The World Cup winner and former Napoli great passed away at home after suffering a cardiac arrest according to reports from Argentina.
Maradona has had a serious of health issues since ending his playing career, as well as fighting alcohol and drug addictions.
In 2004, he was hospitalized with heart and respiratory issues and was in the hospital again in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach. In November 2020 he underwent brain surgery after the discovery of a blood clot.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1960, Maradona made his Argentina debut in 1977 at just 16 but was omitted from the squad that went on to win the 1978 World Cup.
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In 1979, when he scored six times in six appearances to lead Argentina to the Fifa World Youth Championship. His first international goal, scored against Scotland at Hampden Park, came later that year.
His first World Cup, in 1982, saw him score twice against Bulgaria but his frustration at being kicked all-tournament grew and he was sent off as Argentina trailed 3-0 to bitter rivals Brazil.
By Mexico 1986, Maradona was Argentina captain and the best player in the world. His performances only confirmed that as he led his country to the trophy, scoring a memorable brace against England at the Azteca, first punching the ball in for his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal before scoring one of the greatest goals in World Cup history, a breathtaking solo effort that started in his own half.
He scored 34 times in 91 appearances for the Argentine national team.
At club level, he featured for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys.
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