The football world has been thrown into mourning following the tragic death of Diego Maradona.
The Argentina legend, who was the manager of Argentinian club side Gimnasia passed away aged 60 on Wednesday, November 25th, after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home country.
The news comes just two weeks after he left the hospital where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain.
The Argentine FA confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter which read: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.
“You will always be in our hearts.”
Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, was the inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986, winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
He also led the country to the final of the 1990 tournament in Italy although his international playing career ended in shame when he failed a drug test at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli, and Barcelona among others, and was adored by millions of fans for his football talent.
During his time with Italian side Napoli, he won the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.
In 1999 and 2000 he was taken to hospital suffering heart problems, the second time requiring a respirator to breathe.
In 2004, he was again treated in hospital for severe heart and respiratory problems linked to his drug abuse.
He has undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.
In January, he had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach, and in July he underwent a knee operation.
Three weeks ago he was admitted to hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain, before being discharged to recover at home.
Football clubs and countries around the world including notable figures have paid tributes to the legend.
Hoje despeço-me de um amigo e o Mundo despede-se de um génio eterno. Um dos melhores de todos os tempos. Um mágico inigualável. Parte demasiado cedo, mas deixa um legado sem limites e um vazio que jamais será preenchido. Descansa em paz, craque. Nunca serás esquecido.?? pic.twitter.com/WTS21uxmdL
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 25, 2020
A true great of the game.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/jImGjnjhUl
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2020
The football community mourns the loss of Diego Maradona ? pic.twitter.com/qIA0v0vvN8
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 25, 2020
“I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend.”
— ESPN (@espn) November 25, 2020
The world awaits our words but there are no words to describe the pain we’re going through. Now is the time to grieve.
Diego ? pic.twitter.com/40TTOIDNQ4
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 25, 2020
Thank you for everything, Diego pic.twitter.com/bJ9l3ixY7A
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2020
Football has lost one of its greatest icons.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/uGIinhLDgf
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 25, 2020
We’re joining the footballing world in saying farewell to one of the absolute greats.
RIP Diego Maradona ? pic.twitter.com/n16SGF3KXn
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 25, 2020
The best, such sad news. Rest in peace, legend. pic.twitter.com/YK2sjkmcJm
— Ben Chilwell (@BenChilwell) November 25, 2020
A genius of his art. A master of our game. One of the all-time greats.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. ? pic.twitter.com/SRsFhnGrlX
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 25, 2020
??? RIP Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/lXktqxpIMp
— ?? Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) November 25, 2020
UEFA president Aleksander ?eferin: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Diego Maradona, one of world football’s greatest and most iconic figures. He achieved greatness as a wonderful player with a genius and charisma of his own.” pic.twitter.com/BYGWL2sNFZ
— UEFA (@UEFA) November 25, 2020