Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest football player the football field has ever seen died due to a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. He was 60 years old and had undergone brain surgery two weeks back in a hospital. The football fans all across the world are reacting in shock to this tragic story and the sudden demise of the Argentinian legend.
Maradona represented Argentina in 4 World Cups and was instrumental in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup win carrying his national team almost single-handedly to the coveted trophy also winning the Golden Ball of the tournament in the process. Never before and since has one player had such a profound impact any World Cup. In his club career, he played notably for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli and Sevilla and became the first player in the world to have world record transfer fees twice.
While Maradona has lots of records to his name, he is best known for his game against England in Quarterfinal of 1986 World Cup where he scored arguably both, the most infamous and famous goals in football history. For his first goal, he punched the ball at the back of his head into the goal which later became famous as the “Hand of God” goal. Five minutes later, he glided past 6 English players covering almost 60 per cent of the field alone to score one of the most beautiful goals the world has ever seen eventually getting voted in 2002 by as FIFA as the ‘Goal of the Century’.
Maradona also led poverty-stricken Napoli to win first ever Serie A title in 1987 and repeated this feat again in 1990 reaching almost Saint like status in the city. He also won the Italian Cup in 1987 and 1991 with the same club. In 2000, Napoli retired their number 10 shirt. Mourning the death of the legend, Pele, the Brazilian legend stated that he wished to play football with him in the sky. The wishes for Maradona are coming from every part of the planet, such was the impact of the legend. He is survived by his 5 children.