Diego Maradona, one of the greatest football players of all time, is dead Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021

Diego Maradona, who is considered one of the greatest football players of all time, has died. He was 60.

The Argentinian died of a heart attack, his lawyer said. He had a brain surgery this month.

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Maradona led his country to a World Cup glory in 1986.

His goal against England in the quarter-final is often referred to as the greatest goal of all time. Many will also remember his infamous “Hand of God” during that match in 1986.

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona

Maradona displayed a level of skill and strength not seen before.

He was famous throughout the world, and in Africa, many people named their children after him.

Argentina’s government declared three days of national mourning on the news of his passing.

“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all,” President Alberto Fernandez said in a statement.

Reports said Maradona was admitted to a clinic in La Plata, Argentina on November 2, experiencing what his doctor Leopold Luque, described as depression, anemia and dehydration.

The next day on November 3, Dr. Luque told reporters that Maradona had a subdural hematoma, or bleeding that collects in tissues surrounding the brain and can be caused by a head injury.

Dr. Luque said Maradona would undergo surgery. He died three weeks after.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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