Diego Maradona Dead at 60, Soccer Legend Dies Weeks After Brain Surgery

Diego Maradona Dead at 60, Soccer Legend Dies Weeks After Brain Surgery

Fans of Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona gather outside Argentinos Junior's Diego Armando Maradona Stadium to mourn his death in La Paternal neighborhood, Buenos Aires, on November 25, 2020, on the day of his death.

The Argentinian was good friends with Castro and has a tattoo of him on his left leg. Maradona cites Che Guevara as an inspiration, saying, "I carry him on my arm and in my heart".

Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home, just two weeks after undergoing surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

Maradona is fondly remembered for his heroics with Argentina in guiding them to three World Cup tournaments, playing a starring role in winning the competition in 1986.

After the World Cup debacle, Maradona effectively became a soccer rounder, moving from team to team, first as a player, then as a coach.

In the 1986 World Cup in Mexico he led Argentina against England, only four years after the two countries had fought a war over the Falkland Islands.

"His gift as a broker of emotions, his artistry in the most noble and revered of games, was his route to becoming a household name like no other", Marcela Mora y Araujo wrote in The Guardian.

Ronaldo, who has won five Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year awards to Messi's six, remembered Maradona as an "eternal genius".

Asif Kapadia succeeds in painting a pretty well-rounded picture of the mercurial man, without falling prey to the folly of looking at Diego Maradona purely in terms of his career in football.

In a message to The Associated Press on Thursday, Platini added Maradona was "a child king".

Before he made his 2019 movie "Diego Maradona, " filmmaker Asif Kapadia produced award-winning documentaries about race vehicle driver Ayrton Senna and singer Amy Winehouse.

"You took us to the top of the world".

The mayor of Naples proposed on Wednesday that the Stadio San Paolo be renamed in honour of the city's beloved Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona.

Napoli plays Croatian side Rijeka on Thursday in the Europa League.

When Maradona joined Napoli in 1984, the southern club had won virtually nothing and was far removed both geographically and socio-economically from the countrys soccer capitals of Milan and Turin.

"Even today I see young kids who didnt (see him play), like my kids, who still have Maradona in their minds and in their hearts".

Barcelona, one of Maradona's former clubs, also tweeted: "Thank you for everything, Diego".

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