Football loses Maradona
Former Napoli, Barcelona and Argentina footballing icon Diego Maradona has passed away, according to media in Argentina.
— Clarín (@clarincom) November 25, 2020
Reportedly, Maradona suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest in his house, where he had settled after returning from a serious operation. Just three days ago, it was reported that the Argentine had departed hospital, after having a blood clot on his brain removed.
The operation was carried out to remove the buildup of blood between a membrane and his brain, known as a subdural hematoma. Maradona’s personal doctor, Leopoldo Luque, authorised his leave from hospital, after confirming that the operation had been “successful.”
Maradona is regarded by many to be one of, if not the greatest footballer to have ever lived. He lifted the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, in addition to two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup with Napoli. With Barcelona, he won the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup, whilst with with Boca Juniors, before his arrival in Europe, the attacker clinched the Argentinian title.
He managed the Argentine national side between 2008 and 2010, during a coaching career which began in 1994 and continued all the way up until his death – Maradona was the current Gimnasia de La Plata head coach.
Messages to an icon
The footballing world reacted instantly to the sudden news of Diego Maradona’s passing. Many posted their messages on social media.
Gary Lineker, who faced the Argentine in 1986, said: “By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego“
Osvaldo Ardiles, compatriot and teammate in 1986, had the following to say: “Thank dear Dieguito for your friendship, for your footbal, sublime, without comparison. Simply, the best football player in the history of football. So many enjoyable moments together. Impossible to say which one was the best. RIP my dear friend.”
Diego playing for us 1986. What a night! RIP Dieguito. pic.twitter.com/28qP6Z4At3
— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) November 25, 2020
Neymar, who posted a picture with the late Maradona, revealed the message: “DON DIEGO MARADONA…Rest in peace! LEGEND of football!”
Meanwhile, Asif Kapadia, who directed the 2019 documentary film ‘Maradona’, said: “Can’t quite believe DM has gone. Hard to process. He always seemed indestructible. I had 10 hours with the man!! I touched his left foot. We did our best to show the world the man, the myth, the fighter he was. The greatest #legend.”
As the news continues to spread, thousands more will no doubt continue to leave messages of sadness and appreciation for one of football’s biggest-ever losses.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.