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Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60

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Diego Maradona led Argentina to World Cup success in 1986; he underwent brain surgery at the start of November

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 underwent brain surgery at the start of November and his lawyer said he would continue to be treated for alcohol dependency.

The 1986 World Cup winner had an emergency operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain.

Diego Maradona of Argentina
10 Jun 1986: Portrait of Diego Maradona of Argentina during the World Cup match against Bulgaria at the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. Argentina won the match 2-0.

Maradona was initially admitted to another clinic in La Plata with signs of depression, anemia and dehydration, before being moved to Olivos when the subdural hematoma was discovered.

Maradona felt ill on October 30 while coaching first-division team Gimnasia y Esgrima. He had left before the end of the first half, raising questions about his health.

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford paid tribute on Twitter, while Gary Lineker wrote: “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

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