Argentina Mourn Footballing Genius Maradona

The world of football is still recovering after hearing that Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60.

The Argentinian legend suffered a heart attack on Wednesday, three weeks after undergoing surgery on a blood clot on his brain.

A legend loved by everybody in Argentina

Three days of national mourning have begun in Argentina. His body will lie in state at the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, during that time.

The former Barcelona and Napoli forward, inspired Argentina to World Cup glory in1986. He will always be remembered as surely the greatest footballer ever. On the bad side, Maradona will forever be known as the “Hand of God”.

Napoli considering renaming stadium

Napoli are already considering renaming the San Paolo Stadium in honour of their greatest player. During his time at Napoli, Maradona helped the club to two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup in seven seasons.

All of this after his shock move from Barcelona in 1984 where he served two seasons with the Spanish giants.

In 1976 at the tender age of 15 Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors. Maradona spent five years at Argentinos making 167 appearances and scoring 115 goals. After the success at Argentinos he moved on to Boca Juniors for a solitary season where he netted 28 goals in 40 appearances.

Outstanding international career for Maradona

The Argentinian maestro went on to represent his country 91 times in a period of 17 years. Maradona captained the team to victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. 

In that World Cup he scored one of the greatest goals you will ever see anywhere on a football field.  In less than 11 seconds he went from facing his own goal in his own half to hitting the net.

His mazy run leaving six England players left chasing shadows looking bemused as to what had just happened to them.

As much as he will be remembered for his outstanding skills and trickery on the pitch, he will also be known for that famous hand.

Will always be remembered for that hand of god goal

In the same World Cup Quarter Final game, he clearly cheated England with the “Hand of God” goal. When asked if he did handle the ball, he replied it was the “Hand of God”.

In 1994 he was sent home in disgrace from the World Cup in the United States after failing a drug test.

In 2008 Maradona was appointed national coach

2008 saw Maradona appointed head coach of Argentina, but loses his job after losing to Germany in the Quarter-Finals of the 2010 World Cup.

For all his astonishing talent, his life was blighted by battles with cocaine, alcohol and overeating.

Maradona truly was one of the greatest and a true legend. Sadly towards the end of his life he had his biggest battles off the pitch, and succumbed to those this week.

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