Known for his legendary right foot that led Argentia to World Cup victory in 1986, Diego Maradona died aged 60 in the Buenos Aires Province of Tigre, Argentina on Wednesday 25th November 2020. Famed across the world for his football prowess, Maradona won the hearts and minds of fans across the globe with his inspirational performances. Often named as one of football’s greatest, the much loved personality has been ranked as one of the best alongside Pelé and other notable footballers from South America. 

A sad day for football fans

Fans around the world were saddened and devastated to hear the news of his passing last Wednesday 25th November 2020. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic crisis, Maradona’s death has not been linked to the coronavirus. Instead, reports from the Argentinian Justice Ministry who oversaw his autopsy told USA newsite CNN that Maradona has suffered from heart failure, with the source citing: “acute secondary lung edema to exacerbated chronic heart failure,” as the cause. The condition known as pulmonary edema is the result of fluid build up in the lungs and is a chronic condition that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood around the body. 

Legacy and legend 

Maradona came to prominence in the 1986 World Cup where he scored a miraculous goal against England that he later named as coming from the ‘Hand of God’. The phrase derives from a goal that saw him punch the ball into the net – a clear handball that was not recorded as a foul since the referee did not see its occurrence. Other highlights from the game included a goal that saw him pass seven English defenders and help lead Argentia to a historic victory. 

A national tragedy

Following his death, Maradona’s body will be available for viewing at Argentina’s presidential palace. Three days of national mourning have also been declared by Argentine president Alberto Fernandez.

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