25 Nov, 2020 @ 18:20
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Football legend and former Barcelona superstar Diego Maradona dies at the age of 60

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WORLD-RENOWNED footballer Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after suffering a cardio-respiratory arrest in his home.

Maradona underwent successful surgery earlier this month for a brain blood clot and was released from the clinic in Buenos Aires a fortnight ago.

But sadly, medics were not able to save him today.

One of the sport’s most iconic and greatest players, Maradona joined Barcelona football club in 1982 for a then world record fee equivalent to €6.8 million.

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ICON: Diego Maradona

He also played for Sevilla for one year.

However, he is best known to British people for his ‘Hand of God’ goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter final, when he punched the ball into the net and got away with it.

His second goal in that match, which clinched the victory, was a 60m dribble past five English players and was later voted ‘Goal of the Century.’

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SILKY SKILLS: Maradona in a charity game for Soccer Aid

Maradona’s later life was marred by drug abuse and public controversy, and he became a divisive national hero in Argentina.

The world of football, though, will sorely miss him.

Laurence Crumbie

Laurence Crumbie is a writer from the UK based in Estepona. Before joining the Olive Press he worked as a freelance travel journalist in Myanmar, where he lived for two years.
When he isn't planning his next intrepid trip, Laurence is hunting for great green stories, especially local ones, or writing features for the La Cultura section.
If you have a story, please contact him at [email protected].

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