The football icon passed away at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiorespiratroy arrest today. He underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a blood clot from his brain. Tributes have poured in following his death. Argentina president Alberto Fernandez has decreed that there will now be three days of national mourning.
Two weeks ago he was released from a clinic in Buenos Aires but sadly passed away it has been confirmed.
Tributes have been pouring in for the Argentine legend who led his country to World Cup glory in 1986 as captain.
Former England star Lineker wrote on Twitter: “Reports from Argentina that Diego Armando Maradona has died.
“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time.
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“After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego.”
But despite his successful career, he became addicted to cocaine during his seven years in Naples.
Maradona was hit with a 15-moth suspension for drug violations in 1991, the same year he left Napoli and three years later he was thrown out of the World Cup in the US after testing positive for ephedrine.
His life spiralled out of control and in 2000 and 2004, the football legend was hospitalised for heart problems.
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For the second time he required the use of a respirator to breathe properly.
He also suffered from obesity and underwent gastric-bypass surgery in 2005.
Other footballers and fellow sportsmen paid tribute to Maradona.
Theo Walcott wrote on Twitter: “RIP Diego, a true footballing icon.”
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Cricketer Surya Kumar Yadav tweeted a picture of the Argentine with the caption: “RIP Legend.”
The official Twitter account for the Premier League wrote: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of footballing great, Diego Maradona, an extraordinarily gifted footballer who transcended the sport.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences to Diego’s family, friends and those who knew him.”
Former footballer Lauren Etame Mayer wrote: “In 1986, my dream was born: to play in a World Cup like the one you won.
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“I accomplished it and also met you.
“What a privilege to have seen you play! RIP Maradona.”
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny also said: “Rest in peace Legend.”
British boxer, Derek Chisora paid tribute to the football star and wrote: “Maradona you were a real hero and a footballing legend.
“One of the greatest at what you did and you did things your way.
“An amazing talent on the pitch and you brought joy to so many, by inspiring them to play the beautiful game of football.
“You’ll be remembered as a great. RIP”
Harry Kane tweeted: “Privileged to have met him.
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“Very sad news. RIP Diego Maradona.”
Cesar Luis Menotti, who guided Argentina and Maradona to the World Cup in 1978, said: “I’m devastated. I can’t believe it. I’m absolutely gutted. There’s no more I can say at this moment.
“I thought at first the news of his death was fake news but obviously it’s what happened.
“It’s terrible and a tragic surprise because measures had been taken to make sure he was being looked after.”