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Maradona dies aged 60: tributes and reaction – latest updates | Football


Argentina has declared three days of national mourning starting today,
said a statement from Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández.
“You took us to the highest of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you all our lives,” said Argentina’s president Alberto Fernández in a tweet.

In Argentina, newscasters are in tears reporting Maradona’s death.
“Part of our childhood has died,” said a sobbing newscaster barely
able to get the words out on the TV news channel C5N. “I thought he
could never die,” said another.

Nine ambulances arrived to try and revive Maradona after he was found lifeless, apparently from a heart attack, shortly before midday at a rented home in a gated community in the suburb of Tigre, north of Buenos Aires. Maradona was recovering from brain surgery on 3 November. Although the operation had been successful, Maradona was reported to be suffering from abstinence from his alcohol habit.

Alberto Fernández (@alferdez)

Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.

Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC

November 25, 2020

Johan Cruyff, another all-time great, and a fellow Barcelona alumni, has paid tribute, despite himself dying in 2016. The Twitter account is run by his foundation.

Johan Cruyff (@JohanCruyff)

Rest in peace, Diego Armando Maradona. You are eternal. pic.twitter.com/qHN7Qc4oxa

November 25, 2020

Pele, Maradona’s only competitor to be the 20th century’s greatest player, has also paid tribute. The pair had a testy relationship, but eventually made their peace with each other.

What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.

Pelé (@Pele)

Que notícia triste. Eu perdi um grande amigo e o mundo perdeu uma lenda. Ainda há muito a ser dito, mas por agora, que Deus dê força para os familiares. Um dia, eu espero que possamos jogar bola juntos no céu. pic.twitter.com/6Li76HTikA

November 25, 2020

A bulkier, mulleted Maradona graced Sevilla for only a short time during the 1992-93 season.

Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG)

A hero for an entire country and football itself.
One of the greatest players to have graced the game of football, and we were lucky enough to enjoy you at Sevilla FC.
Diego Armando Maradona, forever eternal.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/BXHNC51vxe

November 25, 2020

Here’s Jonathan Wilson’s tribute to Maradona.

This clip, watched millions of times over, captures the vitality of Maradona the player showed. Football came easier to him than just about anyone. Live is life indeed.

Updated at 12.45pm EST

Maradona’s teammate at the 1982 World Cup, Mario Kempes, was the player who inspired Argentina to the 1978 World Cup, which a teenage Maradona was disappointed to have missed out on.

Diego Armando Maradona has left us the day of Argentine soccer, and through this medium I want to send my most heartfelt words of condolences to all his family and friends. Fly high Diego, RIP.

Mario Kempes (@ESPNMarioKempes)

Se fue un grande del Futbol Argentino Diego Armando Maradona nos ha dejado el día de, a través de este medio quiero hacer llegar mis más sentidas palabras de condolencias para todos sus familiares y amigos .
Vuela alto Diego , QEPD. pic.twitter.com/dR5JrzREJ1

November 25, 2020

Some details on his death from our international desk.

Maradona died shortly before midday at a rented home in the San Andrés gated community in the suburb of Benavidez, north of Buenos Aires, according to press reports in Argentina. He is said to have died from a heart attack, while recovering at his home from a brain operation on 3 November. Although the operation had been successful, Maradona was reported to be suffering from abstinence from his alcohol habit.

He wasn’t just an idol in Argentina. Napoli saw the best years of his playing career.

Here’s your chance to share your view of the great man.

Maradona coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup. They were great fun to watch, and ultimately fell apart at the hands of Germany in the quarter-finals, but he was even better to watch on the sidelines.

Maradona, 2010 World Cup. Maradona, 2010 World Cup. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

Ossie Ardiles, a friend and teammate of Maradona with the Argentina national team, has paid this pair of tributes.

osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles)

Thank dear Dieguito for your friendship, for your footbal, sublime, without comparison. Simply, the best football player in the history of football. So many enjoyable moments together. Impossible to say which one was the best. RIP my dear friend. https://t.co/1xshiEZQVh

November 25, 2020
osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles)

Diego playing for us 1986. What a night! RIP Dieguito. pic.twitter.com/28qP6Z4At3

November 25, 2020

In England, Gary Lineker has led the tributes. He and Maradona are inextricably linked by that game at the 1986 World Cup.

Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)

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. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego

November 25, 2020

Diego Armando Maradona, 1960-2020

Diego Maradona, perhaps the 20th century’s greatest footballer, has died. A cardiac arrest is reported in Argentina to be the cause of death. He had lately been ill with a brain haemorrhage to follow many years of ill health. Nobody has burned brighter as a footballer, and very few have crashed down so like he did. The downfall, all 34 years of it, will be picked over piece by piece, but remember him this way, and in the words of BBC radio commentator Bryon Butler as he sauntered through England’s defence at the 1986 World Cup to score his second goal.

Maradona, turns like a little eel, he comes away from trouble, little squat man … comes inside [Terry] Butcher and leaves him for dead, outside [Terry] Fenwick and leaves him for dead, and puts the ball away … and that is why Maradona is the greatest player in the world.

Updated at 12.01pm EST

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