Football legend Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona has died at age 60 according to reports in Argentina.

The Argentine great was released from a Buenos Aires hospital last week, after undergoing brain surgery.

The 1986 World Cup champion had an emergency operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain.

Dr. Luque said an accident likely caused the subdural hematoma but that Maradona did not recall any falls or mishaps.

Maradona felt ill Oct. 30 while coaching first-division team Gimnasia y Esgrima. He had left before the end of the first half, raising questions about his health.

Maradona is often rated as one of the greatest footballers of all time and in 2000 was named FIFA player of the century in a joint award with Brazilian great Pele.

Raised in a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors at age 15.

He played his first game for Argentina a year later but was left out of the 1978 World Cup squad at age 17 because coach César Luis Menotti said he was too young.

Maradona would go onto play in four World Cups for Argentina, including captaining the side to their second title at the 1986 tournament in Mexico. He played every minute of every Argentina game, scoring five goals. He led Argentina to the final four years later in Italy before losing 1-0 to West Germany.

He set the world record transfer fee when signing a deal with Barcelona for £5 million in 1982. His time in Spain lasted only 36 appearances before he signed an even bigger transfer fee to Napoli two years later, where he carved out a remarkable run for the southern Italy club.

Led by Maradona, Napoli won their first ever Serie A title in 1987. They claimed a second title three years later.

Maradona was involved in one of the most controversial moments in football history when he guided the ball into the goal with his hand during the 1986 semifinal win over England.

He described the goal as “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God” – which saw the famous moment dubbed ‘The hand of God’. It gave Argentina a 1-0 lead, however minutes later Maradona scored a second which started from a run inside his own half which was voted by Fifa as the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup.

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