Football lovers have been thrown into mourning on social media as Diego Armando Maradona on Wednesday passed away after suffering a heart attack at age 60.
The Argentine football icon had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue. After tests were carried out, it was revealed that he had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.
The Gimnasia coach, fondly referred to as ‘Hand of God’, was subsequently released from hospital as an outpatient to continue his convalescence, which he carried out at his Tigre residence in northern Buenos Aires.
But this morning he suffered cardiac arrest, and paramedics at the scene failed to revive him, Goal reports. The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the heartbreaking news, paying tribute to one of the nation’s favourite footballing sons.
Hasta siempre, Diego.
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 25, 2020
La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino, a través de su Presidente Claudio Tapia, manifiesta su más profundo dolor por el fallecimiento de nuestra leyenda, Diego Armando Maradona.
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones 💙 pic.twitter.com/xh6DdfCFed
— AFA (@afa) November 25, 2020
“You will be eternal in every heart of the football world,” the message stated as it bade farewell to the superstar.
Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia expressed his “deep grief” after learning the news. Also there will be three days of national mourning in Argentina, according to President Alberto Fernandez.
Maradona began his professional career with Argentinos Juniors at the age of 16 and went on to be considered one of the greatest players ever to step onto a football field.
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