Diego Maradona, an Argentinian soccer player widely considered to be among the greatest to ever play the game, has died from a heart attack. He was 60.
The news was first reported Wednesday morning by the Argentinian newspaper Clarín. Maradona had recently left the hospital after undergoing brain surgery for a subdural hematoma.
During his 21-year career, Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”) and led Argentina to the World Cup title in 1986. Along with Pele, Maradona was honored as he FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.
Maradona played for 7 different clubs during his playing career, to go along with his 91 international appearances for team Argentina. He is most known for his time with FC Barcelona and Napoli (full name Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli), and set the record — twice — for a transfer fee when he moved from Boca Juniors to Barcelona, and then from Barcelona to Napoli. During his career, he won 9 club titles with Boca Juniors (1), Barcelona (3) and Napoli (5).
On the international stage, Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups and scored both goals in Argentina’s 2-1 victory over West Germany in the 1986 final, capturing the Golden Ball award. He coached Argentina during the 2010 World Cup, who were knocked out by Germany 4-0 in the quarterfinals, and would leave before the tournament was over. His short-lived tenure was considered a major disappointment, given that Argentina boasted Lionel Messi, among the greatest current players.
Maradona’s career was also known for his public battles with addiction, including cocaine and alcohol. He was banned from the 1994 World Cup after he tested positive for ephedrine.
In a statement, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You’ll always be in our hearts.”
Barcelona and Napoli also honored Maradona on their Twitter accounts:
Thank you for everything, Diego pic.twitter.com/bJ9l3ixY7A
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2020
Always in our hearts 💙
Ciao, Diego pic.twitter.com/I2gTWqdtdB
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 25, 2020