Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday, November 25, after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 60.
The Argentine Football Association confirmed the news on Wednesday and posted a short message on its social media platforms.
Known as one of the greatest players in the history of Football, Maradona became a household name after inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 1986.
He took center stage at the tournament with a memorable performance against England, where he scored an iconic goal that he later described as the “Hand of God.”
Numerous controversies also marked his glittering career, and his notorious lifestyle led to alcoholism and addiction.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez announced three days of national mourning for the passing of the superstar and posted a tribute to Maradona on Twitter.
Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 25, 2020
Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC
“You took us to the top of the world. You made us feel incredibly happy. You were the greatest of all. Thank you for having existed,” it read.
Fans also took to the streets across Argentina and in Naples on Wednesday to pay tribute to their hero.
Meanwhile, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said a minute’s silence would be observed ahead of all European matches this week in honor of the Argentine.
“He will go down in history as someone who set football alight and thrilled fans young and old with his brilliance and skill,” Čeferin said in a statement.
Maradona’s family has authorized an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death, according to a source close to the soccer star.
—(Source: CNN International)