Argentina Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dead at 60 after Heart Attack

Diego Maradona died on Wednesday following a heart attack, his longtime agent Matias Morla announced.

Maradona needed brain surgery for a subdural hematoma to start November. Now, he’s gone before the end of the month.

He burst on the international scene at age 25 when he captained Argentina to a World Cup championship in 1986.

Maradona was named one of two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century Award with Pelé. The Brazilian star shared his thoughts on the loss of Maradona on Twitter.

“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.” (Translated on Twitter from Google).

In 91 international appearances with Argentina’s national team, Maradona scored 34 goals. He was with Italian professional club Napoli for the most appearances (188) where he scored 115 goals.

Maradona struggled with drug issues, specifically an addiction to cocaine from the 1980’s to 2004.

Since retiring from playing in 1997, he had health issues. In 2004, he was hospitalized with severe heart and respiratory problems related to his battle with drug addiction.

He fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and then in Jan. 2019, he went to the hospital for internal bleeding in his stomach.

He also had undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.

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