November 28, 2020

Argentine Legend Diego Maradona Passes Away

Argentinian football legend and one of the most gifted player to play the game passed away early Thursday morning at his home in Buenos Aires due to heart failure, he was 60. Maradona was considered the best Argentinian player even by the modern game’s legend Lionel Messi.

Maradona had a glittering career both on a club level and internationally. He single handedly won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina, scoring crucial goals most of which turned out to be match winners, he also won the golden ball.

His two goals in the quarter finals against England will always be remembered. The first goal, after 51 minutes, became to be known as the “Hand of God goal”, which Maradona scored by using his hand. His second, four minutes after his first, saw him dribble past five England players, Beardsley, Reid, Butcher, Fenwick, Butcher (again), and finally goalkeeper Peter Shilton, and became known as the “Goal of the Century”.

Many players and managers paid their tributes through social media. Brazilian legend Pele wrote, “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.”

Lionel Messi, for whom Diego was an idol said, “A very sad day for all Argentines and football. He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal. I will keep all the beautiful moments that I lived with him and would like to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”

Messi’s rival on the pitch Cristiano Ronaldo who also admired Maradona wrote on Instagram, “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”

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