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World Football Icon, Diego Maradona Dies At 60

Popular Football Icon, Diego Maradona Dies at 60

It is a dark Wednesday in the football world as legendary Argentina soccer player Diego Maradona dies at 60.

The news of his death was disclosed by a source close to the deceased family.

Having kicked off his professional football career at a very tender age of 16, Maradona retired at the age of 37.

During his football career, Maradona rose to become one of the finest players in football history. Till date, he is still largely regarded as one of the world’s greatest footballers.

The Argentine legend also set some of the finest records as a top-rated footballer.

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He played a total of 490 official club games during his professional career and scored 259 goals.

He also had a significant input for his local team – Argentina, where he played for 17 years.

Maradona played a total of 91 games and had 34 goals to his name during his international career.

Maradona became a household name following his outstanding performance at the 1986 World Cup tournament.

His famous and iconic “Hand of God” goal against England secured the Argentina team their deserved victory at the tournament.

Maradona’s legacy is one to beat

While several football talents have risen after him, Maradona still holds up to his iconic title years after retirement.

An Internet poll conducted by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) named Maradona the top player of the 20th century.

Following the announcement of his death, Argentina’s president, Alberto Fernandez, declared a three-day national mourning in his honor.

President Fernandez has also posted a tribute on Twitter to appreciate the impact of the superstar.

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,” the tweet read.

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Similarly, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, who shared the spotlight alongside Maradona, has also reacted to the death of his co-icon.

The retired Brazilian football superstar  tweeted that;

I have 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 his family members. One day, I hope, we will play football together in heaven.

Reactions from the soccer world

Since the passing of Maradona hit the internet, a lot of football fans across the world have reacted.

As expected, many who couldn’t bear the loss of such a football wonder took to social media platforms to mourn his death.

On the other hand, there have been mixed reactions to his iconic “Hand of God” goal against England.

Here are some reactions from fans across the world:

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