The entire world mourns as one of the Greatest Footballer of all time to ever step foot in the game leaves the world aged 60. Diego Maradona, An Argentinian footballing sensation was pronounced dead on Wednesday after suffering from Cardiac Arrest. Maradona recently went through surgery to remove the blood clot from his brain.
The entire football community including the current and former players all paid their tribute to the legend through various social media platforms.
Messi’s tribute to Maradona stating “He leaves us but he isn’t going anywhere, because Diego is eternal.”
Hoje despeço-me de um amigo e o Mundo despede-se de um génio eterno. Um dos melhores de todos os tempos. Um mágico inigualável. Parte demasiado cedo, mas deixa um legado sem limites e um vazio que jamais será preenchido. Descansa em paz, craque. Nunca serás esquecido.?? pic.twitter.com/WTS21uxmdL— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 25, 2020
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis to RMC stated “The Stadio San Paolo could take Maradona’s name.”. Maradona had a 7-year spell at Naples where it’s described as the Peak of his Professional career as his contribution led to Napoli’s first-ever league title in 1986 followed by a second title in 1989 along with a UEFA Cup in the same year.
People all across the globe gave their tribute to football’s greatest, Captain of Indian Football Team Sunil Chhetri and Captain of Indian Cricket Team Virat Kohli also shared their kind words to honor the legend.
RIP Diego Maradona. He changed the way the beautiful game of football is played. True genius.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 26, 2020
World Cup 1986 is definitely the silver lining to Maradona’s football legacy. A world cup that can easily be stated as ‘The Maradona World Cup’ where he single-handedly bossed the entire World Cup campaign with the greatest controversial moment stated as the ‘Hand of God’ against England. Despite the controversy, Argentina go on to win the game and later to win the World Cup.
Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup by Numbers:
53 Take-ons completed
One of the greatest tournament displays of all-time. An icon. A legend.
In his 21 years professional career, Diego Maradona bagged 259 goals in his 490 official club games. Maradona had 91 caps for Argentina where he managed to score 34 goals. Maradona was a victim of a series of injuries that followed him around through his professional career.
A career filled with surreal skills, glory, controversial moments, injuries, drug addiction, etc, Diego Maradona tasted it all. But the unique personality of Maradona and the mentality to live the life to fullest without any regrets make the world realize why he was the best in the game despite all the controversies and setbacks.
With that being said, Diego Maradona will definitely go into the history books as one of the greatest players of all time. He was a role model, He was the myth and the legend of football. Maradona was, to put it simply, your favorite football player’s favorite football player. Leaving behind a legacy that shall be remembered and inspired by millions of footballers and their fans all around the globe.
REST IN PEACE “DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA”
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