A man waves a t shirt with a picture of Diego Maradona as fans wait to enter the Government House to pay tribute to the late football legend in Buenos Aires, on Nov. 26, 2020. Argentina's 1986 World Cup hero Diego Maradona has died. Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez said: "Diego was Argentina in the world. Maradona and Pelé hold "Sports Oscar" trophies in 1987. Maradona gives instructions to Argentina star Lionel Messi during a match at the 2010 World Cup. Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later … Maradona, playing for Barcelona, dribbles past Manchester United players in 1984. Argentina began three days of mourning on Thursday following the death of football legend Diego Maradona. Earlier this month, Maradona had successfully undergone surgery for a blood clot on his brain. Maradona, as manager of Argentina's national team, is greeted by schoolchildren before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Later came Verónica Ojeda, also his ex-wife, with their son, Dieguito Fernando. CNN Sans ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network. The first fan to visit was Nahuel de Lima, 30, using crutches to move because of a disability. A nomadic managerial career followed his playing years, taking him from Argentina to Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. 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. Soccer-stand insults chanted by the funeral crowd echoed that nationalist pride: “The one who doesn’t jump is English,” “Brazilian, Brazilian, you are so bitter, Maradona is bigger than Pelé.”, Many Argentines deeply sympathized with the struggles of a man who rose from poverty to fame and wealth and fell into abuse of drug, drink and food. Many of those in line to enter the Casa Rosada wore masks because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but they struggled to keep social distancing. Other Argentine footballers, such as Boca Juniors’ Carlos Tévez, showed up, too. Argentina advanced to the final but lost to West Germany. Maradona finished out his playing career at Boca, where he starred in the early 1980s before moving to Europe. Most recently, he coached Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina. The next year, Boca Juniors sold Maradona to Spanish club Barcelona for a world-record fee. A man waves a t shirt with a picture of Diego Maradona as fans wait to enter the Government House to pay tribute to the late football legend in Buenos Aires, on Nov. 26, 2020. Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Maradona became a household name after inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 1986. The team advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Germany. Maradona sits at his home in Buenos Aires in 1980. The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at … Heart failure is a chronic condition that gradually damages the heart's ability to pump blood. Police tried to limit the number of mourners lined up outside after learning that Maradona’s family asked authorities to end the wake at 4 p.m., Argentine news … "The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. "Our silence, our tears, our pain is the only thing we are feeling deep inside us at this time," he said. Argentina's president has said there will be three days of national mourning following the death of the country's most famous footballer. The official autopsy results have yet to be released. You will never be forgotten," Ronaldo wrote on, FIFA President Gianni Infantino called Maradona "simply immense" and said "he deserves our eternal gratitude.". He won two Serie A titles with the Italian side which tweeted "Forever. The Argentine Football Association confirmed news of Maradona’s passing on Twitter Wednesday. Maradona kisses his Boca Juniors teammate Claudio Caniggia after a goal against rival River Plate in 1996. 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. Maradona, an outspoken leftist who had an image of Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara tattooed on one bicep, was a friend of the Madres and of … Thank you for having existed,". Diego Maradona, who captained the 1986 World Cup-winning team, died from a heart attack at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Maradona broke into professional soccer with Boca Juniors but went on to play for leading European clubs such as Barcelona and Napoli. Maradona balances a ball on his head at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2008. Juan Pablo Varsky, Matias Grez, Aleks Klosok, Claudia Dominguez, Tatiana Arias and Ignacio Grimaldi contributed reporting. Maradona's last managerial job was with Argentine club Gimnasia y Esgrima. From the earliest days of his career, he was known as "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"). The lines started forming outside the Casa Rosada only hours after Maradona’s death was confirmed and grew to several blocks. Fluid can build up in the lungs as a result -- a condition known as pulmonary edema. Rest in peace, ace. Maradona was back for his fourth World Cup in 1994, but it wasn't for long. Here, he is seen before a match in January 2020. Maradona died on Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he recovered from a brain operation on Nov. 3. He failed a drug test in 1991 and received a 15-month ban from the game. As per international media reports, Maradona died at his home in Buenos Aires just days after turning 60. After news of his death emerged, at 22:00 on Wednesday (01:00 GMT) - an hour chosen to match the number on his shirt - stadiums across Argentina switched on their floodlights to honour his memory. Argentina captain Lionel Messi has paid his respects to countryman and fellow football icon Diego Maradona after his death at the age of 60 following a heart attack. Maradona ties his shoelaces before a friendly game against West Germany in 1987. Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. His ex-wife Claudia Villafañe came with Maradona's daughters Dalma and Gianinna. People gather to mourn the death of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, outside the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 25, 2020. Tens of thousands of fans, many weeping but eager to honor Diego Maradona, filed past the coffin of Argentina's most iconic soccer star on Thursday. Open visitation started at 6:15 a.m. local time after a few hours of privacy for family and close friends.The first to bid farewell were his daughters and close family members. He started from his own half, dribbling past many English defenders on his way to scoring what was later called "The Goal of the Century.". Fans in outpouring of love for Maradona in Naples. Football News: Argentina football legend Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the game's greatest ever players, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, his lawyer Buenos Aires (CNN)Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona, who has died aged 60, succumbed to heart failure, a source from the Argentinian Justice Ministry present at the time of his autopsy told CNN en Español on Wednesday. The ball went in off Maradona's hand and should have been disallowed, but the officials missed the call. While his influence on soccer will never be forgotten, Maradona transcended the sport. Later in the game he scored one of the best goals in history after weaving his way past seven English defenders. He led an underdog team to glory in the 1986 World Cup, winning the title after scoring two astonishing goals in a semifinal match against England, thrilling a country that felt humiliated by its loss against the British in the recent Falklands war and that was still recovering from the brutal military dictatorship. The Argentine Football Association confirmed Maradona's death on Wednesday and posted a short message on its social media platforms. Officers at one point used tear gas to try to control them. “Diego is the people .... Today the shirts, the political flags don't matter. Meanwhile, Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo said goodbye to an "eternal genius. Lidia and Estela Villalba cried near the exit of the lobby. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Tens of thousands of fans, many weeping but eager to honor Diego Maradona, filed past the coffin of Argentina's most iconic soccer star on Thursday. He died of a heart attack at his home, according to the BBC. Then came former teammates of the 1986 World Cup-winning squad, including Oscar Ruggeri. His glittering career was also marked by numerous controversies and his notorious lifestyle led to alcoholism and addiction. ", "One of the best ever. When Maradona joined Napoli, one newsreader remarked, "the poorest city in Italy buys the most expensive player in the world.". "We came to say goodbye to a great that gave us a lot of joy," one mourner said. In October 2008, Maradona was named head coach of Argentina's national team, taking them to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where they lost 4-0 to Germany. A Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis "looks back with affection to the occasions of encounter in recent years and remembers it in prayer, as he has done in recent days since he learned of his health conditions. Maradona talks to Cuban President Fidel Castro before recording a TV show in Havana, Cuba, in 2005. Almost all of Argentina's papers led with images of Maradona at the 1986 World Cup. A woman walks past a Maradona mural in San Justo, Argentina, in October 2020. Maradona's lawyer Matias Morla earlier told CNN that the star had died of cardiac arrest. Maradona led Argentina to … During his time in Italy, he came into contact with the Camorra -- the Neapolitan mafia -- and struggled with addiction. Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia also expressed his “deep grief” after learning the news. “We told him we love him, that he was the greatest," they said at the same time. Maradona addresses the media after Argentina dropped him from the 1994 World Cup team. Among those present were the renowned barrabravas fans of Boca Juniors, one of his former clubs. Maradona will lie in honor for public viewing at Argentina's presidential palace, Casa Rosada, according to a statement published by the country's official news agency, Telam. Danish double volley stuns social media, Diego Maradona: Argentine prosecutors investigating potential gross negligence in death, Diego Maradona laid to rest in Buenos Aires, Diego Maradona and the 'Goal of the Century', Roma legend Totti visits young fan who awoke from coma, Ezzeldin Bahader: The world's oldest professional footballer, Diego Maradona: World reacts to the passing of a football legend, Cesc Fabregas judges freestyle football championship, El Clasico: Moments from Europe's biggest rivalry. You were the greatest of all. Maradona’s soccer genius, personal struggles and plain-spoken personality resonated deeply with Argentines. Others, mindful of Maradona's often tense relationship with the press, insulted journalists. Paris Saint-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappé changed his Twitter picture to one of Maradona and, Barcelona, one of Maradona's former clubs, also. Dozens of other shirts of different soccer teams tossed in by weeping visitors were scattered on and around the casket. The cause of death was an "acute secondary lung edema to exacerbated chronic heart failure," the source said. "He leaves us but he doesn't go anywhere because Diego is eternal. People gather to mourn the death of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, outside the Diego Amrando Maradona stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 25, 2020. ", In the same match against England, Maradona scored another goal that would go down in history. Maradona ended his playing career back in Argentina, returning to Boca. The retired midfielder was considered one of the greatest players of his time when he led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 as captain. 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.". Goodbye Diego" along with a blue heart. Diego Maradona is carried around the field after leading Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup final. REUTERS/Martin Villar Updated 0422 GMT (1222 HKT) November 26, 2020. I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to send my condolences and best wishes to all of his friends and family," Messi wrote on Instagram. He remained idolized in the soccer-mad nation as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”. Maradona celebrates on the shoulders of teammates after they won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championships. During the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup, Maradona outjumps England goalkeeper Peter Shilton to score. A few months after that, he made his international debut with Argentina's national team. In 1991, Maradona tested positive for cocaine use and was banned for the sport for 15 months. The casket was covered in an Argentine flag and the No. If there's one place outside Argentina that will likely match the outpouring of grief for footballer Maradona's death, it's Naples. Maradona, attending the 2018 World Cup as a fan, celebrates an Argentina goal in St. Petersburg, Russia. Widely considered as the greatest player to ever play the game of … "A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. BUENOS AIRES — Tens of thousands of fans eager to honor Diego Maradona lined up to file past the coffin of Argentina's most iconic soccer star on Thursday, some confronting police who tried to maintain order at the country's presidential mansion. 10 shirt he famously wore for the national team. Maradona celebrates a teammate's goal during the 1990 World Cup. Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. They had two daughters together before divorcing in 2004. In 2000, the two split FIFA's Player of the Century award. Argentina football legend Maradona dies age 60 World Cup-winner Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, his longtime lawyer and agent Matias Morla … Both had a Boca Juniors shirt and an Argentinian flag on their shoulders. Despite the obvious handball, the goal was allowed to stand because the referee did not see the foul. Maradona celebrates a goal during the 2010 World Cup. Argentine footballing legend Diego Armando Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 years. Many fans proudly displayed Maradona tattoos. A Maradona documentary was making its premiere at the festival. "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. "You took us to the top of the world. Diego Maradona's death last month shook the world of sport in a year which began with the tragic loss of basketball hero Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash.We take a look at some of the sporting figures who passed away in 2019:Diego Maradona, 60Maradona's death brought Argentina to a … The 1986 World Cup-winner was 60-years-old. Fans took to the streets across Argentina and in Naples on Wednesday to pay tribute to their hero. IE 11 is not supported. Maradona meets another famous Argentine, Pope Francis, in 2014. 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. Maradona married Claudia Villafañe in 1984. Photographs of late soccer legend Diego Maradona are projected on the Kirchner Cultural Centre, in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 25, 2020. Maradona is carried by fans after leading Buenos Aires club Boca Juniors to a championship in 1981. “He made Argentina be recognized all over the world. Fans blew kisses as they passed Maradona's wooden casket in the main lobby of the presidential building, some strike their chests with closed fists and shouting, “Let’s go, Diego.”. Argentina has announced a 3-day national mourning in the country. Some TV presenters burst into tears as they announced the news 'that left the country in total shock'. The diminutive forward out-jumped legendary keeper Peter Shilton and punched the ball into the net. You made us feel incredibly happy. President Alberto Fernandez has already declared three days of mourning to honor Maradona -- a national hero in Argentina and widely regarded as one of the greatest football players … Maradona, who was released from hospital earlier this month after an emergency operation for a blood clot on the brain, suffered a heart attack at home. Some threw bottles and pieces of metal fencing at police near the Casa Rosada in the heart of Buenos Aires. “I told him: to victory always, Diego," Monje said as she wept. Monje also paid her last tribute to Maradona. Argentina defeated West Germany at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. It is now known as the "Hand of God" goal after Maradona said he hit the ball a little with his head "and a little with the hand of God. Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60, though the Argentina and Napoli idol seemed to pack in enough action into his six decades to fill 10 regular lives. One of the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona passed away at age 60 after suffering a heart attack in Tigre, Argentina. Earlier this month, Maradona underwent successful surgery for a subdural hematoma -- more commonly known as a blood clot on the brain. Maradona greets fans outside the Casa Rosada government house after meeting with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez in 2019. It is an increasingly common problem that can be fatal. READ: The tormented genius who became one of football's greatest players, READ: Maradona autographs shirt to help poor district of Buenos Aires. Fellow Argentine Lionel Messi, whom many saw as the modern-day Maradona, said it was a "very sad day.". Fans worldwide paid tribute and Argentina was in mourning on Thursday after Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time, died aged 60 … Thousands of people have been mourning the former Naples star Maradona, after news of his sudden death. Just hours before the team's final first-round game, it was revealed that he had tested positive for the use of ephedrine, a banned stimulant. Jana, who Maradona recognized as his daughter only a few years ago, also attended the funeral. You will always be in our hearts," it. A year earlier, he made his professional debut with the club Argentinos Juniors. Maradona is joined by his wife, Claudia, and their daughters Giannina, left, and Dalma while celebrating his 35th birthday in 1995. Social worker Rosa Noemí Monje, 63, said she and others overseeing health protocols understood the emotion of the moment. He was 60 years old. He had a brief and controversy-packed spell as Argentine national team coach … Maradona began his professional career … A 16-year-old Maradona warms up in Buenos Aires in 1977. Crowds line Buenos Aires streets to pay respects to Maradona, Soccer superstar Diego Maradona dies at age 60. Who speaks of Maradona also speaks of Argentina," de Lima told The Associated Press. We came to say goodbye to a great that gave us a lot of joy.”. We behave respectfully and offer them sanitizer and face masks,” she said. “It is impossible to ask them to distance. Maradona holds his daughters Dalma and Giannina in 1989. Coming as tragic news for all football fans around the globe, legendary Argentina footballer and former FIFA World Cup winner Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday. Buenos Aires (CNN) Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona, who has died aged 60, succumbed to heart failure, a source from the Argentinian … An unparalleled magician. ", Diego Maradona: Football icon dies at age 60, Paolo Rossi: 1982 World Cup hero for Italy dies at age 64, PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Teams walk off pitch following alleged racist incident, MLS 25: Cobi Jones speaks about MLS' greatest players ever, Wrexham: Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney take over Welsh football team, Darren Lewis on Millwall fans booing BLM kneeling, Nicolai Geertsen: Is this the goal of the year? Maradona is survived by five children and his former wife, 58-year-old Claudia Villafane, whom he split with in 2004 after 20 years of marriage. Maradona takes on the Belguim defence during the 1982 World Cup. 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