The football legend from Argentina, Diego Maradona, passed away due to cardiac arrest at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, as confirmed by a spokesman of the family.
The flamboyant player rose to glory from the slums of Buenos Aires to lead Argentina to 1986 World Cup title after scoring two famous goals.
Maradona had undergone a surgery for a brain clot in November.
He was released from a Buenos Aires hospital after undergoing the surgery and was supposed to continue his recovery in his home.
Years of alcoholism and drug abuse had shadowed his stellar career and reduced him to a bloated addict from an athlete who could slalom through footballers towards the goalpost.
Maradona was isolated at home after coming into contact with a person having symptoms of Corona Virus.
Maradona caused numerous controversies from the days of his peak career such as getting sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the United States for doping and later dropping in and out of the game as a coach.
But he reinvented himself with a comeback in 2008 as a coach of the Argentina team despite having any previous coaching experience.
Years of drug use, overeating and alcoholism truncated a stellar career and altered his appearance from the lithe athlete who could move effortlessly through teams to a bloated addict who nearly died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000.
But he reinvented himself in a stunning comeback in 2008 as coach of the Argentina team, persuading managers that with sheer charisma he could inspire the team to victory, despite a lack of coaching experience.
After being the coach of Argentina he did some coaching in the United Arab Emirates and a Second division Mexican Club. In 2019, he returned to his native country to take charge of Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.
In Argentina, he was worshipped as ‘El Dios’ – The God – partly a play on words on his number 10 shirt, ‘El Diez. Argentinians all over the world could make friends by just mentioning Maradona’s name, which showed their devotion towards Maradona.
“In our collective imagination Diego Maradona represents a certain glorious past, he’s a symbol of what we might have been,” popular culture professor at Buenos Aires University and Maradona expert Pablo Alabarces told news agency Reuters.
“He will always be forgiven,” said Maradona fan Marcelo Pose, a Buenos Aires attorney.
‘Diego Maradona was a maestro of football, who enjoyed global popularity. Throughout his career, he gave us some of the best sporting moments on the football field. His untimely demise has saddened us all. May his soul rest in peace.’ a tweet from Hon’ble Prime Minister of India pays respect to Late Diego Maradona.