Diego Maradona, one of the world’s greatest ever soccer players, has died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 60.
According to a Reuters report, Maradona’s lawyer confirmed the news on Wednesday (25 November).
The World Cup-winning Argentina legend had battled health issues in recent months.
Earlier this month, Maradona underwent emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma – a blood clot in the brain.
The charismatic soccer legend led Argentina to their 1986 World Cup triumph, cementing his status as a global superstar. He played in four World Cups.
He was a four-time world footballer of the year and won nine club titles in Italy and Spain, including the UEFA Cup.
Maradona retired from the game aged 37 and became Argentina head coach in 2008 until the 2010 World Cup.
Tributes for Maradona have already started pouring in on social media. English football club Chelsea tweeted, “A genius of his art. A master of our game. One of the all-time greats.”
“Quite simply – a player like no other,” tweeted former England star Michael Owen.
Brazil legend Pele added, “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.”
Alberto Fernandez, the President of Argentina, has declared three days of national mourning in honour of Maradona.
“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all. Thank you for having existed, Diego. We’re going to miss you all our lives,” he said.