Today, the football world mourns the loss of one it’s greatest ever players. The legendary Argentinian Deigo Maradona has died at the age of 60. Arguably, the greatest player to have ever played the game, Maradona was a magician on the pitch, captaining Argentina’s World Cup-winning team in 1986.
His match against England in the 1986 World Cup produced two of his most iconic moments. He scored twice in that match to lead Argentina to a 2-1 victory. The first goal he intentionally hit the ball with his hand, famously dubbed “The hand of God”. He wouldn’t be defined by that goal though, as a few minutes later, he weaved and ran past his opponents from his own half scoring one of the greatest goals in World Cup history.
Tributes and messages from current and ex-footballers all over the world have poured in. Brazil’s Pele said: “I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. One day, I hope we can play together in heaven.”
Messi has also released a statement saying, “A very sad day for all Argentines and football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.”
In Argentina and in Naples, many fans have gathered outside murals dedicated to Maradona to pay their respects. The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, has announced three days of national mourning.
Rest In Peace, Diego Maradona
*Look for our tribute to Maradona in the upcoming Jan/Feb 2021 Soccer 360 Magazine Print Edition.*