Diego Maradona, “the god of football” returns to his maker aged 60

Argentinian football legend, Diego Maradona Argentinian football legend, Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona, nicknamed in his home country as "the god of football", where he is loved and worshiped by soccer lovers, has returned to his maker at age 60.

The Argentinian football legend and winner of the 1986 World Cup, passed away at home in Tigre after suffering a heart attack, according to reports in Argentina.

Maradona, was recovering at home following brain surgery in Buenos Aires, where he was successfully treated for a possible bleeding on the brain earlier this month.

Born on October 30, 1960 at Lanús, Maradona, after his professional football career, did some managerial jobs including his national team but was unsuccessful.

He was, however, widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, and by many as the greatest ever. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.

Like the Portuguese professional footballer with Serie A club Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro who is often compared to another Argentine sensation with the Spanish club Barcelona, Lionel Andrés Messi, Maradona often shared the stage with the Brazilian; Edson Arantes do Nascimento, alias Pelé, who was 20 years his senior ,but those who saw Maradona play, rated him higher.

Last Friday, Maradona was sedated by medics after the former footballer suffered issues related to alcohol dependency following his surgery, with doctors describing the legend as suffering from a "mix" of serious issues, including cardiovascular and liver issues.

It was stated that Maradona would require constant support, including admission to an alcohol addiction clinic, following his discharge from hospital.

However, according to Clarin.com, while recovering at home, Maradona suffered a heart attack and passed away shortly afterward.

Maradona emerged from the youth ranks in the late 1970s at Argentinos Juniors, where he scored 116 goals from 167 games before signing for one of the country's biggest clubs, Boca Juniors. His talents were soon spotted by Europe's top scouts, and he was lured away to La Liga by Barcelona before joining unfashionable Serie A side Napoli in 1984, where he became a legend.

On the international stage, Maradona's hot-headed nature was on show as he exploded into the Argentina national team ahead of the 1982 World Cup in Spain. But his temper got the better of him when he was sent off for kicking out at Brazilian player Batista in the knockout stages as Argentina crashed out of the tournament.

Maradona returned four years later with a point to prove, and produced arguably the best tournament performance by a single player in World Cup history as he led Argentina to the top of the world at the 1986 World Cup.

His infamous "Hand of God" goal against hated rivals England elevated Maradona, already an icon in his homeland, to even greater heights, while his second goal in teh game, a mesmerizing run from inside his own half, is still regarded by many as the greatest goal ever scored in World Cup.

His career went on the decline after 1986, but he still led Argentina to the final of the 1990 World Cup. Issues with banned substances marred his appearance four years later in the United States, and gave a glimpse of the troubles that would befall him after his career.

Source: RT