Tributes are Pouring in from All over Following the Death of Argentine Football Legend, Diego Maradona

Argentine football legend, Diego Armando Maradona has died at the age of 60 after a heart attack. He reportedly died just two weeks after being released from the hospital where he received treatment for a bleed in his brain.

Following news of Maradona’s death Wednesday, the President of Argentina, Fernandez called for three days of national mourning while UEFA, the world football governing body in Europe announced there would be a minute of silence before its Champions League and Europa League games this week.


Diego Armando Maradona at the Peak of his football glory in 1986 when Argentina lifted World Cup Trophy (C) Transformarkt

Pele, the Brazilian legend and perhaps the greatest footballer of all time wrote on Twitter that he “lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. … One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky”.

Cristiano Ronaldo, five-time FIFA world player of the year, a Portuguese who currently plays for Juventus of Turin in Italy, tweeted that “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius.”

Maradona attained the peak in his career when he led Argentina’s national team to victory in the 1986 World Cup. He lifted the coveted trophy for his country, but drug abuse and other acts of self-destruction tainted his final years as a player and he retired in 1997, just a whisper of his former self.

Maradona is on record to have played 91 games for the Argentine national team and was a star for teams in Italy and Spain. He played his last World Cup game in Foxboro, Mass., in 1994, and was escorted off the field for a drug test he ended up failing.