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Diego Maradona dead at 60: The best of ‘Hand of God’ (VIDEO)

by Janja Strah

Diego Maradona has died from a heart attack just days after turning 60.

The Argentinian football legend died at home, his lawyer said, just three weeks after having surgery on a blot clot in his brain.

Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”

Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

Former England striker Gary Lineker said Maradona was »by some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the Greatest of all time«.

He added: »After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God.«

Brazil’s Pele said: »Certainly one day we’ll kick a ball together in the sky above.«

One of Maradona’s former teams, Napoli, said his death was a “devastating blow” for both the city and the club.

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