Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona (60) died from a heart attack on Wednesday.
Maradona reportedly had complained to his nephew that he wasn’t feeling well, shortly after getting down for breakfast and said he was going back to bed. He had surgery for a blood clot in his brain two weeks ago.
Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out in the quarter-final with the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal and another – later voted ‘Goal of the Century.’
Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez Declares Three Days of Mourning for Maradona
Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of mourning for Maradona.
“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for a lifetime,” the president said in a tweet.
Maradona is survived by five children, including his daughters Dalma, 33, and Ganina, 31, by his first and only wife Claudia Villafane, 58, to whom he was married from 1984 to 2004.
FIFA Urged to Retire Number 1o Shirt from Footaball in Honour of Diego Maradona
Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has called on FIFA to retire the number 10 shirt from the game to honour Argentine great Diego Maradona.
“Maradona, yes it is tough news, I would like FIFA to retire the number 10 shirt in all competitions, for all teams,” Villas-Boas told reporters after Marseille’s 2-0 Champions League defeat by Porto.
“It would be the best homage we could do for him. He is an incredible loss for the world of football.”
Maradona’s former club Napoli have not used the No. 10 shirt since 2000 as a mark of respect for the player who guided them to several trophies.
Maradona was regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, with fans in Argentina referring to him as ‘El Dios’ ; ‘The god’, but is also a play on words on his number 10 shirt, ‘El Diez.’