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Football legend dies

The football world is in mourning following the passing of Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, who died aged 60 on Wednesday.

Maradona suffered a heart attack at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, having recently battled health problems and undergoing successful surgery earlier this month for a blood clot on his brain.

He famously captained Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, winning the Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.

The tournament also featured his infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the quarter-finals.

He played 91 times for his country, on top of 491 senior matches in a career that stretched from 1976 to 1997.

Maradona played 188 of those matches for Serie A side Napoli, leading the Italian domestic side to their first ever title in 1987.

Upon his retirement from the game Maradona's life was plagued by issues with drugs and alcohol, surviving two separate heart attacks in 2000 and 2004.

He had most recently coached Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in the Primera Division, in charge of the team up until his death.

Tributes have poured in for the footballing great, with the country of Argentina declaring three days of mourning.



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