Football icon Diego Maradona dies aged 60

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The legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, the Argentinian football association has said.

Maradona, who captained Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning team, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time – if not the greatest.

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

Maradona playing in the World Cup in 1986
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Maradona playing in the World Cup in 1986

Gary Lineker said Maradona was “by some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time”.

Earlier this month, it emerged he was to undergo surgery for a subdural haematoma, his personal physician told reporters.

A subdural haematoma is a serious condition where a blood clot develops between the skull and the surface of the brain. It is usually caused by a head injury.

Dr Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal physician, said the procedure was a “routine surgery”.

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He was also admitted to hospital because he was “not well psychologically”.

He said he had been “very sad for a week” and “didn’t want to eat”, according to one of his representatives.

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