Diego Maradona, the football legend who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup, died on Wednesday.
He died of a heart attack two weeks after a brain surgery to relieve bleeding in his brain. He ws 60, reports said.
His most famous accomplishment was when he scored both goals of a 2-1 win against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals.
The first goal was the infamous “Hand of God” goal, where he punched the football instead of heading it into the goal. The second goal was an impressive 66-yard dribble to the mouth of the goal.
Famous footballers all across the world expressed their reaction at the sudden death of Maradona.
Pele tweeted, “Que notícia triste. Eu perdi um grande amigo e o mundo perdeu uma lenda. Ainda há muito a ser dito, mas por agora, que Deus dê força para os familiares. Um dia, eu espero que possamos jogar bola juntos no céu.” (“What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.”)
Leonil Messi, Argentine football team captain, tweeted, “Un día muy triste para todos los argentinos y para el fútbol. Nos deja pero no se va, porque el Diego es eterno.
Me quedo con todos los momentos lindos vividos con él y quería aprovechar para enviarle el pésame a toda su familia y amigos. QEPD”
(“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”)
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Claudia Villafane, and his five children.