Updated 0427 GMT (1227 HKT) November 26, 2020
Diego Maradona, a colorful and beloved soccer icon regarded as one of the greatest ever to play the game, has died aged 60 after suffering heart failure, a source from the Argentinian Justice Ministry told CNN en Español on Wednesday.
Maradona is best known for captaining Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, where he was named the tournament’s best player and scored two of its most famous goals. In his professional career, he was twice sold for a world-record transfer fee: to Barcelona in 1982 and then to Napoli in 1984. He played 188 games with Napoli, winning two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup for the Italian club.
Following a failed drug test in 1991 and a 15-month ban from the sport, Maradona’s playing career fizzled out. He would later turn to management.
In 2008, Maradona became Argentina’s manager and led the team at the 2010 World Cup, where it was eliminated in the quarterfinals. He held various managerial jobs over the past decade, including stints in Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. At the time of his death, he was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima, a club in Argentina’s first division.
Earlier this month, Maradona underwent successful surgery for a subdural hematoma — more commonly known as a blood clot on the brain.