Diego Maradona, soccer legend, dies at 60


Nathaniel Salkoff, Editor-in-Chief

Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and drove his nation to that year’s World Cup title before later battling with cocaine use and weight, has passed away. He was 60. Maradona’s spokesman, Sebastián Sanchi, said he passed on Wednesday of a cardiovascular failure, fourteen days subsequent to being delivered from an emergency clinic in Buenos Aires following a cerebrum medical procedure. One of the most renowned crossroads throughout the entire existence of the game, the “Hand of God” goal, came when the modest Maradona punched the ball into England’s net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals.

The iconic “Hand of God” goal.

Britain said the ball went in off of Maradona’s hand, not his head. Maradona himself gave clashing records of what had occurred throughout the long term, at one point crediting the objective to divine mediation, to “the hand of God.”Although his standing was discolored by his addictions and a disastrous spell responsible for the national team, he stayed worshiped in soccer-distraught Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.” Bold, quick and completely eccentric, Maradona was an expert of assault, shuffling the ball effectively from one foot to the next as he hustled upfield. Evading and weaving with his low focal point of gravity, he disregarded innumerable adversaries and regularly scored with an overwhelming left foot, his most impressive weapon.

Maradona dribbling the ball upfield.

Hospitalized close to death in 2000 and again in ’04 for heart issues accused of cocaine, he later said he defeated the ongoing drug habit. Cocaine, he once said broadly, had demonstrated to be his “hardest opponent.” But more medical issues followed, in spite of a 2005 gastric detour that extraordinarily managed his weight. Maradona was hospitalized in mid 2007 for intense hepatitis that his primary care physician accused of unnecessary drinking and eating. “Maradona moves us,” said then-Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, clarifying his nation’s everyman interest with Maradona at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “He’s our object of worship, and an icon for the individuals.” Maradona harvested titles at home and abroad, playing in the mid 1980s for Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors prior to proceeding onward to Spanish and Italian clubs. His highest accomplishment came at the 1986 World Cup, captaining Argentina in its 3-2 win over West Germany in the last and definitive in a 2-1 triumph against England in a feisty quarterfinal. “It was more than attempting to dominate a match. We said the game had nothing to do with the war. However, we realized that Argentines had passed on there, that they had executed them like birds. What’s more, this was our vengeance. It was an option that could be greater than us: We were protecting our flag.”

“He has been one of the incredible craftsmen of my time. Like extraordinary experts of music and painting, he has resisted our acumen and enhanced the human soul,” Morales said. “Nobody has thrilled me more and left me in such awe as Diego.”