Football: Maradona Dies

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

Diego Maradona, the former Argentine midfielder and football manager, has died on 25 November 2020 of a heart attack aged 60.

Described as a ‘football legend’, he was as controversial off as he was on the pitch!

He had recently been treated successfully for a blood clot on his brain and was due to receive treatment for alcohol dependency. He also had a drugs problem, struggling with a cocaine addiction. In 1991, he tested positive for the drug and was banned for 15 months.

As a footballer, he will perhaps best be remembered for his so-called and controversial ‘hand of God goal’ in the quarter final of Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup, which Argentina went on to win.

He represented Argentina in four World Cups and scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina.

During his career – he retired from professional football in 1997 on his 37th birthday – he also played for Barcelona and Napoli.

Tributes have been flooding in from all over the world and Argentina has declared three days of national mourning.

The President, Alberto Fernandez, has described Maradona as “the greatest of them all.”

Pele said that he had lost a great friend and the world had lost a legend!

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘ian.blackshaw121@gmail.com’