World Cup winner Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, confirmed his longtime lawyer and agent Matias Morla (0:55)

Argentine legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. Matias Morla, Maradona’s longtime agent, confirmed the news to EFE on Wednesday

A statement by the Argentine Football Association states: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest grief over the death of our legend Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts”

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez also confirmed three days of national mourning after the news. Fernandez posted a photo of himself on Twitter, which Maradona hugs with the message: “You have put us in the highest place in the world. You made us very happy Made You were the greatest of all Thank you for passing, Diego We will miss you for the rest of our lives “

Retired Brazilian soccer star Pele mourned Maradona

in a brief statement sent by a Reuters representative

Maradona had recently struggled with health problems and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma a few weeks ago. He suffered a heart attack in his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, the Argentine media and acquaintances of the former player said

Maradona was born in 1960 and led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 and reached the final in 1990 At the height of his club career in Napoli from 1984 to 1991, he helped the team win their only two Italian championship titles, and there were also notable lows when he played in 1994 was kicked out of the World Cup after found guilty of doping

Napoli said on Wednesday that the death was a “devastating blow” for the city and the club. “We mourn,” said club spokesman Nicola Lombardo. “We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out, we are in shock”

“Everyone is waiting for words from us. But which words could be possible for such severe pain as we are currently experiencing? Now is the time for tears. Later it will be words,” the club wrote on its Twitter account. p>

“It’s a very sad day for the football world,” said Paolo Dal Pino, Serie A president, in a statement “Today a legend has left our sport” One that made us dream and fans all over the world The world has excited For the next games we will remember him with a “special initiative””

Since ending his playing career in 1997, the ex-star from Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors has struggled with a number of health problems.He was hospitalized with internal gastric bleeding in January 2019 and was also at the 2018 World Cup in Russia sick where he passed out in an executive box during the game between Argentina and Nigeria

He was hospitalized in 2004 with severe heart and breathing problems related to a long battle against drug addiction. He had undergone two gastric bypass surgeries to control his weight and was treated for alcohol abuse

Maradona is survived by his long-time partner Veronica Ojeda, two daughters, two sons and his former wife Claudia Villafane

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