It’s being reported from Argentina that Diego Armando Maradona, aged just 60, has died
Wherever you stand on the ‘greatest of all time’ debate, it’s surely beyond any rational argument that he’s one of only three or four in any serious discussions on the subject – and the 1986 vintage, Hand of God et al, was something sublime to behold indeed.
Joint-winner with fellow South American legend Pele of FIFA’s Player of the 20th century award, his professional playing career spanned over 20 years. Several managerial posts, including the Argentine national team, would follow.
He struggled at various times with substance and alcohol problems, and had undergone surgery recently for a blood clot on the brain. It’s believed he suffered a fatal heart attack today.
He sadly passes on the same day, November 25th, that claimed the unforgettable George Best – near-incomparable talents who played pretty much a different game to the rest.
He was controversial, divided opinion, invited criticism – but on a football field, ball at feet, the effect was invariably beyond mesmerising.
The game says goodbye, and thank you, to one of its very, very finest.