The Argentine forward – notorious for his infamous “hand of god” goal against England – died at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. His spokesman announced on Wednesday that “Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60”. Renowned with Brazil’s Pele as one of the greatest footballers of all time, the Argentine World Cup winning captain died of a heart attack, having undergone brain surgery earlier this month. Emergency paramedics were called to his home where he received treatment, but the football icon was unable to be resuscitated and confirmation soon came of his death, the Associated Press reported.
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning in honour of the star, who was a cultural icon and national hero. UEFA has also announced there will be a minute of silence before tonight’s games in the Champions League. Maradona himself dubbed his infamous 1986 goal the “hand of god” – as he lunged forward and knocked the ball into the back of England’s net in a clear handball.