Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60.
The Argentina World Cup winner and the national team’s former manager had been in hospital in Buenos Aires after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain earlier this month.
Maradona had since been recovering at home in the exclusive gated residential neighbourhood of San Andres north of Buenos Aires.
However, Maradona, who had a long history of ill health, tragically passed away passed away aged 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday, as confirmed by his lawyer.
There is no suggestion there is anything suspicious about Maradona’s death, but state prosecutors are on their way to the house where the soccer legend died as part of a routine investigation.
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning after the news of Maradona’s death.
“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy,” the president tweeted.
Former teammate and Argentine player Osvaldo Ardiles said Maradona was the “best football player in the history of football”.
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Graeme Souness, who played against Maradona during his time in Italy with Sampdoria, told Sky Sports News: “An absolute genius on the pitch, but troubled off it. He has an argument for being the greatest player ever, I personally think it is another Argentinian (Lionel Messi) but that is only down to longevity.
“He is one of the greatest players to ever kick a ball and you were in the presence of greatness when you played against him.
“Some of the things he could do with the ball, you were blessed to share a pitch with him, and I think anyone who played against him would say that.
“He was tiny but he was fearless. There were players around at that time who were known to be over physical but he was an absolute warrior and ridiculously brave.
“He’d get kicked but he would come back for more.
“There have only been a handful of players in history who have been blessed with his ability. He was unique.”
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