Hasta Siempre Diego Maradona


Diego Maradona, one of soccer's all-time great players and personalities, has died at age 60, weeks after undergoing surgery for a subdural hematoma. The legend of Maradona was cemented in Argentina's 1986 World Cup win in Mexico, recording five goals and five assists. His two most iconic goals came in a quarterfinal match against rival England, the first was his infamous 'Hand of God' goal that would not survive today's VAR scrutiny. Four minutes later Maradona scored arguably the greatest goal in football history, weaving past and embarrassing several defenders before putting the England goalkeeper on his backside. Maradona was a central figure but limited by injury at the 1990 World Cup. After an 85th minute penalty led to a 1-0 loss to West Germany in the Final, Maradona suggested that the Mafia does indeed exist in soccer. In 1994, Maradona made his final two World Cup appearances, scoring against Greece in Foxborough, Mass. Maradona was sent home shortly thereafter for testing positive for several banned substances. Cocaine and alcohol addiction, along with obesity and financial issues hampered Maradona's post playing career. He was hospitalized for several weeks in 2007 due to hepatitis, a hernia and psychiatric issues. Maradona got back in shape physically and served as Argentina's manager at the 2010 World Cup, his team won all three group stage matches but lost in the quarterfinal.


Recent days saw reports of Maradona craving alcohol from his ICU bed as physicians noted him as a 'complicated patient'. For all of his flaws off the pitch, Maradona's charisma and level of play in the height of his prime ranks him as football's ultimate No. 10.

 

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