(Nov. 25) Live from central Buenos Aires where fans of Argentina football legend Diego Maradona fans are gathering after the news of his death at age 60 on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Maradona suffered a heart attack on Wednesday at a house on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where he was recovering from surgery earlier this month to remove a blood clot from his brain. The government declared three days of mourning amid a national outpouring of grief.
Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup and won league championships in Italy and at home, granting him the sort of iconic status normally reserved for war heroes. But while his scoring prowess and flair in slaloming past opponents vaulted him into the hall of soccer fame, he struggled to cope with the adulation and his battles with addiction became regular global news.
“The best of the lot, no question,” Brazil’s Zico, a titan of the sport in his own right, said in 2005. “I saw Maradona do things that God himself would doubt were possible.”
After retiring Maradona developed heart problems caused by cocaine addiction, and he endured wild weight and fitness swings that seemed to reflect his do-or-die attitudes to both soccer and life.
“I am black or white,” Maradona said in 2009. “I’ll never be gray.”
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