A planetary legend is leaving. Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of the 20th century, died on Wednesday at the age of 60 of cardiac arrest, according to an Argentinian spokesperson. 1986 World Cup winner, Italian champion and UEFA Cup winner with Napoli, he is a true living God in Argentina.
On November 12, Maradona returned home after eight days of hospitalization, following an operation for a hematoma on the head. In recent years, his life had been punctuated by many health problems, some of which were linked to excesses of all kinds which sometimes made him flirt with death.
Many hospital stays
In 2000, he had a heart attack following an overdose in the Uruguayan seaside town of Punta del Este. He had then undergone a long cure in Cuba. In 2004, when he weighed more than 100 kg, another heart attack knocked him down in Buenos Aires, but he recovered. He had then had stomach surgery to lose a lot of weight.
In 2007, excessive alcohol consumption had driven him to the hospital. Lately, he had to have a prosthesis fitted because of his sore knees. Today, all of Argentina will mourn their Pibe de Oro.