BUENOS AIRES, 26 November 2020, (TON): Top football legend Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who led his country to World Cup has died. He was 60.
Ahead of his 60th birthday in October, Maradona told France Football magazine that it was his dream to “score another goal against the English, this time with the right hand.”
Maradona’s spokesman, Sebastián Sanchi, said he died Wednesday of a heart attack, two weeks after being released from a hospital in Buenos Aires following brain surgery.
His reputation become controversial due to cocaine use and and his addictions, he remained idolized in soccer-mad Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”
Argentinean Government has announced three days of national mourning. At least one million people are expected to march past Diego Maradona’s coffin tomorrow while he lies in state at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires.
The doors of the Casa Rosada will be opened early morning 11 am GMT on Tuesday for the public, who will give the football superstar a hero’s farewell. Huge crowds have already gathered at the city’s landmark obelisk on the wide 9 de Julio Avenue, as well as outside the Argentinos Juniors football stadium where Maradona began his stellar career.