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Diego Maradona: Adieu ‘Hand of God’

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:52 AM, 26 November 2020   Updated: 10:14 AM, 26 November 2020

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona, a football legend who is also known as the ‘Hand of God’, has died at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon. The football legend had a heart attack at his home just two weeks after leaving the hospital where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain.

The Argentine news outlet Clarin broke the news on Wednesday afternoon UK time, describing the news of Maradona’s passing as having a “worldwide impact”. Soon after, tributes were pouring in from all over the world of football.

Meanwhile, the Argentine government has announced three days of national mourning that have begun from Wednesday afternoon. 

His body will lie in state at the Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentina government, during that time.

Maradona, who played for clubs including Barcelona and Napoli, was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

Adieu ‘Hand of God’

Diego Armando Maradona — whose life is built on a wonderful combination of ups and downs, sometimes at the peak of success or sometimes lost in the abyss of failure. Maradona is the name of a colorful, gray, varied epic.

Diego Armando Maradona was born into a poor family in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He got a place in the national team at the age of only 17, however, did not get a place in the 1978 World Cup team because of his age. He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Albiceleste jersey. It is not enough for Napoli to win the league title twice or the UEFA Cup for the first and last time in his club career.

Argentina won the 1986 World Cup with the single performance of Maradona

But why Maradona is called the “best of the best”, the best footballer of the century? 

The 1986 World Cup is different from all other World Cups, glorious only for Maradona. It is difficult to find an example of giving a World Cup gift in a single performance. There is no end to the discussion about the ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals. The legend saw the best goal of the century in the same match.

In 1990, hot favorite Argentina reached the final under his leadership, however, Maradona is still regretting not being able to win the title for the second time in a row. 

Maradona is a footballer who has been the victim of the foulest in the World Cup. He has been the victim of foul “53 times” in a record 23 matches against Italy. 

But like the stigma of the moon, drug addiction and uncontrolled lifestyle have become a black mark in the career of this footballer. He banned in the 1994 World Cup in the dope test. Cocaine, Alcohol is the constant companion of this football great. Besides two heart attacks in the last 20 years, he has also suffered from diseases such as hepatitis and pneumonia.

‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup

Maradona is as “unsuccessful” as a coach than a successful footballer. His best achievement is to take responsibility for his own country. But Argentina’s dream journey to the 2010 World Cup came to a halt in the quarter-finals under Maradona. 

He has also managed seven unnamed clubs since 1994. Maradona, lastly, is in charge of the first division club called Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina.

Diego Maradona had been admitted to the hospital on several occasions since his retirement. He almost died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000 and underwent years of rehabilitation.

He was well known for having a wild lifestyle during and after his playing days, had a gastric bypass operation to lose weight in 2005 and was once more hospitalized two years later for alcohol-induced hepatitis.

On his 60th birthday, the living legend has expressed his desire to score a goal with his right hand against England.

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