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Diego Maradona: One year of losing the ‘Hand of God’

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:45 PM, 25 November 2021   Updated: 02:46 PM, 25 November 2021

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Today is the first death anniversary of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona who breathed his last on this day in 2020 after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

The football legend had a heart attack at his home just two weeks after leaving the hospital on November 11 where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain.

At that time, the doctors said Diego Maradona would recover as fast as possible, however, he breathed his last on November 25 last year which is described as “having a worldwide impact”. 

Diego Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, helped Argentina win the World Cup in 1986, the pinnacle of an illustrious career. He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona among others and was adored by millions for his brilliant skills.

Maradona was responsible for the infamous ‘Hand of God’ that eliminated England from the 1986 tournament.

Diego Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and was the coach of Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in his home country, had been admitted to hospital on several occasions since his retirement. He almost died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000 and underwent years of rehabilitation.

Maradona, who 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.

He also fell ill at the last World Cup in Russia in 2018, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box when Argentina took on and beat Nigeria in Group D.

After Maradona’s death, various incidents came to light. Some claimed that he died due to the negligence of the doctors. Even without Maradona, he is still in the hearts of countless people around the world.