From the hand of God to the blood-eyed celebration, from drug scandals to extravagant nightlife, Diego Maradona was always in news. He almost singlehandedly carried the Argentina national team to the 1986 FIFA World Cup glory. And, who can forget his goal after dribbling past five defenders in a row? Yes, he stayed in the heart of every football fan even after his retirement from active football.
Diego also delivered some of the most remarkable performances in the history of Napoli and Barcelona. And, the whole world stood still after the news of Diego Maradona’s demise started to pour from the Argentine media last night. No one believed that the football world lost its prince at the age of just 60 as he suffered a tragic heart attack.
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🗣️ FIFA President Gianni Infantino: “Today is an unbelievably sad day. Our Diego left us. Our hearts – of all of us who loved him for how he was, and for what he represented – have stopped beating for a moment. Rest in peace, dear Diego. We love you.”
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 25, 2020
While talking about Diego’s tragic death, Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas said, “It is very bad news, as well as the loss of a board member [at Porto] who was really important to me, who was the first person to open the door for me to the coaching world.” He added, “Maradona yes it is tough news, I would like FIFA to retire the No.10 shirt in all competitions, for all teams.”
The coach said, “It would be the best homage we could do for him. He is an incredible loss for the world of football.” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said, “There was a banner in Argentina one year ago that I read, that said: ‘No matter what you have done with your life Diego, what matters is what you have done for our lives.” He added, “He gave a lot of joy and he made football better. What he did for Napoli and for Argentina in 1986 was something unbelievable.”
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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said, “I had the honor of meeting him once. As a 53-year-old man loving football as long as I can think, he is one of the greatest ever.” He then added, “I saw the documentary not so long ago, which I think is exceptional, to be honest. You could see, there was Diego, who was an unbelievable football player, and there was Maradona, who struggled slightly with all the things around.”
Klopp said, “He just showed us that you don’t have to be the tallest, you don’t have to be the busiest in training. You don’t have to be always on time, and yet it is possible you can still be the best player in the world.” The star coach then added, “He loved this game so much. You could see that in each second when you watched him play. Even when he was warming up, he was special.”