Diego Maradona an Argentina legend dies aged 60

Diego Maradona an Argentina legend dies aged 60

Diego Armando Maradona will figure in any discussion about who was the greatest footballer to have played the game whenever football’s history is discussed.

The legendary Brazilian Pele and his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi will be other points of reference – but many will believe they can make an irrefutable and compelling case that the maestro Maradona rose above them all.

Mexico’s 1986 World Cup - coming after he was treated brutally by opponents in Spain four years earlier - will always be Maradona’s tournament, inspiring Argentina’s unspectacular, workmanlike squad to victory, scoring twice in the quarter-final against England and semi-final against Belgium before the final win against West Germany.

Maradona revelled in his role as “The Hand Of God” villain after that victory against England in the Azteca Stadium but his brilliance, pace, strength, audacity and just about every other gift one could wish for in a truly great player transcended all and won over footballing friend and foe alike.

Yes, we knew his many flaws but Maradona will always be remembered for his football.

Football has lost one of its towering figures, a player and a name that will be synonymous with the game whenever and wherever it is played.