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Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, has died of a heart attack at the age 60.

He died at home on Wednesday, according to his lawyer, Matias Morlahas, barely two weeks after having surgery on a blot clot in his brain.

The Argentine news outlet Clarin broke the news on Wednesday afternoon, describing the news of Maradona’s passing as having a ‘worldwide impact’.

The sad news was later confirmed by Maradona’s lawyer. Soon, tributes were pouring in from all over the world of football.

Maradona left hospital on November 11 just eight days after he was admitted for emergency brain surgery.

The iconic former Argentinian footballer was driven away from the private Olivos Clinic just before 6pm on November 11 as hundreds of fans of photographers tried to get a glimpse of him.

Maradona was hospitalised the previous week and had to have an emergency operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Argentinian TV reporters travelling on motorbikes filmed the ambulance carrying him leaving before following the vehicle to transmit every inch of his journey.

His lawyer had said that the 60-year-old would continue to receive treatment for alcohol dependency.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time on the pitch, Maradona’s life off the pitch was equally notorious – amid battles with drug and alcohol addiction, dailymail.co.uk reports.

He won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out of the tournament in a match which saw him score the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal.

Maradona, who was the coach of Gimnasia Esgrima 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.

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

Maradona began taking cocaine in the mid-1980s – during the height of his playing days, going on to develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol over the next two decades.

His drug use began in 1982 and reportedly grew worse in 1984 when he moved to Napoli and had connections with the Comorra.

In 2014, Maradona said of his drug use: ‘I gave my opponents a big advantage. Do you know the player I could have been if I hadn’t taken drugs?’

His first real punishment came in 1991 when he was banned for 15 months by Napoli after testing positive for cocaine.

Later in the same year, he was arrested in Buenos Aires for possessing half a kilo of cocaine, and was given a 14-month suspended sentence.

In 1994, Maradona was back in the fold with the Argentina national team, making headlines around the world for a now-famous screaming celebration into the camera lens after a goal against Greece.

His tournament was to come to an early end, though, after he was expelled days later for testing positive for five variants of ephedrine, a banned substance. He was banned for 15 months, ending his international career.

In 1995, he moved to Boca Juniors but two years later, he failed a drugs test for the third time in six years, putting an end to his playing career.

Officially, a ‘prohibited substance’ is all that has been revealed about that test, but Boca President Mauricio Macri has said in interviews that cocaine was found in a urine sample.

In 1996, Maradona said publicly: ‘I was, am and always will be a drug addict.’

In 2000, the football legend suffered an overdose, and in 2004 he had a heart attack.

A year later, he was forced to have gastric bypass surgery, and in 2007 he was back in hospital again, this time suffering hepatitis.

It is then understood he stopped taking drugs, telling a journalist in 2017 that he hadn’t taken drugs for 13 years and was feeling ‘great’.

He has been drinking alcohol since 2004, though, hitting the headlines at the 2018 World Cup for his bizarre antics at a number of Argentina games.

A video emerged of him drinking tequila on a plane, and he claimed he ‘drank all the wine’ ahead of their win over Nigeria.

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Portugal manager Roberto Martinez to bench captain Cristiano Ronaldo for their first two matches at Euro 2024. Merson suggests that Martinez should prioritize securing qualification to the knockout stages before considering the Al-Nassr forward for their final group game.

The Euro 2024 tournament kicks off this Friday in Germany, with Portugal placed in Group F alongside Turkey, Czech Republic, and Georgia.

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Discussing Portugal’s prospects, Merson told Sportskeeda, “Portugal are an aging team but they have a lot of experience within the squad. Ronaldo is still their captain and banging in the goals in Saudi Arabia, but I think they will see what he is like in the camp and take a call on his selection. I would personally leave him out of the first two games and get qualification sorted before bringing him back for the final encounter.”

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Erik ten Hag to remain as manager at Manchester United

Manchester United has announced that Erik ten Hag will continue as their manager following the conclusion of the 2023/24 season review. The decision comes after speculation linking various managers to the position at Old Trafford.

According to reports from The Athletic, negotiations for a contract extension with Ten Hag have already commenced. The Dutchman’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, with an option for the club to extend it for another 12 months.

Despite a disappointing Premier League campaign that saw United finish in eighth place, Ten Hag guided the team to success in the FA Cup. Their 2-1 victory over Manchester City secured the trophy, marking Ten Hag’s second piece of silverware during his tenure.

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While several high-profile names were rumored to be in contention for the managerial role, including Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel, Thomas Frank, Kieran McKenna, and Gareth Southgate, United has opted to maintain stability by sticking with Ten Hag.

The decision reflects the club’s confidence in Ten Hag’s ability to lead the team forward and build on their recent successes. With negotiations underway for a contract extension, United fans can expect to see Ten Hag at the helm for the foreseeable future as they look to compete at the highest level domestically and in Europe.

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EXPOSED: NFF may fire Finidi George before S’Eagles next match

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has taken the first step towards sacking the head coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Finidi George after yesterday’s defeat to Benin Republic, OwnGoalNigeria.com can exclusively report

It means the Super Eagles will likely drop to bottom of their group in the world cup qualifiers if Zimbabwe gets a good result against South Africe later today. They are presently 5th on the log and without a win in four games in the series.

Finidi who replaced Jose Peseiro as the substantive coach of the team signed a one year deal with the option of another year based on qualifying for the next AFCON and getting to the semi finals.

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With the qualifiers for the world cup now on hold till March next year, the job of the coach still isn’t safe because he could be fired in September if they falter in the AFCON qualifiers.

Even Finidi knows his future is tied to the game in September. He can’t say we didn’t give him the support he needed because he got everything but didn’t make the best of it. He probably won’t be here when the qualifiers for the world cup resumes”, a board member of the NFF said.

Asked how the football house arrived at the choice of the coach, he revealed that there was no interview for him to get the job, despite the loads of applications they received when the job was made public following the exit of Peseiro.

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