BREAKING: Maradona is dead

Argentine legend, Maradona to remain in hospital
Diego Maradona

Football legend, Diego Maradona, is dead.

The iconic dribbler and scorer for Argentina was said to have died of heart attack on Wednesday.

So influential was Maradona in the 1980s and 90s that a Nigerian Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, was named after him, based on the cunning that characterised his manifestations.

According to reports, the Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.

Tests at the La Plata clinic revealed a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.

Maradona was subsequently discharged from hospital as an outpatient to continue his convalescence, which he carried out in his dwelling in a private neighbourhood near Tigre, northern Buenos Aires.

But on Wednesday morning he suffered cardiac arrest, and paramedics at the scene failed to revive him.

Maradona recovering well, could be discharged later on Thursday

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Superliga – Boca Juniors v Gimnasia y Esgrima – Alberto J. Armando Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina – March 7, 2020. Gimnasia y Esgrima coach Diego Maradona before the match. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

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