Diego Maradona: Napoli of Italy mourn late club legend who died of cardiovascular arrest

Diego Maradona: Napoli of Italy mourn late club legend who died of cardiovascular arrest

- Diego Maradona died of cardiovascular arrest at home in the northern part of Buenos Aires

- He spent eight seasons at Italian club Napoli during his famous career

- Napoli have released a statement saying it is the time to grieve the legend

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Football legend Diego Maradona, who spent the best of his playing days at Napoli and also had a stint at Barcelona, passed away in the city north of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, the player's hometown.

News of Maradona’s death stunned the world on Wednesday, November 25 as reports claim the 60-year-old died of cardiovascular arrest.

He spent eight remarkable seasons at Italian club Napoli between 1984 and 1991 during the peak of his career inspiring the team to 2 Serie A titles, 1 Copa Italia title, 1 UEFA Cup title and 1 Supercoppa Italiana title.

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Upon news of his death, Napoli expressed shock and grief when the club wrote on social media:

"The world awaits our words but there are no words to describe the pain we're going through. Now is the time to grieve. Diego," the club tweeted.

Since retiring from one of the most illustrious careers of any player to lace a pair of boots, Maradona had battled health problems and weight gain, which stemmed from addiction troubles which were rooted which began in his playing days.

Diego Maradona: Napoli of Italy mourn late club legend who died of cardiovascular arrest
Diego Maradona mourned at former club Napoli. Photo: Michael Steele
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He underwent emergency surgery to remove blood clot on his brain on Tuesday, October 3.

His doctor disclosed that the 60-year-old was in need of clean up as he also suffered confusion as well as liver and heart problems.

He only turned 60 on October 31 and barely three days after celebrating his birthday with his family and friends, the football icon was admitted to a hospital.

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The legend left Olivos Clinic in an ambulance on Wednesday evening, November 11 after a successful operation.

However he succumbed to cardiovascular arrest on Wednesday, November 25 at his home.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that with the Ballon d’Or awards not taking place in the year 2020 due to the effect of the pandemic, a special award will be handed out tagged of the Player of the Century.

Globe Soccer Awards, organised by EFAA (European Association of Player's Agents) and the ECA (European Club Association) have come up with 28 nominees for the prestigious award.

The Globe Soccer Award has only been happening since 2010 when only four awards were handed out - and in 2012 they named Diego Maradona as the 'Best Player of the Century.'

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