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Argentina begins three days of mourning for football icon Maradona

Earlier this month, he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot after a fall but just two weeks later on 25 November, the final whistle blew on the life of one of football's greatest players.

View of an improvised altar set up by Fans of Argentinos Juniors' football team, where Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona used to play, outside Argentinos Juniors' Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in La Paternal neighbourhood, Buenos Aires, on 25 November 2020, on the day of his death. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Three days of mourning have begun in Argentina, the home country of the late Diego Maradona.

The soccer legend died on Wednesday.

He suffered a heart attack and had been in poor health for some time.

Football legend Diego Maradona has died

If he was touched by God on the field, Maradona was anything by heavenly off it.

Known for his infamous Hand of God that eliminated England from the 1986 World Cup, Maradona had an illustrious career, which saw him play in four World Cups and winning the 1986 edition.

He also won nine club titles with teams including Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli.

Off the field, he was plagued by drug issues as he admitted to being addicted to cocaine during the mid-1980s until 2004.

He also struggled with his weight, at one point weighing 130kg before undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2005.

Earlier this month, he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot after a fall but just two weeks later on 25 November, the final whistle blew on the life of one of football's greatest players.

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