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Diego Maradona death – Live updates as heart attack cited as cause of death & Pele leads tributes to Hand of God legend

DIEGO MARADONA has died of a massive heart attack aged 60.

The Argentinian legend passed away just two weeks after being released from hospital following treatment for a brain bleed.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona almost single-handedly led Argentina to their 1986 World Cup win.

But he had a long history of bad health, battles with addiction and suffered extreme weight fluctuations over the past few decades.

Follow our live blog below for the latest news and updates on Maradona's death

  • FANS GATHER OUTSIDE NAPOLI'S STADIUM

    Supporters have been gathering outside the San Paolo stadium in Napoli, Italy this evening following the news of Diego Maradona's passing.

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has tonight admitted that he could change the name of the stadium in honour of Maradona.

    He said: “We can consider the idea of calling our stadium San Paolo-Diego Armanda Maradona.”

    Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, scoring 115 goals in 259 games.

    He led them to two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990, as well as the 1987 Italian Cup and 1989 UEFA Cup.

  • IN PICTURES: MORE FANS PAYING TRIBUTE IN BUENOS AIRES

  • AN ASTONISHING ADMISSION

    Diego Maradona spelled out while he was still alive the message he wanted engraved on his tombstone.

    The late football legend made the astonishing admission in a TV interview 15 years ago in which he quizzed himself.

    The Argentine icon, being interviewed for the show he presented at the time called La Noche del 10, said that 'getting old with his grandchildren would mean a peaceful death' for him.

    What message did Maradona want engraving on his tombstone?

    Find out HERE.

  • A FINAL FAREWELL

    This is believed to be the final picture taken of Diego Maradona before he passed away, aged 60.

    Tributes have poured in from around the world following the death of the legendary Argentine footballer.

    Maradona passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest just two weeks after undergoing brain surgery.

    After being released from hospital, he was expected to continue treatment for alcohol dependency.

    But the last known picture of Maradona shows the 60-year-old smiling in his hospital bed.

    In the snap, the football icon is wearing a hospital gown and has a huge plaster on his head.

  • MAD SKILLS

    Diego Maradona's iconic pre-match ball-jugging routine will be replicated for years to come.

    The incredible clip has been doing the rounds on social media following the Argentine legend's death.

    Maradona had a stellar career but it was what he did before gracing the field that sometimes proved to be most special.

    And his warm-up before Napoli's second-leg Uefa Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich in 1989 is the best of the bunch.

    Take a look HERE.

  • A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE

    Fans of renowned footballer Diego Maradona have congregated outside La Bombonera stadium in La Boca, Buenos Aires.

    Maradona joined Boca in 1981 and scored twice in his debut for the club just days later.

    He scored in his first SuperClasico match against bitter rivals River Plate, helping Boca to a 3-0 victory.

    Boca won the league title in 1981 and Maradona departed for Barcelona in 1982.

  • IN PICTURES: MOURNERS GATHER TO PAY HOMAGE IN NAPLES

  • BECKS PAYS TRIBUTE

    David Beckham has posted a photo of himself with Diego Maradona on his Instagram page.

    He said: “A sad day for Argentina and a sad day for football as we celebrate the greatness of what this man gave us…

    “Someone that played with passion, spirit and was nothing less than a pure genius.

    “I was so excited to meet Diego and we will all miss him. Rest in Peace.”

  • EUROPE PAYS TRIBUTE

    Players and officials around Europe have taken part in a minute of silence to remember Diego Maradona before Champions League fixtures kick off tonight.

    MUNICH, GERMANY

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

    MARSEILLE, FRANCE

  • BRAZIL PUTS RIVALRY ASIDE

    Brazil and Argentina are the two heavyweights of South American football but their rivalry has been put aside in light of the death of Diego Maradona today.

    The Brazilian Football Confederation tweeted: “Football is in mourning.

    “Diego Armando Maradona enchanted the world with his determination, irreverence and complicity with the ball and the lawns.

    “A star who contributed to spread the passion of South Americans for football.”

  • FOOTBALL COMMUNITY IN MOURNING

    A banner and the Argentinian flag in memory of Diego Maradona are pictured before the Champions League group C tie between Olympique de Marseille and FC Porto at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France.

  • IN PICTURES: MARADONA AND MESSI DURING THE 2010 WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA.

    Diego Maradona was the head coach during Argentina's involvement in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

    Argentina made it to the quarter finals before they were beaten by Germany, who ended up finishing third.

  • FROM KLOPP TO MARADONA

    Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Diego Maradona before Liverpool's Champions League tie with Atalanta this evening.

    He told BT Sport: “It’s like, I’m 53 years old and it feels like my entire life, he was part of it. When I was very, very young – maybe eight or nine, 10 years old – I saw him for the first time and he was 16 or 17.

    “In any video, juggling the ball, from that moment on he was the player for me.

    “It’s like, from an international point of view there’s Pele, Maradona, Messi, if you want – one Brazilian and two Argentinians.

    “I saw his documentary not too long ago; Diego was a sensational guy, Maradona had some struggles, let me say it like this. I will miss both.”

  • MARADONA'S NAPOLI LEGACY

    Napoli have won two Serie A titles and one major European trophy during their 94-year history.

    All three of which came during Maradona's tenure at the club.

    His No.10 jersey is the only shirt that the club have retired.

  • GERMANY MOURNS MARADONA'S PASSING

    Diego Maradona captained Argentina to a World Cup final in 1990.

    Argentina suffered a 1-0 loss to West Germany.

  • IN PICTURES: A NAPOLI SUPPORTER OPENS HIS ARMS AS THE MURAL OF DIEGO MARADONA IS SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND

  • IN PICTURES: PAYING RESPECT

    People gather and light candles under a mural of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona in Naples, Italy, following news of his passing earlier on November 25.

  • A HOLY ENCOUNTER

    These pictures show Diego Maradona greeting Pope Francis in the Vatican in September 2014 ahead of an inter-religious football match for peace.

  • IN PICTURES: TWO FOOTBALL LEGENDS AND PUTIN

    Diego Maradona posed for pictures alongside legendary Brazilian footballer Pele, and Russia President Vladimir Putin before the draw for the 2018 World Cup was made at the Kremlin.

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