Africa’s football legends mourn Diego Maradona’s death
Some the best former football players in Africa have joined the rest of the football world in mourning the death of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who passed away on Wednesday aged 60.
Reports indicate that Maradona suffered a cardiac arrest, having had undergone a brain surgery earlier this month.
The Argentine was widely considered the greatest football player in his country’s history.
He led his national team to the 1986 World Cup, a competition in which he scored the “hand of God” goal against England.
In total, Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments and featured 91 times in all competitions for Argentina, scoring 34 goals.
Following the announcement of his death, several great former professional footballers in Africa, including Cameroon’s Roger Milla and Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu, took to social media to send their messages of condolence to his family and Argentina.
“R.I.P Diego Armando Maradona. Your memory will live on forever,” Kanu tweeted.
“I can’t believe it. My great friend Diego Maradona passed away today. Terrible news. Sad year. Rest In Peace LEGEND. My sincere condolences to his family and the people of @Argentina,” Milla tweeted.
Maradona, who played for clubs including Barcelona and Napoli, was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. In the quarterfinals, he scored the famous “Goal of the Century” against England, which is often said to be the greatest individual goal of all time.
One of the greatest football players of all time, Maradona had a troubled personal life marked by cocaine and alcohol addiction. He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.