The gods of sport are cruel: after Kobe Bryant, 2020 took away also Diego Armando Maradona, one of the prophets of soccer, ageless and timeless sport icon, like Pelé, Kobe Bryant himself, Roger Federer, Rafael Ndaal, Michael Jordan, Usain Bolt or Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Muhammad Alì.
A very important piece of sport and life went away with his death. The news was given by Clarin and reports that the Argentinian soccer champion would have died of cardiorespiratory arrest while he was in the house in Tigres, an area on the outskirts of Buenos Aires where he had moved after being discharged from the clinic where he had been operated on at brain.
Nicknamed El Pibe de Oro, Maradona is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, if not the best ever In a professional career of more than twenty years he played in Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys.
Only last year, the Argentinia champion had beautiful words towards Roger Federer, shared through a video message that appeared after the performance between the Swiss and Alexander Zverev in Buenos Aires.
When Diego Maradona celebrated Roger Federer
Maradona, who could not miss the challenge due to important commitments, praised the 39-year-old from Basel with these words: "Hello master, machine, as I like to call you.
You have been, you are and you will always be the greatest, There is no one like you. If you have any problems in our country you can call me and tell me what you need. A big kiss to your wife and children. You are the greatest ever."
Maradona's was a life lived on the border between genius and madness, between class and excess, between talent and self-destruction, always at the center of controversy. Among the most controversial figures in the history of soccer for his eccentric personality on and off the field, he was suspended twice from playing football for different reasons: once for cocaine use in 1991 and another time for positive doping tests.
at the 1994 United States World Cup. Argentina's CT for a short period in the late 2000s, after his official retirement from football in 1997, Maradona suffered excessive weight gain and the consequences of addiction to cocaine, from which he is released after long stays in detox centers.