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Argentina president Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of mourning following the passing of footballing icon Diego Maradona.

The former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors forward – widely regarded as the greatest player to ever grace the game – passed away on Thursday at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest.


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Maradona had undergone surgery for a blood clot on the brain just two weeks earlier.The forward is an icon in the world of sport and is heralded as a footballing hero in his native Argentina after he inspired his country to glory at the 1986 World Cup.

According to AS, Argentina has declared three days of official mourning.

Casa Rosada – the official resident of the president – is to be made available for the family of Maradona so that a state funeral can be organised.

Maradona netted 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina between 1977 and 1994. He scored what is widely regarded as the 

Casa Rosada – the official resident of the president – is to be made available for the family of Maradona so that a state funeral can be organised.

Maradona netted 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina between 1977 and 1994. He scored what is widely regarded as the greatest goal of all time for his country, embarking on a slaloming run from the half way line and slotting home against England at the 1986 World Cup.

Diego Maradona

The Argentinian’s club career spanned 21 years. He represented Argentinos Juniors, Sevilla, Boca Juniors, Newell’s Old Boys, Barcelona and Napoli – establishing himself as one of the all-time greats with the latter and forming a deep-seated bond with the supporters and the city.

for his country, embarking on a slaloming run from the half way line and slotting home against England at the 1986 World Cup.

The Argentinian’s club career spanned 21 years. He represented Argentinos Juniors, Sevilla, Boca Juniors, Newell’s Old Boys, Barcelona and Napoli – establishing himself as one of the all-time greats with the latter and forming a deep-seated bond with the supporters and the city.

One minute silence for Diego Maradona
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says Diego Maradona “set football alight and thrilled fans young and old” and confirmed his death would be marked with a minute’s silence prior to all Champions League and Europa League games this week.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis revealed that the club would consider changing the name of the club’s stadium from Stadio San Paolo to San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona. The mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, has supported this suggestion.


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