End of An Era of Football

Diego Maradona, one of the world’s greatest football players, to embrace Jersey no 10, the hero of Argentina’s victory in the 1986 World Cup, died on Wednesday (25 November). For a long time, he was struggling with problems related to cocaine addiction and obesity. Recently, The Government of Argentina declared three-day national mourning in memory of him. This news had triggered a wave of mourning among football enthusiasts across the world. People on social media paid a tribute to this great footballer.

FIFA named Maradona along with Pele as one of the two greatest players in the history of the game, in 2001. After a brain operation about two weeks earlier, he was discharged from the hospital. Maradona earned his name in football legends because of his famous Hand of God goal in the quarter-finals against England in the World Cup 1986. His career spanned over two decades and was a sight for football fans.

Years later, Maradona admitted that he had deliberately hit the ball. However, During the same match, after four minutes in the same match, he scored such a brilliant goal which FIFA called the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup.

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Argentina called that victory revenge for the defeat at the hands of Britain in the 1982 war. In his 2000 autobiography, Maradona wrote in I Am Diego, they were more than trying to win the match. He said that the match had nothing to do with the war, but he knew that the many Argentines had lost their lives. That was their revenge. They were playing for their country and it was something bigger than them.

Maradona’s reputation declined because of drug addiction and failure with the national team. But he still remained a golden boy for football fans. The magic of Maradona’s feet, courageous, fast-paced, and always fascinated fans beyond estimation. The whole world saw the magic on the football field. His specialty was to score with his left foot and terrorized the opposing defense. Salvatore Bagani, who played for Italian club Napoli with him, said, he used to think everything in mind and showed it on the field.

At the end of his career due to increasing obesity, he lost his speed. At the same time, in 1991, he made it public of his cocaine addiction, and this addiction haunted him till his retirement from football in 1997. His heart disease was the reason for his hospitalization in 2000 and 2004. His drug addiction made his health decline further. In 2007, he got hepatitis and was hospitalized again.

In 2008, he made his return to football as the coach of Argentina but lost the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After that, he was also the coach of the United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl.