Football: Argentinian legend Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Argentinian football legend and winner of the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona, has died aged 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest, the Argentine Football Association has confirmed. 

His death comes two weeks after leaving hospital where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain. 

Maradona was at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires when he died. 

He was also being treated for alcohol dependency.

Football fans on Twitter were quick to pay tribute to Maradona, who is described as one of the greatest players of all-time and remembered for scoring some of the best goals ever seen. 

Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the quarter-finals, as they went on to beat West Germany 3-2 in the final. 

Maradona then led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the US in 1994, but sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

While he's well-known for his skill on the pitch, his struggles with substance abuse were well-documented. In 1991 he was banned for 15 months after testing positive for cocaine. 

In 2000 and 2004 he was treated for heart and  respiratory problems linked to his substance abuse. The following year he underwent gastric-bypass surgery to help stem his obesity.

Diego Maradona leaves hospital after having his surgery.
Diego Maradona leaves hospital after having his surgery. Photo credit: Getty

Despite his off the field struggles he still goes down as one of the greats scoring 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them at four World Cups.

Along with dominating at international level, Maradona also had success at club level, playing for Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

He retired in 1997 during his second stint with Boca Juniors. 

In 2008, he became manager of the Argentinian national team and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

Maradona went onto coach teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina's top flight at the time of his death.

On Monday, Gimnasia played out a goalless draw against Patronato. 

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of national mourning after the news of Maradona's death, while in Naples, Italy, schools are set to be closed to pay their respects.

Brazil legend Pele was among those to pay tribute saying: "One day we'll kick a ball together in the sky above."

Current Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo labelled Maradona "the god of football". 

A moment's silence is expected before all of Thursday's Champions League matches.