Officials said Wednesday that Argentine football giant Diego Maradona, who scored the infamous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup, has died.
He was 60 years old.
The Argentine Football Association announced, through its President Claudio Tapia, the Argentine Football Association, expressing deep sorrow for the death of our veteran Diego Armando Maradona.
“You will always be in our hearts.”
The union also posted a picture of Maradona kissing the World Cup trophy: “Goodbye, Diego. You will be #internal in every heart of the football planet.”
Maradona underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a blood clot on his brain.
The colorful and outspoken star was the 1986 captain who captured his nation’s second World Cup title. He scored twice in a 2–1 win over England in the quarter-finals.
Maradona went for a header in the 51st minute of that match as the ball missed his hand and went into the England goal.
But in an era long before the instant replays known in football as video assistant referees (VARs), officials on the field missed the obvious violation and the goal was set.
“A little with Maradona’s head and a little with God’s hand,” Maradona said of that score.
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Matthew Mulligan has contributed.