Football’s Greatest: Maradona. Matias Morla, Maradona's longtime agent, confirmed the news to Efe news agency. "We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. Maradona had recently battled health issues and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma several weeks ago. For many Argentines, Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday, was no mere soccer superstar. Like great masters of music and painting, he has defied our intellect and enriched the human spirit,'' Morales said. Cuando el mundo deportivo estaba en la ansiosa espera del superclásico Boca vs. River por la Copa Diego Armando Maradona, en la edición especial ESPN F90, Sebastián “Pollo” Vignolo le realizó una rica entrevista a Diego Lerner, presidente The Walt Disney Company Latin America, en la que surgieron varios temas interesantes. "To see him play was pure bliss, true stardom,'' teammate Carlos Beltran said. He won his first three matches but his tactics, selection and attention to detail were all questioned after a 6-1 loss to Bolivia in World Cup qualifying equaled Argentina's worst-ever margin of defeat. Fútbol Picante: Diego Armando Maradona . Gab Marcotti weighs the merits of Diego Maradona's and Pele's careers to decide which player shined brightest. Thanks for existing, Diego. In retirement, Maradona also became more outspoken. https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/mundial/nota/_/id/7661696/la-vida-de-diego-maradona-de-decada-en-decada, https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/mexico/nota/_/id/7690731/diego-armando-maradona-mexico-mundial-muerte, Maradona vivió en México algunos de sus mejores momentos como jugador y entrenador, https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/nota/_/id/7800136/maradona-mexico-mejores-momentos-jugador-entrenador, “Yo soy hincha de México”: Maradona y sus frases en su paso por México, https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/mexico/nota/_/id/7694034/diego-armando-maradona-frases-sobre-mexico, El día en que Maradona se convirtió en D10S con el gol a los ingleses, https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/mundial/nota/_/id/7797820/argentina-inglaterra-mundial-86-diego-maradona-gol-a-los-ingleses-d10s, https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/mundial/nota/_/id/7661696/la-vida-de-diego-maradona-de-decada-en-decada, Daniela Rodríguez of Houston, Texas Wins ESPN Deportes’ DREAM JOB: EL REPORTERO. The show's creator, Mexican comedy legend Roberto Gomez Bolanos, may have died in 2014, but his 1970s comedy still transcends generations and borders and lives on through syndication in Latin America and Brazil. In 2000, in what doctors said was a brush with death, he was hospitalized in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este with a heart that doctors said was pumping at less than half its capacity. The pontiff said that after learning of Maradona’s death, he prayed for him and sent a rosary to his family with some words of comfort. Or Bican? • Diego Maradona's life in pictures Maradona was born on Oct. 30, 1960, into a poor family in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1984, Barcelona sold him to Napoli, in Italy. 25 de noviembre. Argentine legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at his home near Buenos Aires following a heart attack. "It is a very sad day for the football world," Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino said in a statement. "He has been one of the great artists of my time. "Today, a legend of our sport has left us. "The pope was informed about the death of Diego Maradona, he recalls the times he met him in these past years with affection, and he is remembering him in his prayers, as he did in the past days when he was informed about his condition," Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said. Maradona failed a doping test in 1991 and was banned for 15 months, acknowledging his longtime cocaine addiction. • Vickery: A loss to all of South America Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who died in January of this year, was once interviewed by a Spanish-language TV station, and told reporters that Maradona was his idol. Since ending his playing career in 1997, the ex-Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors star battled a series of health issues. He had undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse. Reuters. • Moreno: Maradona a genius and a god The Diego Maradona documentary is constructed from over 500 hours of … 8:00 p.m. (hora del centro CT), por ESPN . He frequently praised Castro and Argentine-born revolutionary "Che'' Guevara, who fought with Castro in the Cuban revolution -- even sporting a tattoo of Guevara on his right arm. Argentina, Latin America mourn Maradona, the ‘Man of the People’ ‘We’re all in Diego’s debt for all the happiness he gave us’ A makeshift memorial for Diego Maradona in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 25, 2020. It's all still on: Boca Juniors can still dream of winning the Copa Libertadores to honour the memory of Diego Maradona, and of meeting Buenos Aires … Maradona, who died on Wednesday at his home in Argentina after a heart attack, met the pope several times at the Vatican after Francis was elected in 2013 as Latin America's first pope. • Pope Francis mourns Maradona's death Maradona perhaps took the mantle of champion of the global South too far. Napoli said on Wednesday the death was a "devastating blow" for both the city and the club. But what words could be possible for pain as strong as that we are currently experiencing? ", Per Sempre 💙 Ciao Diego pic.twitter.com/LzppqlBqLV. Mina Rzouki recounts Italy's love for Diego Maradona during his time at Napoli and at the 1990 World Cup. In retirement, Maradona frequented Boca matches as a raucous one-man cheering section and took part in worldwide charity, sporting and exhibition events. Now is the time for tears. "I love Maradona. Además, todo lo sucedido alrededor de la muerte del gran ídolo en las emisiones de los shows en los canales de ESPN: Sportscenter, ESPN FC y Futbol Picante, Fútbol Picante: Diego Armando Maradona (repetición), Toda la información al momento en ESPN.comÂ, Los detalles de la muerte de Diego Armando Maradona, https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/nota/_/id/7797619/detalles-muerte-diego-armando-maradona, Messi: “Nos deja pero no se va, porque el Diego es eterno”, https://www.espn.com.mx/futbol/argentina/nota/_/id/7798279/messi-nos-deja-pero-no-se-va-porque-el-diego-es-eterno, La vida de Diego Maradona, de década en década 41d ESPN staff Force add three more Pumas for 2021 Aussie season Western Force have added three further Argentina players for next year's Super Rugby AU and trans-Tasman competitions. 'Pele vs. Maradona derby' as Boca Juniors face Santos in Copa Libertadores semis ESPN - Tim Vickery. Victor Hugo Morales, Argentina's most popular football broadcaster, said Maradona will ultimately be remembered for a thrilling style of play that has never been duplicated. He was admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach. - Marcotti: Maradona soccer's ultimate flawed genius 10 he wore on his jersey became synonymous with him, as it also had with Pele, the Brazilian great with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time. Maradona played from 1976-81 for first division club Argentinos Juniors, then went to Boca Juniors for a year before heading to Barcelona for a world-record $8 million. There he was visited by his friend, Cuban President Fidel Castro. He sniped frequently at former coaches, players -- including Pele -- and the pope. 1978 World Cup winner Mario Kempes shares his memories of teammate Diego Maradona. The Copa Libertadores clash between Internacional of Brazil and Argentina's Boca Juniors was postponed after confirmation of the news that Boca legend Maradona … Or Pele? CONMEBOL, the South American Football Confederation on Wednesday announced that it would reschedule the Copa Libertadores match between Maradona's former club in Argentina, Boca Juniors, and Internacional. Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi was among hundreds of players to send messages remembering Maradona as well as condolences to his family. - Diego Maradona: Soccer great's life in pictures • Funeral workers fired over coffin photos There were also notable lows, such as when he was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup after being found guilty of doping. The match will now be played on Dec. 2. As such, Maradona was also a propaganda tool for Latin America's leftist leaders, said Tedeschi. Maradona, who died on Wednesday aged 60, never fulfilled those aspirations but he did play a role in championing leftist leaders across Latin America - such … The tattoo will also no doubt endear him to his fans in Brazil and Latin America. Bold, fast and utterly unpredictable, Maradona was a master of attack, juggling the ball easily from one foot to the other as he raced upfield. Maradona was again hospitalized in early 2007 for acute hepatitis that his doctor blamed on excessive drinking and eating. Dodging and weaving with his low center of gravity, he shrugged off countless rivals and often scored with a devastating left foot, his most powerful weapon. One who made us dream and excited fans across the planet. The terrorist mafia of Miami!" After another emergency hospitalisation in 2004, Maradona was counseled for drug abuse and in September of that year traveled to Cuba for treatment at Havana's Center for Mental Health. Maradona's coaching staff at Gimnasia y La Plata resign following his death. But the already stocky forward quickly gained weight and was clearly short of breath as he huffed through friendly matches. Later, it will be words," the club posted on its Twitter account. Much to his critics’ ire, he embraced leftist Latin American strongmen such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez. One of the most famous moments in the history of the sport, the "Hand of God'' goal, came when the diminutive Maradona punched the ball into England's net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals. Pope Francis remembers football legend and fellow Argentine Diego Maradona with affection and is keeping him in his prayers, the Vatican said on Wednesday. • Messi: Maradona is 'eternal' Read More. He made an unlikely return to the national team in 2008 when he was appointed Argentina coach, but after a quarterfinal exit at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was ousted -- ultimately picking up another coaching job with the United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl. • Italy will never forget Maradona, Ahead of his 60th birthday in October, Maradona told France Football magazine that it was his dream to "score another goal against the English, this time with the right hand.''. - Messi on Maradona passing: 'Diego is eternal' Maradona's spokesman, Sebastian Sanchi, said he died Wednesday of a heart attack two weeks after being released from a hospital in Buenos Aires following brain surgery. October will be the month to enjoy the new film directed by Asif Kapadia, Oscar winner for his work on the documentary Amy (Amy Winehouse) and creator of Senna (Ayrton Senna). He grew up in Villa Fiorito, a shanty town where … You made us immensely happy. A year after losing the 1990 World Cup final to West Germany, Maradona moved to Spanish club Sevilla, but his career was on the decline. The No. His outsider status made it all the more surprising when he was chosen as Argentina coach following Alfio Basile's resignation. Although his reputation was tarnished by his addictions and an ill-fated spell in charge of the national team, he remained idolised in football-mad Argentina as the "Pibe de Oro'' or "Golden Boy.''. In a statement, the league said: "To remember the unforgettable captain of the Argentine national team, the Copa de la Liga Profesional will be renamed to Copa Diego Armando Maradona". Hablemos de Fútbol Especial Diego Maradona #1. A brotherly salute to you and the excellent and prestigious footballers of our America." "Everyone is waiting for words from us. • Kempes: Maradona an Argentina legend Consisting of a pair of feature-length films and six half-hour documentaries, the series will cast the net far and wide over some the games’ most famous and infamous events. OnDIRECTV Presents one of the Most Anticipated Documentaries of the Year: “Diego Maradona”. He remade its fortunes almost single-handedly, taking it to the 1987 Italian league championship for its first title in 60 years. 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ESPN Latin America, unlike its U.S. sister channels, has more … • Front pages: 'In the hands of God' Maradona also captivated fans around the world over a two-decade career with a bewitching style of play that was all his own. ESPN // 13:40 ARG/CHI/PAR/URU 12:40 BOL/VEN 11:40 COL/ECU/PER Hablemos de Fútbol Más información en ESPN.com Diego Maradona: Programa especial por ESPN Pope Francis, who is from Argentina and a known supporter of San Lorenzo, also mourned Maradona's passing. (2:04). ESPN Argentine justice officials are investigating the death of Diego Maradona and ordered the search of properties of his personal doctor on Sunday, a local prosecutor's office said. He also fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game. “Diego Maradona” is the latest documentary from Director Asif Kapadia, Academy winner for his documentary film Amy (based on Amy Winehouse) and creator of Senna (based on Ayrton Senna). 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