Breaking: Football legend Maradona has died
Legendary footballer Diego Maradona dies at death
Argentine athlete dies at home after heart attack
Legendary footballer Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday just a month before his 60th birthday.
According to relatives of the football player, he died after a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced three days of national mourning.
Maradona was considered one of the most gifted footballers in history. The peak of his fame came in 1986, when he was the captain of the Argentina national team and led her to the victory in the World Cup. In 1994, a football player was disqualified due to doping.
Maradona and Pele
The athlete suffered from drug and alcohol addiction for many years, but in 2008 he returned to the big sport as the coach of the Argentine national team..
“Football genius from conflicting patches”
Sports commentator Slava Malamud from Baltimore, Maryland, in an interview with the Russian service of the Voice of America, talks about the controversial nature of one of the best footballers in history.
“He lived the first 34 years of his life as a football genius, as one of the greatest footballers of all time. If you ask, for example, the Argentines, then this is the greatest player. If you ask the people of Naples where he played for the Napoli club, then this is simply the best Neapolitan of all time and simply God. And if you ask the British, then this is probably the greatest cunning of all time, the man who at the 1986 World Cup fooled the whole world, at least one judge. So this is one of those people whose rather complex nature, its good and bad sides, were able to rivet the attention of the whole world..
Maradona the coach was like a football devil, like a demon with long hair, who was running along the edge of the field, going crazy. He wore a huge watch on each hand. Maradona has always remained himself. It’s just that when he was a footballer, his genius on the pitch overshadowed everything else. When he was a coach, he made a copy of himself out of the Argentina national team – a simple guy from the working suburbs, completely wild, but also completely brilliant. And in the Argentina national team, which he tried to revive, he remained true to himself, and it was a small glimpse into the past, when Maradona was a genius, against the background of what a sad character he was in the last quarter of a century of his life..
Not only drugs, not only alcohol, not only doping at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, but also the fact that he talked with dictators and said good things about them – all this is Maradona. Yes, he was a rather complicated person. He will never have the same image as Pele, who will never spoil his obituary, he was great on the field and a wonderful genius of public relations outside of him. He will never have an image like the same Messi, who is generally quite boring character outside the field, albeit a positive one, or like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is very fond of women. Maradona all consists of some kind of conflicting patches. Considering what environment he came from, he is the personification of his environment. I hope that Maradona will be remembered as he was on the field “.
Author and host of the program "A week". Since 2016 – Correspondent of the Russian Service "Voices of America" in Washington, in international journalism – since 2004. Former employee of the Moscow bureau of the BBC. Graduate of the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University. Main areas of activity – politics, sports, culture, social networks
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