You made us immensely happy. Gab Marcotti weighs the merits of Diego Maradona's and Pele's careers to decide which player shined brightest. When I was young in Italy, I used to always watch Maradona when he played for Napoli," the NBA great, who spent seven years of his childhood in Italy, had said. - Diego Maradona: Soccer great's life in pictures Now is the time for tears. • Lawyer calls for ambulance inquiry 10 shirt? Maradona was again hospitalized in early 2007 for acute hepatitis that his doctor blamed on excessive drinking and eating. ESPN Argentine legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60 at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires following a heart attack. The Diego Maradona documentary is constructed from over 500 hours of … • Clashes with police as thousands mourn "To see him play was pure bliss, true stardom,'' teammate Carlos Beltran said. In retirement, Maradona frequented Boca matches as a raucous one-man cheering section and took part in worldwide charity, sporting and exhibition events. Since ending his playing career in 1997, the ex-Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors star battled a series of health issues. Pope Francis remembers football legend and fellow Argentine Diego Maradona with affection and is keeping him in his prayers, the Vatican said on Wednesday. In 1984, Barcelona sold him to Napoli, in Italy. Maradona said he got clean from drugs there and started a new chapter. NEWS But the already stocky forward quickly gained weight and was clearly short of breath as he huffed through friendly matches. 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. 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. 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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. A ballooning waistline slowed Maradona's explosive speed later in his career and by 1991 he was snared in his first doping scandal when he admitted to a cocaine habit that haunted him until he retired in 1997, at 37. 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. Blood and urine samples turned up traces of cocaine. "We are in mourning," club spokesman Nicola Lombardo said. Later, it will be words," the club posted on its Twitter account. On "10's Night,'' Maradona headed around a ball with Pele, interviewed boxer Mike Tyson and Hollywood celebrities, and taped a lengthy conversation with Castro in Cuba. He joined a left-wing protest train outside the Summit of the Americas in 2005, standing alongside Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to denounce the presence of then-President George W. Bush. "I love Maradona. Football’s Greatest: Maradona. He had undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse. Visit ESPN to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball and more. 'Pele vs. Maradona derby' as Boca Juniors face Santos in Copa Libertadores semis ESPN - Tim Vickery. 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. He failed another doping test for stimulants and was thrown out of the 1994 World Cup in the United States. 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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. Fernandez posted a photograph of himself on Twitter hugging Maradona with the message: "You took us to the highest place in the world. • Funeral workers fired over coffin photos Or Pele? He grew up in Villa Fiorito, a shanty town where … There were also notable lows, such as when he was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup after being found guilty of doping. Pope Francis, who is from Argentina and a known supporter of San Lorenzo, also mourned Maradona's passing. At the height of his club career, at Napoli from 1984 to 1991, he helped the side win its only two Italian league titles. Maradona falleció a los 60 años, en la soledad de su habitación en el domicilio de la provincia de Buenos Aires en el que se recuperaba de … 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 … Argentina, and Latin America, Mourn Maradona as a Man of the People Known for siding with leftist leaders and causes, the soccer legend’s life, and his politics, never strayed far … ESPN presents a new series of 30 for 30 Films: Soccer Stories. He got to know Maradona when the former player received help for drug and weight problems on the island in 2000. Available exclusively on the DIRECTV Latin America channel, OnDIRECTV, … ", Per Sempre 💙 Ciao Diego pic.twitter.com/LzppqlBqLV. Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi was among hundreds of players to send messages remembering Maradona as well as condolences to his family. The tattoo will also no doubt endear him to his fans in Brazil and Latin America. 1978 World Cup winner Mario Kempes shares his memories of teammate Diego Maradona. In 2005, he underwent gastric bypass in Colombia, shedding nearly 50 kilograms (more than 100 pounds) before appearing as host of a wildly popular Argentine television talk show. 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. Thanks for existing, Diego. You'll always be in our hearts. "It is a very sad day for the football world," Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino said in a statement. We are in shock.". Like great masters of music and painting, he has defied our intellect and enriched the human spirit,'' Morales said. His outsider status made it all the more surprising when he was chosen as Argentina coach following Alfio Basile's resignation. The Copa Libertadores clash between Internacional of Brazil and Argentina's Boca Juniors was postponed after confirmation of the news that Boca legend Maradona … 25 Nov, 2020. The terrorist mafia of Miami!" You were the greatest of all. The first pope from Latin America called . Facebook; Twitter; Facebook Messenger; Pinterest; Email; Games have ploughed ahead in South America in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic -- only one event, the death of Diego Maradona, could stop the show. • Messi: Maradona is 'eternal' • Moreno: Maradona a genius and a god "We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. World Cup-winner Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, his longtime lawyer and agent Matias Morla confirmed. ESPN is the Latin American division of ESPN Inc., and broadcasts sports-related programming for the region in Spanish.It was launched on 31 March 1989. The Argentine government also confirmed that Maradona's body will lie in state at the Casa Rosada government headquarters and that the he will be given a state funeral. 25 de noviembre. TRIBUTES Maradona is survived by his longtime partner, Veronica Ojeda, two daughters, two sons, and his former wife, Claudia Villafane. Argentine legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60 at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires following a heart attack. Or Bican? For the next set of fixtures, we will remember him with a special initiative. - Marcotti: Maradona soccer's ultimate flawed genius 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). 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 … 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. "Everyone is waiting for words from us. The No. Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report. But what words could be possible for pain as strong as that we are currently experiencing? • Maradona, Pele highlight GOAT debate REACTION In Cuba, Maradona took to playing golf and smoking cigars. • 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.''. Born in 1960, Maradona captained Argentina to World Cup 1986 glory as well as reaching the final in 1990. Matias Morla, Maradona's longtime agent, confirmed the news to Efe news agency. The Maradona that will remain will be the one from 1986, immortalised in the act of striking a blow for Argentina, for South America, and … • Pope Francis mourns Maradona's death A brotherly salute to you and the excellent and prestigious footballers of our America." 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. 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. In 2004, he was hospitalised with severe heart and respiratory problems related to a long battle with drug addiction. The retired Brazilian star mourned the death of Maradona in a brief statement provided to Reuters by a representative. - Messi on Maradona passing: 'Diego is eternal' ESPN // 13:05 ARG/CHI/PAR/URU 12:05 BOL/VEN 11:05 COL/ECU/PER Hablemos de Fútbol Especial Diego Maradona #2 . He remade its fortunes almost single-handedly, taking it to the 1987 Italian league championship for its first title in 60 years. 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". • Kempes: Maradona an Argentina legend OnDIRECTV Presents one of the Most Anticipated Documentaries of the Year: “Diego 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 . 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. 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. "Everything he was thinking in his head, he made it happen with his feet,'' said Salvatore Bagni, who played with Maradona at Italian club Napoli. Maradona had recently battled health issues and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma several weeks ago. "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. One who made us dream and excited fans across the planet. As such, Maradona was also a propaganda tool for Latin America's leftist leaders, said Tedeschi. In 2005, Maradona interviewed Castro on his Argentine TV show, asking how George W. Bush had been re-elected president of the United States, to which Castro responded: "Fraud. 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. 8:00 p.m. (hora del centro CT), por ESPN . "Certainly, one day we'll kick a ball together in the sky above," he said. 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. 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. In retirement, Maradona also became more outspoken. 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. "Nobody has thrilled me more and left me in such awe as Diego.". Mina Rzouki recounts Italy's love for Diego Maradona during his time at Napoli and at the 1990 World Cup. 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. ", Argentina President Alberto Fernandez also confirmed three days of national mourning following the news. "Today, a legend of our sport has left us. Napoli said on Wednesday the death was a "devastating blow" for both the city and the club. Its programming is adapted to the likes of viewers, who tend to prefer football and Hispanic baseball players to the more locally produced programs.. ESPN Latin America, unlike its U.S. sister channels, has more … He was admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach. 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. “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). The death of the greatest player in the history of the game of Association Football, Diego Armando Maradona, on November 25 produced an outpouring of grief and nostalgia around the world. 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.''. 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 (2:04). He played five matches at Argentine club Newell's Old Boys in 1994 before returning to Boca from 1995-97 -- his final club and closest to his heart. • Front pages: 'In the hands of God' - Maradona front pages: 'In the hands of God', A statement from the Argentina Football Association read: "The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest pain at the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. Maradona perhaps took the mantle of champion of the global South too far. Much to his critics’ ire, he embraced leftist Latin American strongmen such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez. Maradona failed a doping test in 1991 and was banned for 15 months, acknowledging his longtime cocaine addiction. We are going to miss you the rest of our lives.". • Social media reacts to Maradona's death - … There he was visited by his friend, Cuban President Fidel Castro. Maradona's coaching staff at Gimnasia y La Plata resign following his death. Read More. 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. • Should soccer retire No. For many Argentines, Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday, was no mere soccer superstar. Additionally, the Argentine Professional Soccer League announced that the current First Division tournament will change its name to honour Maradona. UEFA confirmed to ESPN that there will be a minute's silence before all Champions League matches on Wednesday and Europa League ties on Thursday. Hablemos de Fútbol Especial Diego Maradona #1. 26 de noviembre. 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. Drug problems overshadowed his final playing years. Reuters. Castro retired as leader of Cuba in 2008 after 49 years in power and was replaced by his brother Raul, 83, who is currently in power. Pope Francis remembers football legend and fellow Argentine Diego Maradona with affection and is keeping him in his prayers, the Vatican said on Wednesday. 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