Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after a heart attack.

The 1986 Argentina international, who won the World Cup, underwent brain surgery earlier this month and is said to be ‘recovering well’.

Maradona, who played for Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors before hanging up his shoes in 1997, is considered by many to be the greatest footballer in the history of the game.

The Argentine Football Association confirmed that the 60-year-old died in hospital on Wednesday (November 25).

He reportedly had a heart attack at his home in Tigre.

Former England international Gary Lineker said: “Reports from Argentina that Diego Armando Maradona has passed away.

“By some distance the best player of my generation and perhaps the best of all time.

“After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he will finally find some comfort in the hands of God.”

The former Barcelona star was photographed in recent weeks after surgery, reportedly on the mend.

It was then that Argentina’s all-time top scorer Lionel Messi took to Instagram to wish his fellow countryman the best.

In addition to a photo of the couple together, the Barcelona forward wrote in Spanish: “Diego, all the strength in the world. My family and I want to see you well as soon as possible. A hug from the heart! “

Leopoldo Luque, the 60-year-old Argentinian’s personal physician, said it was not an “emergency” after Maradona’s admission to the hospital in Buenos Aires.

He was quoted by Argentina’s ESPN F90 as saying, “I didn’t see him the way I would like to see him.

‘We have to be calm. This is not an emergency. Diego is fine, but he can do better. “