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BREAKING! FOOTBALL LEGEND, MARADONA IS DEAD

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Football legend and Argentina world cup winner, Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, Matias Morla, Maradona’s longtime agent, confirmed to EFE.

Maradona was recently hospitalised and underwent brain surgery and was released on Nov. 11.

He won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina and also played for Barcelona at club level as well as Napoli, who he helped lead to the Serie A title.

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Argentina President Alberto Fernandez also confirmed three days of national mourning following the news. Fernandez posted a photograph of himself on Twitter hugging Maradona with the message: “You took us to the highest place in the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for existing, Diego. We are going to miss you the rest of our lives.”

Retired Brazilian soccer star Pele mourned the death of Maradona in a brief statement provided to Reuters by a representative.

“Certainly, one day we’ll kick a ball together in the sky above,” he said.

Napoli said on Wednesday the death was a “devastating blow” for both the city and the club. “We are in mourning,” club spokesman Nicola Lombardo said. “We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock.”

“Everyone is waiting for words from us. But what words could be possible for pain as strong as that we are currently experiencing? Now is the time for tears. Later, it will be words,” the club posted on its Twitter account.

“It is a very sad day for the football world,” Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino said in a statement. “Today, a legend of our sport has left us. “One who made us dream and excited fans across the planet. For the next set of fixtures, we will remember him with a special initiative.”

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.

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