- Diego Maradona earlier left the hospital after a successful brain surgery
- He had a blood clot on the brain prompting an emergency operation
- The legend died of cardiovascular arrest on Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Argentinian football legend and winner of the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona, has passed away at home in Tigre after suffering a heart attack.
The legend left Olivos Clinic in an ambulance on Wednesday evening, November 11 after a successful operation.
It remained unclear if the ex-footie fully recovered as it came just days after his lawyer, Matias Morla, painted a grim picture of the ex-footballer's health.
Morla was quoted saying it is a miracle the World Cup winner was alive, divulging the blood clot could have easily "cost him his life."
He said: “Diego experienced perhaps the most difficult moment of his life. I think the fact the brain bleed was discovered when it was is a miracle because it could have cost him his life.
Morla's assertions were in complete contrast with those of the doctors who described the surgery on the former Napoli and Barcelona star as "routine."
Sporting icon Maradona, who spent the best of his playing days at Napoli and also had a stint at Barcelona, passed away in the city north of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, the player's hometown.
Since retiring from one of the most illustrious careers of any player to lace a pair of boots, Maradona had battled health problems and weight gain, which stemmed from addiction troubles which were rooted which began in his playing days.
A national hero in his home country, Maradona also captained Argentina to the 1990 World Cup final in defence of their title, losing to West Germany.
Domestically, he won two Series A titles with Napoli, including a league and cup double in 1987, as well as the UEFA Cup, his only European trophy.
A short tenure at Camp Nou with Barcelona nevertheless saw the barrel-chested Maradona win three domestic cups in 1983, before falling out with management.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Javier Mascherano has finally hung his boots from football after his illustrious 17-year career across South America and Europe.
The Argentine defender enjoyed his most successful spell at club level with Barcelona where he won five La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns during his eight-year spell at Camp Nou.
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