The global sports community has been dealt a great blow as incoming reports indicate that Football icon Diego Maradona has passed away aged 60.
It is understood that Maradona died after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest on Wednesday.
Maradona underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a blood clot from his brain and was already out to undergo rehabilitation outside the hospital.
In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”
Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, said: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.
“Thank you for having existed, Diego. We’re going to miss you all our lives.”
Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.
He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.