Football is a sport with millions of fans. So, when the news of Diego Maradona’s death came on the news, many lovers of the sport were devastated to hear the death of their beloved footballer. Maradona was an icon of the sport for he had led his country, Argentina, to a victory in the 1986 World Cup. However, fans remembered him as the “Hand of God”, for his famous goal which he made from his hand.
Also known as The Golden Boy, Diego Maradona will be truly missed, and many will remember him as one the greatest footballers. Learn more on Diego Maradona’s death and get to know more on the footballer’s married life, engagement, children, net worth, and much more.
Diego Maradona Cause of Death/Funeral
Diego Maradona, former Argentine footballer and one of the greatest footballers of all time, sadly passed away on 25th November 2020. His death comes as a tragedy to all the football lovers around the globe. Diego had many moments in the fields during his career. Still, he was often remembered for his role in the victory over England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, notably his unpenalized handling foul, also known as the “Hand of God”, and the second goal which was a 60 m dribble past five England players, also voted as “Goal of the Century” in 2002.
However, Diego had a long history of substance abuse and was addicted to cocaine and suffered from obesity. Unfortunately, his death comes from a sudden cardiac arrest at home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Just a few weeks ago, he was admitted to a hospital due to psychological reasons. He also had undergone emergency brain surgery to treat a blood clot on the brain and was released on November 12 after a successful operation.
Upon the death of the famous footballer, many football stars and people came on Twitter to share their sorrow and respect for the deceased footballer.
The goalkeeper for LCFC, Kasper Schmeichel tweeted,
“Probably the best to ever play the game and an absolute gentleman. Rest in peace, Diego Maradona.”
Likewise, the chief football writer tweeted,
“RIP Diego Maradona. You’d pay to watch him warm up, let alone play. Played the greatest pass I have seen live, off-balance, right-footed to Caniggia to score against Brazil in Turin at Italia 90. Time after time, Maradona performed magic with the ball. Thoughts with his family.”
For now, Diego Maradona has not shared much on his funeral. However, we will be sure to update them on his funeral once his family releases more information.
Who Was Diego Maradona Married to?
Before his death, Diego was once married to a woman named Claudia Villafañe. The duo had tied the knot on 7 November 1984 in Buenos Aires. Likewise, they also shared two daughters, Dalma Nerea and Gianinna Dinorah. However, the duo divorced in 2004. Apart from his marriage, he also shared another child, Diego Fernando, from his relationship with Veronica Ojeda.
Few years after his divorce, Diego fell head over heels for Rocio Oliva when they met in 2012. Likewise, the duo was engaged in February 2014 at a party at a posh hotel in Rome. Four years later, Diego finally presented her ring in 2018 on Rocio’s 28th birthday. However, it’s not known if the duo were still together during the time of Diego’s death.
How Much is Diego Maradona Net Worth?
Diego made his debut at the age of 15 and quickly earned national-level attention after which the Boca Juniors purchased him in 1981 for a $4 million fee. He transferred to Barcelona in 1982, after a record-breaking $7.6 million fee. Moreover, Napoli broke the world record transfer fee by paying him about $10.5 million. He had led the team to two titles during his golden era. Besides, he had also led Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986 after famously striking the ball with his hand to score against England in a controversial 2-1 victory.
When the footballer was asked about it, he denied it and claimed it was “the hand of God”, which became a famous remark in soccer history. However, Diego’s attention to drugs got the best of him, and his performance greatly declined. He had many disappointing performances and was forced to leave Napoli after testing positive for cocaine. He was also thrown out of the World Cup after failing a drug test. Later in his career, he played for teams like Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys before returning to Boca Juniors to his end his career.
He had coached many teams and was the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata from 2019 until his death. Before his death, Diego Maradona held a net worth of $100k. He had been involved in a tax dispute and owed 37 million Euros in unpaid taxes which includes 23 million Euros in interest. However, police seized some of Diego’s jewellery to pay off the debt. Most of the amount remained unpaid.
Diego Maradona Wiki-Bio
Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30th October 1960 in Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was 60 years old at the time of his death. He was born to his parents, Diego Maradona “Chitoro” and Dalma Salvadora Franco ‘Doña Tota’. Likewise, he was the first son after four daughters and had two younger brothers, Hugo and Raul, who were professional footballers.
Diego held Argentine nationality and came from Hispanic ethnicity. He had a short height of 5 feet and 5 inches.