Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died after suffering a heart attack.
He was 60.
Argentina President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning following Maradona’s death in the city of Tigre on Wednesday.
“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy,” the president tweeted.
Maradona, who in 1986 led Argentina to a World Cup triumph, had a history of health problems.
Earlier this month, he underwent successful brain surgery for a blood clot at a private clinic in the capital, Buenos Aires.
Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo, reporting from Buenos Aires, said people were “just getting used to the idea that he [Maradona] will no longer be here”.
“People have been saying that Maradona made them cry out of happiness because he helped them win the World Cup … now, they will be crying out of pain,” Bo said
‘We are in mourning’
Retired Brazilian football star Pele mourned the Argentinian icon’s death.
“Sad news to lose a friend like that. May God give enough strength to his family. For sure, one day we will kick a ball together in heaven,” he said in a brief statement.
In 2001, FIFA named Maradona one of the two greatest players in the sport’s history, alongside Pele.
Former teammate and Argentine player Osvaldo Ardiles said Maradona was the “best football player in the history of football”.
“Thank dear Dieguito for your friendship, for your football, sublime, without comparison,” Ardiles posted on Twitter.
“Simply, the best football player in the history of football. So many enjoyable moments together. Impossible to say which one was the best. RIP my dear friend.”
Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, helping the city win its first Serie A league title.