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‘A soccer teacher’: Prime Minister Modi mourns the death of legendary Argentine footballer Maradona

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi wrote: “Diego Maradona was a master of football, enjoying worldwide popularity. Throughout his career, he provided us with some of the best sporting moments on the soccer field. His untimely death has saddened us all. May his soul rest in peace.”

Several politicians have shared messages of condolence upon hearing the news of the death of the man who in 1986 took the Argentine team to new heights by winning the World Cup final in Mexico. It was also the same World Cup tournament where he scored a goal in the 51st minute against England in the quarterfinals, which would later become known as the ‘Hand of God’ goal. He also scored the second goal in the game that ended England’s 1986 World Cup campaign. The second goal, in which he beat six English defenders, was later named by FIFA “Goal of the Century”.

Maradona after the game said the famous phrase: “(I scored) a little with Maradona’s head and a little with God’s hand.”

The Union Minister, Kiren Rijiju, also took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his pain when he heard the news of the death of Diego Armando Maradona. He wrote: “There will be no other born-again Maradona. He is the first soccer superstar we saw live on television. I didn’t get to see the live game of the great Pelé and the fascinating Garrincha playing, but I am very lucky to see the live magic of MARADONA! RIP “God of football”.

Maradona died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Buenos Aires. He was 60 years old at the time of his death. Despite being a prolific footballer, he struggled with obesity and drug abuse issues.

Maradona’s fame reached its zenith for his World Cup performances, but football fans in Italy and around the world also remember him for his performances while playing for Napoli of the Italian first division, where he transformed the club and led them to two Serie A titles.



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