“I feel sick”, were the last words uttered by the greatest footballer of all time. Diego Maradona embarked on a new journey for another beautiful world as he breathed his last on Nov. 25.
Football enthusiasts, who had witnessed his Hand of God incident or only watched the ever-controversial goal in a digital form, mourned across the world.
Pele took Twitter, “What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.”
The breathtaking player used to take the pitch by the magic in his left foot, but there is more to it. He had been a staunch socialist and an avid critic of the US. The Argentinean poster boy had a tattoo of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and Fidel Castro had also been his ally.
He was once quoted as saying, “We are Chavistas until death, Long live the revolution.”
Diego had earlier undergone brain surgery and was eventually released. He died of a heart attack at home.
El Diego was in the process of receiving treatment for his alcohol dependency post the brain surgery for a blood clot. The local autopsy report made a preliminary assumption of “acute heart failure”.
His coffin was on display at the presidential palace, and the casket was draped in Argentina’s national football shirt showcasing his jersey number.
The Golden Kid had left the world with his bodily existence, but he will always be remembered among his devotees.