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Sports When Maradona almost signed for OM

20:00  25 november  2020
20:00  25 november  2020 Source:   sports.fr

Argentina legend Maradona dies at 60 after suffering heart attack

  Argentina legend Maradona dies at 60 after suffering heart attack Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona died Wednesday, the Argentine Football Association confirmed. He was 60 years old. Maradona died after suffering a heart attack at his home near Buenos Aires, the former player's lawyer told Reuters. He was hospitalized earlier this month, and Maradona underwent emergency brain surgery to repair a subdural hematoma following the detection of a blood clot on the surface of his brain. He remained in Buenos Aires under the watch of his psychologist Diego Diaz and was treated for alcohol dependency.

In 1987, Maradona took Napoli to their first ever Serie A title just a year after he’d almost single-handedly won the World Cup in Mexico with Argentina; but if things had worked out a little differently one of the greatest talents the world has ever seen could have been playing for Sheffield United.

With Maradona in charge, Argentina’s national team only just sneaked an automatic qualification spot for the 2010 World Cup. The team was eliminated from the tournament proper in the quarterfinals by Maradona ’s old rival, Germany. Maradona greets fans prior to a match in Buenos Aires on March 7.

MARADONA NAPOLI © Supplied by Sports.fr MARADONA NAPOLI Diego Maradona came close to wearing the Marseille jersey from the 1989-1990 season. The leaders of Napoli have finally closed the door to Argentine genius. This is a story that could have inspired a detective story at the heart of sport. The mafia is said to have prevented one of the best players in football history from wearing the Olympique de Marseille jersey. June 1989, Diego Armando Maradona agrees to receive Michel Hidalgo at his home. The Marseille sports director was mandated by its president Bernard Tapie to convince the Argentine star to join other Ciel et Blancs. And the interview is going pretty well. Maradona is seduced by the project of a growing OM, author of the double cup-championship this year and soon among the big cars in Europe. But there is a problem. He is of size. The 1986 world champion has been playing for Napoli since 1984 and there is no way he leaves southern Italy. Tapie: "I had the written agreement of the player and the club" Maradona's popularity among the Neapolitans is enormous, close to insanity. He became an icon, like the one he was at home in Buenos Aires, when he played for Argentina Juniors and then for Boca. So out of the question to let Maradona go, announces President Corrado Ferlaino, however rather favorable at first. He would have been made aware of what was brewing by a leak, wrote La Provence last month on the occasion of the 60 years of the left-handed artist. Another version circulated. The might of the local mafia and its influence in the Serie A club's arcana vetoed any departure of Diego Maradona. However, documents existed. "It wasn't just Maradona who signed, Ferlaino also signed, I had the written agreement of the player and the club," Bernard Tapie said in an interview with L'Équipe. Michel Hidalgo returned to Marseille empty-handed. But the transfer of the century to OM almost happened.

Death of Diego Maradona: his doctor under investigation for manslaughter .
© KCS Death of Diego Maradona: his doctor under investigation for manslaughter The circumstances of Diego Maradona's death are now a legal enigma. The daughters of Argentine legend accuse his doctor, Leopoldo Luque, of negligence. The latter firmly denies these allegations. The world of football has not finished mourning. Since the death of Diego Maradona , on November 25, at the age of 60, tributes have poured in from all over the world.

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