Diego Armando Maradona has passed away this afternoon, in his home in Tigre at the age of sixty. The Argentinean legend, who only a few weeks ago was operated on, has passed away following a cardiac arrest. Maradona had turned sixty years old on 30 October. The Government of Argentina has declared three days of national mourning in the country.
Sevilla FC were one of the six lucky clubs to enjoy Diego Armando Maradona and his famous number 10 shirt. The Argentine arrived in Nervión in the summer of 1992, after serving a fifteen month ban imposed by FIFA during his stint at Napoli. Sevilla FC, under the presidency of Luis Cuervas, managed to sign Maradona for the rest of the season, with the possibility of extending for a further year. Diego wore our shirt 29 times and scored seven goals.
During Maradona's presentation as a Sevilla FC player, the Club earned over 150 million pesos. 60,000 people greeted him at his presentation at Napoli
Maradona started his career at Argentinos Juniors, where he played from 1976 to 1981. He then moved onto Boca Juniors, playing for a season before moving to FC Barcelona as one of the biggest players in the world. The Argentine had a tough spell at the Catalan club, plagued by injuries which allowed him to only contest 58 matches in two years. After Barcelona, he made his famous move to Napoli, where he was welcomed by over 60,000 as he got off the plane. Maradona simply exploded with Napoli, winning two Serie A's and a UEFA Cup. He scored 115 goals in 259 games.
During Maradona's presentation game for Sevilla FC against Bayern Munich, the Club earned over 150 million pesos. After his stint in Seville, he returned to Argentina with Newell's, only playing five times. Maradona was the star of Argentina's World Cup victory in 1986 and will always be remembered for his famous 'Hand of God' against England in the quarter-finals,
Maradona won two Serie A's and a UEFA Cup with Napoli, as well as the 1986 World Cup with Argentina
Maradona also had a career as a coach, managing Mandiyú, Rácing, Gimnasia de la Plata, Al-Wasl, Al-Fujairah, and Dorados de Sinaloa. He also managed Argentina between 2008 and 2010. The number 10 also won three Ballon d'Ors in a row in 1979, 1980, and 1981.
Sevilla FC will always be grateful that the greatest player of all time graced the Club with his football for a year. Everyone at the Club expresses their deepest condolences to all of Diego's friends and family. Rest in peace, Diego Armando Maradona.