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    Diego Maradona, Argentina soccer legend and World Cup winner, dies at 60

    https://abc7news.com/sports/argentin...at-60/8252871/

    Argentina legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, Matias Morla, Maradona's longtime agent, confirmed to EFE.

    The World Cup-winner was recently hospitalized and underwent brain surgery and was released on Nov. 11.

    The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest pain at the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You'll always be in our hearts

    Maradona won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina and also played for Barcelona at club level as well as Napoli, who he helped lead to the Serie A title.

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    I wonder what kind of brain surgery it was?

    RIP Diego, you were a legend.

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    https://heavy.com/sports/diego-marad...cocaine-death/

    one of the most legendary soccer players of all time, died at his home in Argentina after suffering a heart attack, Real GM first reported. He was 60.

    Maradona, who led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986, scored the famous ?Hand of God? goal against England and received the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament. After playing in Argentina for several years, Maradona went off to Europe to play in Barcelona and Napoli, and developed a dangerous addiction to cocaine.


    Detailed in the documentary film, Diego Maradona, the soccer star, at age 27, developed a routine that would?ve been lethal for most athletes. While playing for Napoli, he followed this ?physical program,? as reported by the Independent:

    Sunday: Serie A match.

    Sunday night to Wednesday morning: Continuous cocaine binge.

    Wednesday morning to Saturday evening: ?Cleanse,? and sweat it all out.

    Sunday: Serie A match.

    Maradona repeated this routine at the height of his career until he couldn?t keep it a secret anymore and the physical toll became too much on his body. Maradona, normally fit as one would picture a star athlete, gained weight, looked bloated and developed a double chin.


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    Portrait of Diego Maradona of Napoli after a match against AC Milan in October 1990.


    His physical transformation was so noticeable that even his kids couldn?t recognize him after he returned home from a wild night out, the Independent reported in 2019.

    Maradona Went From Being Known as ?God? to ?The Devil? During His Battle With Drugs & Alcohol

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    Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona escorted by Italian policemen arrives at the Giugliano Stadium, near Naples southern Italy on June 6, 2006.


    The Italian media gave the soccer star a new nickname after he tested positive for cocaine at the 1990 World Cup semi-final and was not only deemed unable to play but was banned from the sport for 15 months, according to the Independent. In the Diego Maradona documentary, director Asif Kapadia shows how while Maradona could be in perfect control of the ball on the field, his personal life was incredibly out of control.

    ?When you?re on the pitch, life goes away,? Maradona says in the film. ?Problems go away. Everything goes away.?

    Maradona?s close relationship with crime boss Carmine Giuliano heavily influenced his life outside of soccer, and at age 30, ?Cocaine had him in its grip,? said Fernando Signorini, who was his fitness trainer leading up to both the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.

    After being banned from soccer, Maradona was arrested for possession of cocaine while back home visiting Buenos Aires and was given a 14-month suspended sentence. However, Maradona bounced back for the 1994 World Cup and scored a clutch goal in Argentina?s 4-0 win against Greece during the group stage round.


    USA 1994 ? Gol de Maradona a Grecia relatado por Victor Hugo MoralesGol de Diego a Grecia en el mundial de Estados Unidos 1994 relatado por Victor Hugo Morales2010-06-11T08:58:00Z

    Nine days later, just before the team?s final group stage match, Maradona tested positive for ephedrine and was sent home.

    ?Maradona must have taken a cocktail of drugs because the five identified substances are not found in one medicine,? said Michel d?Hooghe, a doctor and member of FIFA?s executive committee. Maradona was again banned from FIFA, and he never represented Argentina?s National Team, La Albiceleste, again.

    Maradona then went to play for Newell?s Old Boys and Boca Junior at the club level but still couldn?t kick his drug habit. He failed his third drug test in six years during his time with Boca Junior, ending his soccer career. The team?s president Mauricio Macri said his urine sample test was positive for cocaine, the Daily Mail reported.

    Maradona Nearly Died From an Overdose in 2000

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    Argentina?s head coach Diego Maradona speaks to the media during a press conference at Green Point Arena on July 2, 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa.

    While on vacation in Punta de Lesta, Uruguay, in 2000, Maradona was transported to Cantegirl Sanatorium after being diagnosed with ?hypertensive crises and ventricular arrhythmia,? the effects of a cocaine overdose, Vice reported in 2017.

    According to Vice, Jorge Romero, the doctor who responded to Maradona at the vacation home where he was staying, told the El Pais, ?When I arrived, they rushed me inside. I found not Maradona, but a man who was dying. He was in a coma, laid out in a chair, surrounded by people who didn?t really have any idea what to do.?

    Maradona spent two days in the ICU before he could start breathing on his own. Guillermo Coppola, his representative at the time, said his return to like a scene out of a movie, Vice reported. ?One night, you opened the door of the room and found a guy hooked up with wires. It was Diego and he says, ?Guille, bring me some steak with fried eggs and French fries and get me out of here. Where am I?'?

    CUBA: DIEGO MARADONA DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENTSpanish/Nat Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona said on Monday that the U-S refusal to give him visas led him to chose treatment in Cuba for cocaine dependency. He arrived in Cuba on the 18th of January to undergo treatment for drug addiction and related health problems while staying at a medical-oriented hotel on the outskirts?2015-07-21T17:13:38Z

    Afterward, Maradona received treatment at the National Center for Mental Health in Cuba.

    In 2004, Maradona Suffered 2 Heart Attacks in 1 Month

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    Diego Armando Maradona, coach of Dorados de Sinaloa, in 2018.

    Maradona once again faced death after suffering two heart attacks in one month in April 2004. Being extremely overweight, the former soccer stud entered the ICU with serious hypertension and pneumonia. Much like his overdose recovery, Maradona bounced back incredibly quickly. After four days on a respirator, he woke up feeling so good that he simply left the hospital.

    After his second heart attack later that month, Maradona?s family forced him to take his health seriously and admitted him to la Clinica del Parque in Buenos Aires for a four-month stay. He also spent 70 days at the Cuban CENSAM center. Finally, in good health, Maradona became the head coach of the Argentinian team and in 2010 helped lead the team to the World Cup.

    In a 2014 interview with Argentina?s Tyc Sports, as reported by Sport Bible, Maradona said, ?I gave my opponents a big advantage due to my illness. Do you know the player I could have been if I hadn?t taken drugs? I am 53 going on 78 because my life hasn?t been normal. I?ve lived 80 [years] with the life I?ve gone through.?

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    I feel like they're just not wanting to accept that he died. His heart health wasn't good.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/diego-marad...202459845.html

    Diego Maradona's doctor being investigated for possible manslaughter following soccer legend's death

    Police in Argentina raided the home and offices of Leopoldo Luque, Diego Maradona’s personal doctor, on Sunday as part of an investigation into the soccer legend’s death.

    Maradona, 60, died of a heart attack at his Buenos Aires-area home on Nov. 25, just weeks after undergoing surgery to relieve bleeding on his brain.

    Around 60 officers conducted the raids at the two locations, according to local reports, and left with medical records. Prosecutors are looking into how Maradona was treated in his final days, and are investigating Luque for negligence that could result in possible manslaughter charges. Luque is cooperating with authorities, he said at an emotional press conference later Sunday.

    “I know what I did. I know how I did it,” Luque said while choking back tears, adding that he was not Maradona’s chief physician but rather a member of a team of doctors that had been treating the icon since his Nov. 3 operation. “I am absolutely sure that I did the best for Diego, the best I could.”

    Police targeted Luque after Maradona’s daughters and other family members sought details of the medications Maradona was being administered post-op, per a statement from the local prosecutor's office that is conducting the probe. The BBC reported Sunday that they fear Maradona was not receiving proper care since being discharged from the hospital two weeks before his death.

    There are suspicions that the star's convalescence at home might not have met the conditions of his discharge from the clinic, such as a 24-hour team of nurses "specialized in substance abuse", the on-call presence of doctors and a stand-by ambulance equipped with a defibrillator.
    Officials want to know how often Dr. Luque went to see Maradona at his house.

    Maradona became a godlike figure in his home country after leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title. But he battled health and addiction problems during and especially after his playing career ended in 1997. At the time of his passing, he was the head coach of Argentine Primera Division club Gimnasia.

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    People are flipping the fuck out over this guy's death.

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    Chelsea, if you are a ghost and reading mds, I command you to walk into the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    People are flipping the fuck out over this guy's death.
    Yeah, I have a good friend from Argentina, and you would have thought his dad died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Yeah, I have a good friend from Argentina, and you would have thought his dad died.
    I dont get it.

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-55173630

    A portfolio of properties, lucrative image rights, and an amphibious tank from Belarus.

    These were just some of the reported trappings of Diego Maradona's fortune.

    The Argentine football icon died at 60 last week, leaving behind a complicated financial legacy that echoes his at times troubled personal life.

    Since Maradona's death there has been rampant speculation about his wealth and the heirs entitled to a share of it.

    Maradona had a big family, fathering at least eight children over decades of romantic entanglements with six different women. His inheritance is expected to be divided equally among those children.

    But with no reports of a will, Argentine legal experts and journalists say the inheritance will be far from straightforward.

    They expect a protracted court battle fraught with family disputes, DNA tests and opportunistic claims of paternity as lawyers scramble to calculate the true value of Maradona's estate.
    "I predict that the inheritance process will be a mess," Elias Kier Joffe, a lawyer based in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, told the BBC. "I suspect it will take some time to sort out."

    So, who are Maradona's children?
    Paternity revelations were a common theme of Maradona's colourful life.

    One of his daughters once joked the former attacking midfielder could almost make up a football team's full starting 11 with his ever-growing brood.

    For years Maradona denied having any children besides Gianinna, 31, and Dalma, 33, both daughters he had with ex-wife Claudia Villafa?e, whom he divorced in 2003 after nearly 20 years of marriage.

    Eventually, the World Cup winner acknowledged six more children.
    Maradona recognised Diego Junior, 34, and Jana, 24, as his flesh and blood in the mid-2010s after court battles with their mothers, with whom he had had affairs.

    There was no such paternity dispute over the 2013 birth of his second son, seven-year-old Diego Fernando.

    Then a surprise development came in 2019, when Maradona's lawyer said he had agreed to accept the paternity of three children born in Cuba, where he spent several years from 2000 undergoing treatment for a cocaine habit.

    That brings us up to date.

    Now, there are still at least two more - Argentines Santiago Lara, 19 and Magal? Gil, 23 - who believe Maradona is their father. Both say they are taking legal action to establish this, which they will need to do to claim a portion of Maradona's inheritance.

    Indeed, Mr Lara's lawyer has already asked a court to exhume the footballer's body to collect a sample for a DNA test. Still, even if Mr Lara and Ms Gil did establish a paternal link, it is not clear how much they would receive in inheritance.

    What's the estimated value of Maradona's wealth?
    There is no comprehensive account of Maradona's wealth, but in some speculative reports, media outlets have used two metrics.

    The first estimates the total value of all Maradona's assets, from his sports cars to his jewellery.

    An inheritance worth between $75m (?55m) and $100m is one estimate that has been widely cited by Argentine media. This was referenced, without attribution to a source, in an article written by Julio Chiappetta, an Argentine sports journalist who was close to Maradona.


    media captionI got a glimmer of what it was like to be Maradona - Lineker
    The second metric is Maradona's net worth which, put simply, is the sum total of what a person owns (their assets) minus what they owe (their liabilities).

    Maradona had an estimated net worth of $500,000 at the time of his death, according to Celebrity Net Worth, a website that reports on the wealth of famous people. The website says its net-worth estimates are based on "financial analysis, market research, and inside sources".

    Some of the assets Maradona is widely reported to have owned include:

    At least five properties in Argentina but, as Mr Joffe said, "no Beverly Hills mansion"
    A Rolls Royce Ghost worth about $360,000 and a BMW i8 worth about $175,000
    A Hunter Overcomer amphibious vehicle gifted to him during a trip to Belarus
    A diamond ring worth $360,000
    A contract that allows Komani to use Maradona's likeness in its Pro Evolution Soccer video game

    Celebrity Net Worth says Maradona earned "tens of millions of dollars from salaries and endorsements" during his career as a player and a manager.

    A large portion of this wealth came from his contract with Italian football club Napoli where, according to a 1990 report by the New York Times, he drew $3m in salary, plus another $8m to $10m in endorsements.

    Italy both made and broke Maradona, giving with one hand and trying to take away with the other. In 2005, the Italian government said Maradona owed 37.2m euros (?32m; $48.6m) in unpaid taxes dating back to his Napoli days.

    To this day, the vast majority of the debt remains unpaid.

    Maradona refused to pay it and, had he lived longer, may have continued to do so. Nevertheless, the tax bill was still a major liability. This was factored into the estimate by Celebrity Net Worth, hence the seemingly low $500,000 figure.

    One friend, Argentine journalist Luis Ventura, said Maradona's well-documented spending habits hadn't done his bank balance any favours either. Appearing on the Fantino a la tarde TV programme, Ventura was asked whether Maradona had "died poor".

    "Definitely poor," Ventura said. "He liked to spend, and when someone asked him for money, he gave it."

    How will his inheritance be shared?
    Throughout his life Maradona had some very public disputes with ex-partners and his children, with all sides airing their grievances on social media or Argentine TV.

    Maradona's health and wealth were often the twin sources of contention. In November 2019, for example, Maradona alluded to his inheritance after his daughter Gianinna expressed concerns about his health on social media.

    "I tell you all that I'm not going to leave anything behind, I'm going to donate it," Maradona said in a video posted to YouTube.

    Under Argentine law, however, a person can only give away a third of their assets in a will, with the rest passed on to their children or spouse.

    Since Maradona does not appear to have left a will, and had no spouse at the time of death, his children should, in theory, receive an equal share of the entire estate.

    "The culture of Argentina is not to draft a will. Most people don't," Mr Joffe said.

    The BBC did contact Maradona's lawyer, Mat?as Morla, to ask about the will and other inheritance issues, but at the time of publication, there had been no reply.

    Without a will, things get a bit technical.

    Maradona's apparent heirs - recognised or not - can file a claim for a share of his inheritance in court nine days after his death on 25 November. Argentine media reports suggest Jana, Maradona's third daughter, was the first to do so on Thursday.

    A judge will then decide "who takes what" before issuing what's known as the declaration of heirs, Sebastian Limeres, a lawyer who specialises in inheritance, told the BBC. This could take months.

    In the meantime, "we can't predict if the heirs are going to get along well", Mr Limeres said.

    After all, you can't choose your family. That, some might say, is decided by the hand of God.



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    Wonder how many other kids are going to come out of the woodwork? I'm going to guess after they all fight over it there's not going to be much to go around.

    Also, JL, clean up your articles-delete all the ads and stuff before you post!

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    MONEY MAN Diego Maradona put forward to be face of new Argentine banknotes with goal against England on other side

    https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premie...notes-england/

    AN Argentine senator has proposed putting an image of the late Diego Maradona on new banknotes.

    The football legend, who led Argentina to 1986 World Cup glory, died two weeks ago at the age of 60.

    And Senator Norma Durango, 68, presented a bill to Congress on Monday, that would see the national hero feature on the 1,000-peso (?9) note, Argentina's highest denomination.

    If the bill is passed, the note would feature Maradona's face on one side.

    And the other would be adorned by a picture of one of his most famous goals.

    According to La Nacion the bill suggests the notes should feature Maradona scoring his wondergoal against England at the 1986 World Cup.

    Senator Durango also suggested putting his image on commemorative stamps.

    She said: "The idea is not just to recognise our most important idol, but also to think of the economic question.

    "We feel that when tourists come here they will want to take a 'Maradona' away with them."

    The note would also feature Maradona's wondergoal against England

    Two of Maradona's most famous goals came in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England.

    The Napoli icon was captain when Argentina won the tournament, scoring his unbelievable solo effort against the Three Lions... as well as 'The Hand of God'.

    Durango said the final decision would be made by lawmakers, who are expected to hear her proposal early next year.

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