By SMN Reporter
ARGENTINA|SHIFTMEDIA| Argentina has declared three days of mourning for fallen soccer legend Diego Almando Maradona.
The legend died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday as he recovered from surgery for a blood clot on the brain.
Argentina president, Alberto Fernandez, told the press that he was “incredibly sad’ before declared three days of official mourning of the passing of the World Cup winner.
“I was working with [Santiago] Cafiero [the head of the cabinet] when they told me. I can’t believe it. I’m distraught. It’s the worst news an Argentina fan could receive. We loved him. I’m trying to talk to his family. We’ll see. There is so much sadness,” said the president.
The presidential decree announcing the official period of mourning will be published in the State’s Official Bulletin, to be followed by tributes all over the country to what many consider to be Argentina’s greatest player of all time.
State Funeral for Maradona
The official residence of the president, the Casa Rosada, is to be made available for the family of Maradona, in order to organise a state funeral for the player.
Seven presidents of the nation have received a state funeral at the Casa Rosada: Bartolomé Mitre in 1906, Manuel Quintana, Carlos Pellegrini, Roque Sáenz Peña, Julio Argentino Roca, Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear and most recently Néstor Kirchner in 2010.
Maradona is most remembered for steering Argentina into the World Cup champs as a captain during the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico.
Maradona emerged as a youngster at Argentinos Juniors where he made his professional debut aged 15 before moving to Boca Juniors. Blessed with electric pace and an otherworldly mastery of the ball, Maradona swiftly asserted himself as one of the finest players of his generation. A world-record move to Barcelona confirmed his value but it was at Napoli where the Cosmic Barrel would be elevated to the status of a god.
Maradona led his country to the 1986 World Cup, scoring arguably his two most famous goals in a single game against England. He would attribute the first to the hand of God, but the second was entirely the work of the boot of Maradona, a footballing deity floating across the pitch of the Azteca Stadium oblivious to the flailing legs of mere mortals.