Maradona is widely regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time.
DOUG MCINTYRE: Hey, everyone. Doug McIntyre, Yahoo Sports soccer writer. And like all of you, just digesting terribly sad news out of Argentina this morning. Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The Argentinian Football Federation confirming that news just a short time ago.
Of course, Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup with perhaps the most dominant individual performance by a single player at one World Cup in history. He was that good in that tournament, and established his lore. Showed off his personality a little bit also in that tournament after scoring a goal with his hand against England. Afterwards, was asked about it and said that it was the hand of God.
But he also scored one of the greatest individual goals you'll ever see in that same game when he picked up the ball midfield, slalomed through England's entire team, and of course, Argentina went on to win the World Cup. A victory that made him a living legend in Argentina. An almost god-like figure.
Revered in that country even more than Lionel Messi, who now most folks consider the greatest player of all time. Maradona was seen as a tragic figure, a sympathetic figure. Also, dealt with a host of problems later in life. Health issues, addiction, obesity. And still managed to put together a respectable coaching career.
He managed Argentina at the 2010 World Cup, and was coaching up until just a few weeks ago with Lanús in the Buenos Aires area before having to be admitted to the hospital to have brain surgery. And unfortunately and sadly, Maradona never recovered from that. Today we learned of his passing. And it's a tremendous loss for soccer fans in Argentina and for soccer fans around the world.