By Yasir Mungani
The world of sports has experienced much loss and grief this year. The year greeted us with the death of one legend, and bid us farewell with the death of another. Both Kobe and Maradona were retirees, so they’ve lived their lives playing, but they had much more to offer. They also were husbands, brothers, fathers, and most importantly, inspirations.
The top scorer was announced dead two weeks after his brain surgery in the city of Buenos Aires according to his spokesperson Sebastián Sanchi. Many of Maradona’s fans were aware of his troubled past, his struggles with drugs.
Diego Maradona was an Argentine futbol player, or as many of you know it, soccer player. He is most known for being one of the best players to have ever graced the field. Argentina not only gifted us with Diego but also Lionel Messi, who is arguably the best player, record holder, and award winner of our time. Another thing the two have in common would be the fact that they both can say, “I have played for Barcelona.”
Yes, you heard that right both Diego and Messi have marked their influence on the international team of Argentina, and Barcelona futbol club, and continue to do so.
Diego himself was quite the award winner in his prime. His notorious goal, which was scored against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals which coined him the phrase “Hand of God” after the English team argued he punched the ball into the net, rather than it bouncing off his head.
Many took it to social media to honor and tribute the late legend. Lionel Messi captioned “Hasta siempre, Diego,” a side by side by side image of him and Maradona doing the same hand gesture whilst wearing the same jersey. It has been a hard couple of weeks for futbol.