The greatest footballer of his generation suffered a cardiac arrest at a home in Tigre, Argentina. Foreign Media reported that Maradona had been recuperating from the removal of a blood clot on the brain.
Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. In the 1986 World Cup quarter final, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England that entered football history for two different reasons. The first goal was an unpenalized handling foul known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players, voted "Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.
A national hero in his home country, Maradona also captained Argentina to the 1990 World Cup final in defence of their title, losing to West Germany. Domestically, he won two Series A titles with Napoli, including a league and cup double in 1987, as well as the UEFA Cup, his only European trophy.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, and by many as the greatest ever. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.
An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5 million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9 million.