Diego Maradona's life in pictures from genius on the field to scandal-hit Argentinian legend off it

DIEGO MARADONA has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Argentina.

His death aged 60 comes two weeks after surgery following a bleed on the brain.

Maradona had long-running health battles which followed a stellar career which will see him go down as one of the greatest footballers ever.

He dubbed his infamous 1986 goal the "hand of god" – as he lunged forward and knocked the ball into the back of England's net in a clear handball.

But during the same game he also scored what is widely considered to be one of the best goals of all time.

The legend dribbled from inside his own half, leaving the England side in his wake, before slotting the ball past Peter Shilton.

One of the most gifted football players in history, Maradona's pinnacle of glory came when he captained Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986.

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His career then hit a low point as plunging he was kicked out the 1994 World Cup for doping.

Years of drug use, overeating and alcoholism brought an end to his stellar career – and left him almost dying of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000.

The No. 10 he wore on his jersey became synonymous with him, as it also had with Pele, the Brazilian great with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time.

Here, SunSport looks back at his life and career in pictures.

His death comes two weeks after surgery following a bleed on the brain.

Maradona – who turned 60 last month –  has suffered a long battle with his health forcing him to make numerous trips to hospital in recent months. 

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning in honour of the star, who was a cultural icon and national hero.

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