The Argentine Football Association has also confirmed the passing of the enigmatic football talent known for his famous “Hand of God” trick goal in the 1986 World Cup.
“The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts,” Argentina’s FA tweeted.
His fellow Argentina Football sensation, Lionel Messi posted on his Facebook: “A very sad day for Argentines and football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I take all the cute moments lived with him and wanted to take advantage to send condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”
Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, as he shares that glory with “Pele”, another football talent from Brazil.
Maradona became a household name after inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 1986.
He failed a drug test in 1991 and received a 15-month ban from the game.
A nomadic managerial career has followed his playing years, taking him from Argentina, to Mexico and to the United Arab Emirates. Most recently, he coached Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina.
Earlier this month, Maradona underwent successful surgery for a subdural hematoma — more commonly known as a blood clot on the brain.
It is however unclear if the condition had anything to do with his death.
Tributes have flooded in with former clubs and players past and present paying their respects.
Pelé, a legend of the game, tweeted: “I have lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to his family members. One day, I hope, we will play football together in heaven.”