Honorary President of the Russian Football Union, Vyacheslav Koloskov, has expressed condolences over the passing of Argentine icon Diego Maradona
MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 26th November, 2020) Honorary President of the Russian Football Union, Vyacheslav Koloskov, has expressed condolences over the passing of Argentine icon Diego Maradona.
"Maradona was not only a remarkable but a genius footballer... this is a big loss for world football. One can only regret that such a unique figure, who means so much to football, has passed away. I express my condolences to his family, his close ones and all those who idolized Maradona," Koloskov told Sputnik over the phone.
"To our great regret, the person who embodied football as an art form has left us. The entire world community, not only the sports community, today expresses condolences to family and friends. He was a living legend who turned football into art," Gassaev told Sputnik.
The boisterous Argentine attained a legendary status at all three clubs where he played, Boca Juniors, Barcelona and most notably Napoli. He will perhaps be best remembered for his victorious 1986 World Cup campaign in Mexico, in the semi-final match-up against England, which is regarded by many as the most brilliant and controversial individual performance in history.
Maradona's career and subsequent life after retirement was similarly riddled with controversy, with his alternation between drug and alcohol abuse forcing him to attend rehab on several occasions culminating in his disqualification for the 1994 World Cup. After announcing complete recovery from his addiction problems in the mid-2000s, Maradona embarked on a coaching career that was nowhere as successful as his playing days, highlighted by an Argentina national team stint 2008-2010 that ended with a World Cup defeat against Germany.
A memorial ceremony for the icon is set to be held in the Argentinian presidential palace Thursday and is expected to draw over one million people.