SANTIAGO – Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona died of a heart attack at age 60 this Wednesday, Nov. 25. His football legacy is immortal. This beloved player also left his mark on Chile.
Small in stature but larger than life, Argentina’s beloved superstar football player, Diego Armando Maradona, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, after suffering a heart attack. It has been a week of mourning for football fans around the world.
Widely considered to be the best football player in history, it is no surprise that Maradona left his mark on Chile, too.
Maradona first appeared on a Chilean pitch 40 years ago. He was a fresh, 19-year-old kid playing for the Argentinos Juniors. On that occasion in 1980, he and his team faced off against Colo-Colo at the Estadio Nacional. The game ended with a 3-2 victory for the national squad, and Maradona took a strong kick that landed him in a Santiago hospital for the rest of the game, but not before he scored the first goal of the match and his magic caught everyone’s attention.
In later matches, the Chilean teams often seemed to get the best of Maradona, but he was always a welcomed sight on the field.
His final visit to Chile as a player was in 2006, at the San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium, where we donned a Universidad Católica jersey and played against the Chilean national team in a friendly match – an event that, unquestionably, remains a great memory for Chileans who witnessed it.