Maradona: ‘Football has lost one of its best,’ Says Nigeria Sports Minister

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 13: Argentina player Diego Maradona (c) takes on the Belguim defence during the 1982 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Belguim at the Nou Camp stadium on June 13, 1982 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Steve Powell/Allsport/Getty Images)

Sports Minister, Sunday Dare while condoling with Diego Maradona’s family, friends and professional colleagues over his death described Diego as a cut above the rest in his football skills, exploits on the field of play and continued love for the game until his death.

The honourable minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare also joined the rest of the world to celebrate the great football icon, Diego Maradona who passed away on Wednesday after suffering from cardiac arrest. He described him as a bundle of talents and a great asset to football development while he lived.

“Diego was a beauty to behold in the round leather game. He paved a formidable track for many footballers both retired and active with his dazzling skills and sense of creativity during his playing days.

“He was a phenomenal, a rare gem of the round leather game . Diego Armando Maradona will remain one of the greats. No doubt, football and the entire world of sports have lost one of its greatest resourceful and enigmatic players”.

Diego passed away after suffering a Cardiac arrest at the age of 60. He captained Argentina to the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and ended his international career with 91 caps and 34 goals. He is one of the best that has ever played the game of football. Maradona ventured into coaching after his active time as a player.

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