Football legend Diego Maradona is dead.

The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. He was 60 years old.

Maradona had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”

Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, said: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.

“Thank you for having existed, Diego. We’re going to miss you all our lives.”

Maradona was captain of the Argentinian team that won 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

He also led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

On the club level, he played for Barcelona and Napoli, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side. He started his career with Argentinos Juniors, also playing for Sevilla, and Boca Juniors and Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland.

However, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction during the second half of his career and was banned for 15 months after testing positive for the drug in 1991.

He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.

The Argentine legend is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time.