Diego Maradona | The XI must-read articles following his death

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The football world was plunged into mourning on Wednesday at the news that Argentina superstar Diego Maradona had died of a heart attack.

He was 60.

Maradona lived a colourful and controversial life, but there was no questioning his skill on the field on play.

Predictably, social media went into overdrive, as did sporting websites around the world – including The South African!

In case you missed any of the most important news and reaction, here are the starting XI articles you must read:

1. Diego Maradona: Cause of death revealed, as football world left reeling

A flawed genius departs. Aged just 60, Argentine superstar Diego Maradona leaves behind a magnificent legacy of footballing brilliance.

2. RIP Diego Maradona | A divine talent with more than a touch of the devil

Diego Maradona was football’s archetypal troubled genius, a player whose career scaled the most dazzling heights but also plumbed the darkest depths.

3. WATCH | Diego Maradona: 5 of his greatest goals, including ‘Hand of God’ controversy

From stunning free-kicks to winding dribbles, Diego Maradona scored some of the most famous – and thrilling – goals in history.

4. Pele mourns Diego Maradona: ‘I hope we’ll play together in the sky’

Brazilian football great Pele has mourned his fellow Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

5. Maradona madness: South Africa’s first hand experience

South Africa’s first hand experience with the legendary Diego Maradona. From luxury toilet seat demands to teary excursions to GaRankuwa.

6. Death of ‘eternal’ Diego Maradona plunges football world into mourning

The world was plunged into news following confirmation of Diego Maradona’s death.

7. Pele or Diego Maradona: Who’s the greatest of them all?

Pele, the magical Brazilian, or Diego Maradona, the controversial Argentine. Who is the best footballer in history?

8. Watch | Diego Maradona’s warm-up routine remains must-see viewing

Watch as Argentine superstar Diego Maradona warms up for Napoli ahead of their 1989 UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich.

9. Diego Maradona death | Usain Bolt pays tribute to Argentina legend

Jamaican sprinting great Usain Bolt has paid tribute to Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.

10.UEFA confirms a minute’s silence in homage to Diego Maradona before Thursday’s Europa League ties

A minute’s silence will be observed ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League matches as a tribute to Diego Maradona.

11. Diego Maradona: A colourful life in 10 key dates

From his birth in 1960 to his death 60 years later – here are 10 key dates in the colourful life of Diego Maradona.

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