At just 60 years of age, global soccer legend Diego Maradona died Wednesday of a heart attack, just two weeks after being discharged from hospital following brain surgery.
The office of Argentina's president says it will decree three days of national mourning, while current and past football stars sent in floods of tributes to the legend of the sport.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi called it "a very sad day for all Argentines and for football".
Captivating fans during an over two-decade career, Maradona's most infamous moment came, when he punched the ball into England's net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, a moment that has since been famously dubbed the "Hand of God".
Argentina subsequently went on to win the 1986 World Cup.
Famously wearing the number 10 jersey, Maradona was often paired as the best of all time with Brazilian legend Pele.
But his greatest rival wasn't Pele, but his addiction to drugs.
He admitted to a heavy cocaine habit first in 1991, and was hospitalized after coming close to death in 2000 and again in 2004 for heart problems caused by years of cocaine abuse.
He once famously said that cocaine was his "toughest rival".
Scoring over 300 professional goals in almost 600 appearances, he was larger than life both on and off the pitch, despite his 165 centimeter stature.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.