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Diego Maradona: A Legend by the Numbers

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Diego Maradona, one of the world’s most iconic soccer players, has died at the age of 60. Big sports personalities like Pele, Neymar, Sachin Tendulkar, Lionel Messi and others took to social media to offer their condolences.

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“What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend," soccer star Pele tweeted. "One day, I hope we can play football together in the sky.”

Maradona had an incredible soccer career. One of his many notable achievements was the 1986 World Cup, when he helped Argentina win the trophy. 

His popularity was at its peak during 1980s. That was the time when he became the first player to set the world record transfer fee twice in the soccer world.

In 1982, Maradona was transferred from Boca Juniors in Argentina to Barcelona in Spain for a record-breaking $7.6 million. In 1984, Maradona was transferred to Napoli, Italy from Barcelona for a record-breaking $10.48 million.

After the world victory in 1986, he became a global icon, which attracted many brands such as Puma  (PUMA) , Coca-Cola  (KO) - Get Coca-Cola Company Report and more to be part of his fame.

In this social media age, he also has a huge fan following. A frequent user of Facebook  (FB) - Get Meta Platforms Inc. Class A Report, he has more than 10 million Facebook followers and more than 6 million Instagram followers. Interestingly, he never had a Twitter  (TWTR) - Get Twitter, Inc. Report account. 

"Football and the world of sports has lost one of its greatest players today. Rest in Peace Diego Maradona! You shall be missed," tweeted Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.

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