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Photos of Kobe Bryant (L), Diego Maradona (Centre) and Dean Jones (R)(HT Collage)

In memoriam: Remembering sports persons who passed away in 2020

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:17 PM IST
As we bid goodbye to 2020, we remember the passing of several sportspersons, national and international, whose legacies will live on long past a most tragic year.
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The image shows the 6-foot-tall cake.(ANI)
The image shows the 6-foot-tall cake.(ANI)

Tamil Nadu bakery makes 6-foot-tall cake of Diego Maradona

By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 10:00 AM IST
The bakery made the six-foot- tall statue of cake in four days using 60 kg of sugar and 270 eggs.
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Former soccer star Diego Maradona(REUTERS)
Former soccer star Diego Maradona(REUTERS)

Court rules Maradona’s body ‘must be conserved’

By Reuters | BUENOS AIRES
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:48 AM IST
Maradona died of a heart attack last month and was buried on Nov. 26 in a cemetery just outside Buenos Aires.
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Soccer Football - Serie A - Genoa v Juventus - Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy - December 13, 2020 Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Serie A - Genoa v Juventus - Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy - December 13, 2020 Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini(REUTERS)

Under pressure coaches battle to rival Juventus in challenge to Milan

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 10:38 PM IST
The club denied any such meeting had taken place. Three days later, they were rocked by the news of former player Diego Maradona’s death, with the whole city in mourning.
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FILE PHOTO: Former soccer star Diego Maradona balances a ball on his head during a photocall for "Maradona by Kusturica" by Serbian director Emir Kusturica at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Former soccer star Diego Maradona balances a ball on his head during a photocall for "Maradona by Kusturica" by Serbian director Emir Kusturica at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo(REUTERS)

From ex-partners to photographers, Maradona’s fortune has many claimants

By Reuters | BUENOS AIRES
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 06:52 PM IST
“I do not know if they are not hurting sufficiently or if they wanted to be the first in line, but it’s insane because everyone will be able to participate,” said lawyer Mauricio Dalessandro, who worked with Maradona for several years.
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Chairman of the Chemmanur group Bobby Chemmanur said the exact location of the museum was not decided but it will be either in Kolkata or in a city in Kerala. (HT Photo)
Chairman of the Chemmanur group Bobby Chemmanur said the exact location of the museum was not decided but it will be either in Kolkata or in a city in Kerala. (HT Photo)

Diego Maradona museum in India, golden ‘hand of God’ statue star attraction

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 12:14 PM IST
The museum will be a storehouse of information about Diego Maradona, the planners have already started collecting memorabilia related to the soccer legend.
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FIle photo of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona(FILE)
FIle photo of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona(FILE)

Kerala businessman to build museum in memory of Diego Maradona

By Press Trust of India | Kochi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 08:08 PM IST
The museum will blend the aesthetics of art and technology, Boby Chemmanur said.
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Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne lays a bouquet of flowers under a photo of Diego Armando Maradona exposed at the San Paolo stadium.(AP)
Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne lays a bouquet of flowers under a photo of Diego Armando Maradona exposed at the San Paolo stadium.(AP)

Napoli renames stadium in honor of Maradona

By Press Trust of India | Naples
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 10:40 AM IST
The Naples city council unanimously approved the change of name from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi’s tributes to Maradona after scoring was moving and beautiful: La Liga India MD Jose Antonio Cachaza

By Karan Prashant Saxena | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:38 AM IST
In an exclusive conversation with Hindustan Times, La Liga India Managing Director Jose Antonio Cachaza opened up on the influence Maradona had on Spanish football.
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Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi goes for his team’s jersey after paying tribute for late Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona by revealing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey.(Getty Images)
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi goes for his team’s jersey after paying tribute for late Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona by revealing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey.(Getty Images)

Lionel Messi fined 600 euros for tribute to Maradona

By Reuters | Madrid
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 05:22 PM IST
Messi, who was fined 600 euros while his club were fined 180, paid homage to his late compatriot by taking off his Barca shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys shirt belonging to Maradona, a gesture that was praised around the world.
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Naples:Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne lays a bouquet of flowers under a photo of Diego Armando Maradona exposed at the San Paolo stadium, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, prior to the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Roma, in Naples, Italy. AP/PTI Photo(AP30-11-2020_000004A)(AP)
Naples:Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne lays a bouquet of flowers under a photo of Diego Armando Maradona exposed at the San Paolo stadium, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, prior to the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Roma, in Naples, Italy. AP/PTI Photo(AP30-11-2020_000004A)(AP)

Investigators search doctor’s office, probing Maradona death

By Press Trust of India | Buenos Aires
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 02:01 PM IST
Court investigators have been taking declarations from Maradona’s relatives, according to a statement from the San Isidro prosecutor’s office, which is overseeing a probe into the medical attention Maradona received prior to his death on Wednesday.
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File photo of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.(Getty Images)
File photo of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.(Getty Images)

Messi imitated Maradona’s goals and skills but not his lifestyle

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 02:02 PM IST
Argentina’s two iconic players may be contrasting characters but they shared many traits including a bond with Newell’s Old Boys and the Barca captain removed his shirt to reveal the red and black of the Rosario club before pointing to the sky.
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Naples:Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne lays a bouquet of flowers under a photo of Diego Armando Maradona exposed at the San Paolo stadium, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, prior to the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Roma, in Naples, Italy. AP/PTI Photo(AP30-11-2020_000004A)(AP)
Naples:Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne lays a bouquet of flowers under a photo of Diego Armando Maradona exposed at the San Paolo stadium, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, prior to the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Roma, in Naples, Italy. AP/PTI Photo(AP30-11-2020_000004A)(AP)

‘For Diego’: Napoli beat Roma 4-0 amid Maradona tributes

By Associated Press | Milan
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 10:25 AM IST
It was Napoli’s first Serie A game since Maradona died on Wednesday in his native Argentina. Maradona led Napoli to its only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990 and is considered a god-like figure in the southern city.
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Osasuna - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 29, 2020 FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Osasuna - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 29, 2020 FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)

Messi pays tribute to Maradona with shirt of Argentina great

By Associated Press | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 07:28 AM IST
Messi paid tribute on Sunday, when he stripped off his Barcelona top to reveal a shirt honoring Maradona after he scored the final goal in a 4-0 rout of Osasuna.
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal wearing a Newell's Old Boys shirt in reference to former player Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)

Messi pays tribute to Maradona after scoring Barcelona’s final goal against Osasuna - WATCH

By Associated Press | BARCELONA, Spain
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Messi celebrated his powerful strike from outside the box to cap the comfortable victory by taking off Barcelona’s blue-and-burgundy to bare the red-and-black of Maradona’s shirt from his stint at Newell’s Old Boys.
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10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)
10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)

10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to begin your day with and boost self-esteem

By Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 10:54 AM IST
While football world’s OG GOAT might have passed away, Diego Maradona is an ‘unparalleled magician’ like Cristiano Ronaldo called him or as Lionel Messi said ‘the eternal’ and here are 10 inspiring quotes by the Argentina legend that will continue to motivate fans for a million years
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Wolfsburg celebrates. File image.(AP)
Wolfsburg celebrates. File image.(AP)

Wolfsburg beat Bremen 5-3 as Maradona honored in Bundesliga

By Associated Press | Wolfsburg
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 11:15 AM IST
The teams held a moment’s silence for the Argentina great, who died on Wednesday, before producing uncharacteristic efficiency in a show of attacking soccer.
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FILE PHOTO: People walk past a graffiti of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: People walk past a graffiti of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(REUTERS)

Shirt worn by Maradona when he scored ‘Hand Of God’ goal can be yours. Can you guess for how much?

By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:56 AM IST
The shirt is currently on display at England’s National Football Museum in Manchester.
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People mourn the death of Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona.(Reuters)
People mourn the death of Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona.(Reuters)

‘Adios Diego’: Maradona buried as world mourns flawed football great

By Reuters | BUENOS AIRES
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 08:54 AM IST
In a day of high emotion, the World Cup winner was taken by hearse late on Thursday to the Bella Vista cemetery on the outskirts of Buenos Aires - where his parents are also interred - for an small private ceremony of his family and close friends.
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Maradona is escorted out of a courthouse amid charges that he shot and injured journalists outside his home in 1994. “Whatever good I may do, they will still remember me for the bad I’ve done,” he once said.(Reuters)
Maradona is escorted out of a courthouse amid charges that he shot and injured journalists outside his home in 1994. “Whatever good I may do, they will still remember me for the bad I’ve done,” he once said.(Reuters)

I made mistakes, and I paid for them. But the ball is still pure: Maradona the antagonist

By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer) | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 12:02 PM IST
The cameras caught him in all avatars between saint and sinner, in all ages between old and young, in all sizes between fat and fit and in all emotions between darling and deplorable. But one trait remained a constant for the gaze of the ever-present lens in his life – his loneliness.
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Workers install a banner with the image of Diego Maradona at the Norberto Tomaghello stadium before a Copa Sudamericana Soccer match between Argentina's Defensa y Justicia and Brazil's Vasco Da Gama in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title died from a heart attack at his home Wednesday, at the age of 60. (Daniel Jayo/Pool via AP )(AP)
Workers install a banner with the image of Diego Maradona at the Norberto Tomaghello stadium before a Copa Sudamericana Soccer match between Argentina's Defensa y Justicia and Brazil's Vasco Da Gama in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title died from a heart attack at his home Wednesday, at the age of 60. (Daniel Jayo/Pool via AP )(AP)

Brazilians mourn death of Argentinian archrival Maradona

By Associated Press | SAO PAULO
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 11:17 AM IST
Brazilian newspapers that only put sports in their top headline when the national team wins a World Cup had Maradona’s death in that position Thursday.
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Diego Maradona tackles the ball past a defender.(Getty Images)
Diego Maradona tackles the ball past a defender.(Getty Images)

Nothing ‘Gentile’ about tackles on Maradona

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:55 AM IST
Like all ball players before 1998, Maradona was kicked and brutalised by opponents for which now they would have been booked, ejected, given long suspensions, often all three.
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Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia(Twitter)
Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia(Twitter)

‘Childhood hero’ Maradona inspired me to take up football: Bhutia

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 08:33 PM IST
Paying his tribute to Maradona, who died at the age of 60 in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night following a cardiac arrest, Bhutia said from young age he always aspired to play like the football legend.
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FILE PHOTO: Diego Maradona.(Action Images)
FILE PHOTO: Diego Maradona.(Action Images)

‘It is inexplicable’: Maradona lawyer slams ‘criminal idiocy’ over emergency response; demands probe

By Reuters | BUENOS AIRES
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 08:17 PM IST
Maradona, 60, died on Wednesday at his Tigre home in the north of Buenos Aires after suffering heart failure. The former footballer had various health problems and weeks ago he had undergone surgery for a blood clot in his head.
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There are only a few sporting icons who become not the product of a generation but the very definition of it(REUTERS)
There are only a few sporting icons who become not the product of a generation but the very definition of it(REUTERS)

The life and legacy of Diego Maradona | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:55 PM IST
Maradona almost single-handedly introduced the joy of sport to a larger world audience at the dawn of the era of live television
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Argentina's Diego Maradona scores 1st goal with his Hand of God, past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.(Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
Argentina's Diego Maradona scores 1st goal with his Hand of God, past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.(Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

Maradona cleverly disguised ‘Hand of God’ goal, says Shilton

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Maradona died aged 60 after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, less than a month after his 60th birthday.
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Amul paid tribute to Diego Maradona in theie own creative way.(Twitter/@Amul_Coop)
Amul paid tribute to Diego Maradona in theie own creative way.(Twitter/@Amul_Coop)

‘The foot of God’: Amul pays tribute to Diego Maradona

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:09 PM IST
“Tribute to one of the greatest footballers of all time!” Amul tweeted.
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Photo of Napoli stadium(Twitter)
Photo of Napoli stadium(Twitter)

Move over St. Paul: Napoli stadium to be named for Maradona

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 06:11 PM IST
The move comes with the city in mourning for the soccer great, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60, two weeks after being released from a hospital in Buenos Aires following brain surgery.
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Argentine Socer legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop in private school in North 24 Parganas dist , India on december 12, 2017.(Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
Argentine Socer legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop in private school in North 24 Parganas dist , India on december 12, 2017.(Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)

‘The moment Maradona saw it, he refused to cut it’: IM Vijayan narrates story of Diego’s visit to Kerala

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 04:35 PM IST
One and a half decades of international football, with plenty of success, almost paled in comparison to the few minutes Vijayan got to spend with Maradona.
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File photo: Diego Maradona.
File photo: Diego Maradona.

Kerala mourns demise of legendary footballer Diego Maradona, to observe 2-day mourning

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 04:09 PM IST
Maradona visited Kerala in 2012 and celebrated his 52nd birthday in north Kerala’s Kannur.
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