Argentina World Cup winner Leopoldo Luque dies aged 71

Argentina World Cup winner Leopoldo Luque dies aged 71

Leopoldo Luque, the moustache-sporting striker who was a key a part of the Argentina facet that gained their first World Cup at dwelling in 1978, died on Monday, the Argentine Football Affiliation mentioned.

Luque, who was 71, was hospitalised with COVID-19 over the festive interval and he by no means absolutely recovered, Argentina media reported.

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Luque was an integral member of the 1978 team, scoring 4 targets and forming a part of a swashbuckling assault with Daniel Bertoni and Mario Kempes.

He scored the hosts’ first objective within the 2-1 opening win over Hungary and twice within the infamous 6-Zero win over Peru that took them into the ultimate.

Luque performed all his membership football in Latin America, with spells at Rosario Central, River Plate and Racing, amongst different golf equipment. He additionally performed for Santos in Brazil and Mexican membership Deportivo Tampico.

Luque’s demise comes three months after that of his former teammate Diego Maradona.

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