Owing to the global pandemic Covid-19, the year 2020 witnessed sports come to a halt besides many other businesses. We take a look back at the famous sports personalities we lost in a year full of chaos and calamity.
Kobe Bryant: Five-time NBA champion, LA Lakers icon, celebrated basketball player Kobe Bryant passed away in a tragic helicopter accident alongside his 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles in January last year. He was 41 at the time. Regarded as one of the greatest players, he was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. In 2018, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2017 film Dear Basketball.
Diego Maradona: Legendary Argentine footballer Diego Maradona passed away in November 2020 at the age of 60 at his home in Tigre. He suffered a heart attack. Argentina’s ‘God’, Diego Armando Maradona became a household name on the planet post his heroics in the World Cup triumph in 1986. A magician with the football, the greatest player of his generation, he left-footed forward went on to play for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, and Newell’s Old Boys as a player. He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday. Post his playing career, he went on to coach Racing Club, Dorados, Gimnasia, and the Argentina national team later.
Paolo Rossi: The Italian football star, he led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot as a top goal scorer, and the Golden Ball for the player of the tournament. Along with Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri, he is Italy’s top scorer in World Cup history, with nine goals overall. Rossi was also awarded the 1982 Ballon d’Or.
Stirling Moss: Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss, a British Formula One racing driver, passed away on 12 April 2020, aged 90, after a long illness. An inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, he won 212 of the 529 races he entered across several categories of competition. Touted as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship,” Moss finished as championship runner-up four times and in third place the other three times in a seven-year span between 1955 and 1961.
Ashley Cooper: Australian tennis player who played between 1953 and 1968, was known as the world’s best amateur player. He passed away in May 2020. Cooper won four singles and four doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments. He won three of the four Grand Slam events in 1958. He turned professional in 1959.