Sabella: Messi Pays Tribute To Argentina's World Cup 2014 Coach

Sabella: Messi Pays Tribute To Argentina's World Cup 2014 Coach

- Alejandro Sabella has died from complications related to a heart attack and Lionel Messi has paid tribute to him

- The 66-year-old led Argentina to their second defeat at the World cup finals in 2014

- Sabella made Messi captain of the national team during his spell with Albicleste

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Former Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella who led Argentina to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil has died at the age of 66 and Lionel Messi has aid tribute to him.

Argentina lost the finals of the competition to eventual winners Germany after a goal from Mario Gotze's goal separated both sides at extra time.

Sabella led his country to the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil where Argentina were beaten by Germany in extra time.

Alejandro Sabella: Argentina's World Cup 2014 coach passes on at age 66
Alejandro Sabella: Argentina's World Cup 2014 coach passes on at age 66. Photo by Jamie McDonald
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Messi posted on his Instagram:

"It was a pleasure to share so much with you. Alejandro was a great person, as well as being an impressive professional who marked me in my career and I learned a lot from him.
"We lived together some of my best football memories during the World Cup qualifying stage and also at the World Cup. My condolences to all his family and friends."

It is understood that Sabella was rushed to a specialist hospital at the end of last month after suffering 'fluid retention in his legs.

He also contracted a virus and was placed in intensive care in Buenos Aires with reports in Argentina claiming he died of acute heart disease.

Sabella played together in the national team with the late Diego Maradona in the 80's and also had a brief spell with English sides including Leeds and Sheffield United.

Sabella started his career with River plate and returned to Argentina and signed for Estudiantes during the tail-end of his career.

His coaching career started with Estudiantes in 2009 where he won the Copa Libertadores, the South American version in the Champions League.

He was named as the new manager of Argentina and led them to the finals played at the Maracana in 2014.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Diego Maradona was left with almost nothing in his bank account, according to Argentine journalist Luis Ventura.

The football icon lavished his money on his excessive lifestyle and had some of it stolen by people who took advantage of him, reports in Italy claim.

The 1986 World Cup hero had huge endorsements with Puma and also got £15million annually for being president of Dynamo Brest in Belarus and his coaching spells in the Middle East. had earlier reported that Curtains fell on Diego Maradona on Wednesday, November 25, after he suffered a cardiac arrest, with his death being confirmed by Argentine FA through the federation's president Claudio Tapia.

Maradona's death came just days after he was discharged from hospital following a successful brain surgery.

The 60-year-old enjoyed a glittering football career that spanned to more than two decades, turning out for a number of clubs including Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors.

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