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Why Maradona's World Cup Coach Still Doesn't Know He's Dead

Millions of football fans around the world have mourned Diego Maradona's passing, but his 1986 FIFA World Cup-winning coach has not yet been told the sad news – here is why.

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Carlos Bilardo was in charge of the Argentina national team when they famously lifted the World Cup in 1986, with Maradona as captain and Player of the Tournament.

The Albiceleste hero sadly passed away last week Wednesday, but Bilardo has not yet been informed of the news.

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The 82-year-old is not in great condition health-wise, and was recently hospitalised after being diagnosed with a neurological disease called Hakim-Adams syndrome.

His brother told Marca earlier this week that the family is keeping the Maradona news away from Bilardo because they fear it could affect the former coach's health.

They have even cut the cable to his TV in order to prevent him from hearing about the football icon's untimely passing.

Read: Worker Fired After Taking Pic With Maradona's Dead Body

"(Maradona's death) is something that will be four, five or 20 days in the media and that complicates things because Bilardo watches television and many games," Jorge Bilardo said, as quoted by Marca.

"I spoke with (Oscar) Ruggeri and he is going to meet him with two or three other boys (from the 1986 Argentina team) to see how he is. We're going to see how he reacts and what happens.

"Diego meant a lot in his life."

Bilardo later also took "El Pibe de Oro" with him to Spain when he coached Sevilla in the 1992/93 season, and also worked as Argentina's general director when Maradona was in charge of the national team.

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