Argentine World Cup winner Leopold Luque has died at the age of 71 after he lost the battle with the dreaded Coronavirus. Leopold Luque was famous in the 70s as a moustache-wearing striker especially at the 1978 FIFA World Cup tournament on home soil. Leopold Luque was part of the Argentine squad that led the country to a first World Cup title at the 1978 edition held in Argentina. His death was announced by the Argentina Football Association (AFA) on Monday.

Leopold Luque died on Monday as a result of Covid-19. The Argentine media revealed that Luque had been hospitalised since the festive period because of Covid-19 and that he never fully recovered until his death this week.

Leopold Luque would have been looking forward to seeing Lionel Messi and his Argentine national teammates at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar but this would no longer be possible. Argentina are on the right track as far as qualification for the World Cup 2022 tournament is concerned. They have made a great start in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the South American section after three wins and one draw from the four games played. They are in second place and two points behind leaders Brazil on the standings. To this effect, Argentina are on course to qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Argentina World Cup hero Luque scored four goals for his country at the 1978 FIFA World Cup tournament on home soil. He was part of the deadly attacking trio alongside Daniel Bertoniand Mario Kempes.Leopold Luque scored the opening goal of that tournament for the hosts in the 2-1 win over Hungary and also netted twice in the 6-0 win over Peru to lead his team into the final. His death comes three months after the great Diego Armando Maradona.