Argentine 1986 soccer World Cup-winning defender Jose Luis Cuciuffo died after being shot in a hunting accident, Argentine newspapers reported yesterday. He was 43.

Cuciuffo, a central defender in a side captained by Diego Maradona which won the 1986 tournament in Mexico, was wounded in the stomach while hunting in southern Buenos Aires province. He died in hospital.

He played in the Argentine first division for Talleres, in his home city of Cordoba, Velez Sarsfield and Boca Juniors and for French clubs Nimes and Reims.