Diego Armando Maradona


Dennis Lee
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Diego Armando Maradona

Footballer, born in Lanus, E Argentina. He became Argentina's youngest ever international in 1977, transferred to Boca Juniors for ₤1 million as a teenager, and in 1982 became the world's most expensive footballer when he joined Barcelona for ₤5 million. He broke the record again in 1984 when the Italian club Napoli paid ₤6·9 million for him. He captained Argentina to their second FIFA World Cup win in 1986, having eliminated England in the quarter-finals when he scored a highly controversial goal.

At the height of success, his career then foundered amid accusations of drug-taking. Following a 15-month ban, he returned by popular demand, though without a club, to the World Cup side as captain in 1994, but was again suspended from the team following a positive drug test. He signed for Santos in 1995 and announced his retirement in 1997.

In 2000, he developed a severe heart condition following cocaine use, subsequently moving to Cuba for two years treatment for drug abuse. His health improved by 2005 when he began a new career as a television chat-show host.

The above is in no way to disrespect the superstar Maradona - but he has already globally apologised for is bad conduct... We here at soccer number 10 have forgiven him already and billions worldwide also have done the same!​

Making friends with the ball

Maradona made the ball an early friend and it was his constant companion in the games of street football that taught him how to compete with older and bigger opponents. Despite this toughening process, however, Maradona's physique, or lack of it, almost cost him his career.​

The Argentinos Juniors youth coach, Francis Cornejo, had no doubts about his ability - yet could not believe that the little left-footer was old enough to play for his team. His date of birth duly established, Maradona became the star of the 'Cebollitas' helping them go 136 matches unbeaten. The senior squad beckoned, and on 20 October 1976 the 15-year-old debuted for Argentinos Juniors in the first division against Talleres de Córdoba.
Another 21 seasons, another bow: the final curtain fell on Diego's career after Boca Juniors' 2-1 defeat of River Plate on 29 October 1997.

In the intervening years, Barcelona, Napoli, Seville and Newell's Old Boys had all witnessed the Maradona phenomenon at first hand - a pocket battleship of a player blessed with supreme technique and a magical left foot​


Playing Career

International honors

  • 91 International appearances, 34 goals
  • FIFA World Cup Spainâ„¢ second round
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexicoâ„¢ Champion
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexicoâ„¢ Player of the Tournament
  • 1990 FIFA World Cup Italyâ„¢ runner up
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup USAâ„¢ second round

1976 - 1981 Argentinos Juniors (166 appearances, 116 goals)
1981 - 1982, 1995-1997 Boca Juniors (71 appearances, 35 goals)
1982 - 1984 Barcelona (58 appearances, 38 goals)
1984 - 1991 Napoli (259 appearances, 115 goals)
1992 - 1993 Seville (29 appearances, 7 goals)
1993 - 1994 Newell's Old Boys (5 appearances, 0 goals)

Club honors

1981 Argentine Champion
1987, 1990 Italian Champion
1987 Italian Cup Champion
1989 UEFA Cup Champion
Managerial career

1994 Mandiyú de Corrientes
1995 Racing Club de Avellaneda
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