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Maradona: The Golden Legacy of Football’s Eternal Maestro

Diego Maradona, (Image by Daniel Joshua Paul from Pixaby)

Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanus Argentina to a poor family, father worked at a chemical factory who was the first son after four daughters, and had two brothers who were also professional football players.

At a young age, Maradona had skills that were unprecedented for his age, leading to his first professional debut for Argentino juniors on 20 October 1976, 10 days before his 16th birthday. Maradona goes on to spend 5 years at Argentino Juniors from 1976 to 1981, scoring 115 goals in 167 appearances leading to his $4 million move to Argentine giants Boca Juniors on 20 February 1981. After shining in Argentine football, Maradona’s next stop was in Europe where his career was defined by his time in FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli. In 1982, he transferred to Barcelona for a then world-record fee where he showcased remarkable skills and vision on the pitch. Although he dazzled in Barcelona, his time at Napoli, Maradona cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time. During his time at Napoli, Maradona led the club to success, winning two Italian league titles, the European Cup and the Italian Cup.

Diego Maradona ,Napoli (Photo by Jovan Vasiljevic on Unsplash)

On the international level, Maradona cemented his name as an icon in Argentinian football history. He led his nation to four world cups in 1982, 1986, 1990, and 1994. His most memorable World Cup was the 1986 World Cup hosted in Mexico, where he led Argentina to triumph in the competition. Maradona’s famous moment came in this tournament where he scored his trademark goal with this hand which later became known as the “Hand of God” against England. In the 1994 World Cup in the USA, Maradona’s days as a football player were approaching the end. After a game against Greece, he was taken in for a routine doping test where he was sent home due to a failed drug test which was a dark chapter in his career.

After retiring from football, Maradona went on to undertake a coaching career in several teams such as Racing Club in Argentina, The Argentine national team from 2008 to 2010, and Al Wasl in the UAE before wrapping up in 2020 with Gimnasia De La Plata. On 25 November 2020, Diego Maradona suffered cardiac arrest in his sleep causing grief among football fans, but his name is still remembered as the best player in history.

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