Diego Maradona

Written by Sebastien on 03 March 2013. Posted in World Cup Legends

Diego Maradona is just a name that no football fan would ever forget. He was born in Lanus, Argentina on 30th October 1960. He was playing as attacking midfielder and also as second striker. He started his professional career with Argentinos Juniors before playing for Boca Juniors and Barcelona. His transfer to Barcelona in 1982 was a world record transfer fee (£5.000.000) but Maradona wrote History while playing for Napoli, leading his team to the top of Europe, winning Uefa Cup in 1989.

Maradona is considered the greatest football player ever by many people all over the world. He shared the honor of being announced as the greatest footballer of the 20th century, with Pele. Apart from his club career, he also made 91 appearances with the Argentina National Team, scoring 34 goals. After retiring as a football player, he followed a career as a first team coach for the Mandiyu de Corrientes, the Racing Club, the AI Wasl and finally the Argentina National Team.

Diego Maradona’s World Cup career is huge. He scored two goals (the one of them was the "Hand of God") against England in the 1986 World Cup; both goals became unforgettable for football fans. His second goal against England was voted by FIFA as the goal of the century in 2002. He has played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, helping Argentina reach the top of the world in 1986. Maradona was the leader of his team to the finals once again in World Cup 1990 but defeated to be only a runner up. In 1994, he was eliminated for drug use. He participated in two matches (scoring a goal against Greece) but was out of the game at all.  

It is really hard to list all the honors and awards that Diego awarded throughout his career. He received the award of World Player of the Year in 1979; he was voted as Best Footballer in the World by FIFA, won the FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball 1990; the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1986; FIFA World Cup Silver Boot in 1986; FIFA player of the century 2000 and many more.
Diego Maradona is a living legend of the football world and he will remain one of the best, if not the best, players of all times.


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