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Diego Armando Maradona - Life of The Soccer Legend

Updated on July 7, 2011
Diego Armando Maradona in Cuba
Diego Armando Maradona in Cuba

Maradona- The Golden Boy

Considered as one of the best players of all time, Diego Armando Maradona was born in Villa Fiorito,Buenos Aires suburb. He is a son of a laborer, he began playing soccer at very early age and when he was of15 years , he moved to Argentinos Juniors, a first division team.

A year later he was summoned to play for the national team, which was called "El pibe de oro" ("the golden boy").In 1979 Maradona was the captain of the team that won the under-21 world championships. In 1980 he joined was Boca Juniors and two years later at Barcelona, Spain. In 1984 he was hired by Napoli and won two Italian championships in 1986/87 and 1989/90, and the Italian Cup (1987), UEFA Cup (1989) and the Italian Supercup (1990). In the world of Mexico 1986 he led the Argentine team to victory against Germany. At top, Maradona scored the "goal of the century" after dribbling 10 English players.

Diego Maradona's Goal of the Century.

The Best of Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona -Soccer legend

In the 1990 World Cup, he led Argentina to the final, but the team had to settle for second place, losing against Germany. The problem arose when the news of drugs against Maradona went public in 1991 when he was expelled from Naples after failing a doping test. Maradona returned to Spain, playing for Sevilla and then to Argentina to play for Newell's Old Boys.

In the 1994 World Cup, when the anti-doping test found it had used "ephedrine", FIFA banned him from playing for a year. The Argentine team has just defeated in the second round of the tournament for the Romania. After the suspension, Maradona returned to Boca Juniors, where he played until 1997. At 37 years withdrew permanently from football fields. In 2000 he was in a rehabilitation facility in Cuba, where he decided to write his autobiography, "Yo soy el Diego."That same year, was voted best athlete of the century in a poll organized by FIFA on internet.

Maradona's Achievements

On November 10, 2001, Argentina was acclaimed by the crowd in a match with the current stars. In his career, he participated in 692 official games, has 353 goals and won 10 titles:

  • FIFA U-21 (1979)
  •  Boca Juniors (1981)
  •  Barcelona (Copa del Rey, 1983)
  •  World Cup in Mexico (1986 )
  •  Napoli (1987)
  • Italian Cup (1987)
  •  UEFA Cup (1989)
  •  Napoli (1990)
  •  Italian Supercup (1991)
  •  A. Cup Franchi (1993).

Last year, Time magazine chose him as the most influential leader of the planet. Earlier, in late 2009, the daily Le Monde and El Pais reported as the personality of the year.


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    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi Donnacha, Jordan and Ya me,

      Ya, As you all mentioned Maradona was great, but he himself destroyed his position with the use of drugs. Thanks for leaving the comments.

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      Ya me 5 years ago

      He was a good player bt chose drugs over his career

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      Jordan Riley 6 years ago

      Insightful discourse you’ve got. I run out of adjectives

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      Donnacha C 6 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      great hub, what a legend Maradona was. It is an aweful shame that he destroyed his carreer by taking drugs.