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Diego Maradona: Career, Statistics, and Controversies

Diego Maradona, aged 60, the former legendary Argentine footballer, had his last breath on Wednesday night (25-11-2020). He suffered a heart attack yesterday night at his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He is well known about his “Hand of God” goal that he scored against England way back in 1986 World Cup Quarter final.

Diego Maradona as a wonderful player with gifted talent on the pitch:

Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30th October 1960 in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province. He had the nickname of El Pibe de Oro (The Golden Kid) during his childhood days.

On 20 October 1976, he made his professional debut just 10 days before his 16th birthday for Argentinos Juniors, against Talleres de Cordoba. He scored 115 goals in 167 matches for his first club.

He spent 5 years there and then moved to Boca Juniors in 1981, where he scored 28 goals in 40 matches.

FC Barcelona bought him by a then world-record fee of €5 million, following the 1982 World Cup.

During his two injury-hit years at Barcelona, he managed to score 38 goals in 58 matches. Then he moved to Napoli for another world record fee of £6.9 million.

In Naples, he played for 7 years from 1984 to 1991 and could achieve most of his accomplishments during this stint. He scored 115 goals in 259 matches for Gli Azzurri.

He then further played for Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys and Boca Juniors, where he ended his playing career.

For La Albiceleste(Argentina), he scored 34 goals in 91 appearances and played in four World Cups, winning the 1986 World Cup.

Not a good record off the pitch?

Many controversies haunted Maradona and one of them was the drug controversy.

Rather than being an excellent player, he was more of a party animal. He had an addiction to drugs and also developed bad habits of smoking and drinking.

Obesity was another concern for his deteriorating health. According to the New York Post, Maradona took the help of the Camorra – a dangerous mafia crew – who offered him protection in Naples. He even had multiple affairs.

The fame started to cross the limits and then the arrest in January 1991. He had been arrested for cocaine possession and also got a 15-month ban from football.

A maniac celebration in the match against Greece in the 1994 World Cup showed him positive results for ephedrine – a performance-enhancing drug banned by FIFA.

He even received two-year imprisonment in February 1994 after shooting at journalists with an air rifle. He had cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000.

Diego Maradona, a not-so successful manager:

After many controversies and lack of fitness, Maradona returned as a Coach.

He managed teams like Textil Mandiyu, Racing Club, Argentina, Al Wasl FC, Deportivo Riestra (assistant), Fujairah, Dorados de Sinaloa, and Gimnasia de La Plata. However, he could not achieve greater heights.

He then managed Argentina national team from 2008, Under his guidance, Argentina lost 6-1 to Bolivia, his first defeat as a manager. He also was banned once again after an abusive talk to the media.

After his two-month ban, Argentina lost 4-0 to Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Another Argentine living legend Lionel Messi quoted,

“A very sad day for all Argentinians and for football. He has left us but he isn’t going anywhere because Diego is eternal. I’ll remember the lovely moments I experienced with him and I send my condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace”

– Lionel Messi via on Diego Maradona

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