From ruling hearts in Spain and to being considered as a footballing God in Naples, the immortal Argentine Diego Maradona has bid the world adieu. The eternal deity underwent a cardiac arrest on Wednesday, just three weeks after undergoing successful yet crucial brain surgery, earlier this month.
With most of our childhood being based on his and Pele’s recitals — his innumerable devotees, today, surely tend to recall him as a salient warrior — single-handedly taking his nation and club reach the heights of sporting glory, an extraordinary avatar — melting butter-like ankles of defenders and a ruthless goal scorer — making each and every glove panic.
Diego Maradona will forever be regarded as the greatest ever, who graced this beautiful game of football with his amazing dribbles, goals, assists, and his eye-catching life off the pitch.
Let’s glance through his footballing career — from early years to club and country, in admirable quotes made by several players, managers, and football pundits which reflect his talent and greatness.
Sublime Words For A Stellar Soul, Diego Maradona
Here’s what the world has to say about the whizz-kid from the streets of Buenos Aires — the one who went from rags to riches.
“When Diego came to Argentinos Juniors for trials, I was really struck by his talent and couldn’t believe he was only eight years old.”— Francisco Cornejo, youth coach who discovered Maradona
“When Maradona ran with the ball or dribbled through the defense, he seemed to have the ball tied to his boots. We all thought ourselves privileged to be witnesses of his genius.”— Former Barcelona midfielder Lobo Carrasco
“Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona. Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.”
— Lionel Messi, on being closely titled as “New Maradona”
“What can I say about Maradona, the man is a football genius. His solo effort against us was the one and only time in my whole career I felt like applauding the opposition scoring a goal. He showed some amazing individual skill.”— England’s Gary Lineker on “The Goal of the Century”
“Diego, for all Argentinian’s, is God. And he always will be.”— Carlos Tevez
And finally in his own words,
“To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world.”
– Diego Maradona
Thank you for the best 21 years Dieguito, rest in paradise legend.
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