Diego Armando Maradona (30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020) was an Argentine football player and manager. He was nicknamed El Diez, Pelusa, El Diego and El Pibe de Oro (The Golden Boy). He is widely regarded as one of the best footballers ever, and many people compare him to Brazilian legend Pelé. They were both winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th century award.
Maradona as manager of Al-Wasl in May 2012
|Full name||Diego Armando Maradona[upper-alpha 1]|
|Date of birth||30 October 1960|
|Place of birth||Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Date of death||25 November 2020(aged 60)|
|Place of death||Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|1993–1994||Newell's Old Boys||5||(0)|
|2013–2017||Deportivo Riestra (assistant)|
|2018–2019||Dorados de Sinaloa|
|2019–2020||Gimnasia de La Plata|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Maradona made his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors in 1976 a week before his 16th birthday, and scored his first goal two weeks after turning 16. In 1981, he transferred to Boca Juniors, and won the league title with them that same year. His performances at the 1982 FIFA World Cup attracted the interest of FC Barcelona, and they signed him shortly after the tournament.
In the 1984 Copa Del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, Maradona was involved in a fight with several other Bilbao players. During the game, Bilbao player Andoni Goikoetxea made a rough tackle on Maradona, and Bilbao fans insulted Maradona and his family. This made him angry, and when he was provoked by Miguel Sola with an insult at the end of the match, which Barca lost 1-0, Maradona lost control and became furious. He headbuttied Sola, kneed Bilbao's goalie in the head, elbowed another one in the face, and kicked and punched other players as well. This ended up being his last game with the Catalan club.
He is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. At age 25, Diego Maradona was the main figure of Argentina's drive to its 1986 World Cup. His great skill and moves reserved him a spot in soccer history and as one of the best players. Once he controlled the ball for more than half of the entire field, beating English defenders, he kicked the ball off his left leg into the net, juking out the goalkeeper. The World Cup made Maradona the most famous soccer player after Pele from Brazil. Even the British named him "athlete of the decade."
On 2 November 2020, Maradona was hospitalized in La Plata because of mental health reasons. A day later, he had emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma. He was released on 12 November after successful surgery.
Club career statisticsEdit
|Argentinos Juniors||1976||Primera División||11||2||–||–||–||11||2|
|Boca Juniors||1981||Primera División||40||28||–||–||–||40||28|
|Newell's Old Boys||1993–94||Primera División||5||0||–||–||–||5||0|
- Appearances in the 1982–83 Copa del Rey
- Appearances in the 1982–83 European Cup Winners' Cup
- Appearances in the 1983 Copa de la Liga
- Appearances in the 1983–84 Copa del Rey
- Appearances in the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup
- Appearances in the 1984–85 Coppa Italia
- Appearances in the 1985–86 Coppa Italia
- Appearances in the 1986–87 Coppa Italia
- Appearances in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup
- Appearances in the 1987–88 Coppa Italia
- Appearances in the 1987–88 European Cup
- Appearances in the 1988–89 Coppa Italia
- Appearances in the 1988–89 UEFA Cup
- Appearances in the 1989–90 Coppa Italia
- Appearances in the 1989–90 UEFA Cup
- Appearances in the 1990–91 Coppa Italia
- Appearances in the 1990–91 European Cup
- Appearance in the 1990 Supercoppa Italiana
- Appearances in the 1992–93 Copa del Rey
- Appearance in the 1997 Supercopa Libertadores
International career statisticsEdit
|Argentina national team|
- According to FC Barcelona's official website, his surname is the single "Maradona", in accordance with Argentine customs.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diego Maradona.|
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- CNN, Tatiana Arias and Hugo Correa. "Diego Maradona discharged from clinic following successful brain surgery". CNN. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
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- De Calò, Alessandro (2011). Il calcio di Maradona ai raggi X (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. pp. 94–95.
- "Diego Armando Maradona – Goals in Argentina League". RSSSF.
- "Diego Armando Maradona - International Appearances". www.rsssf.com.