Any episode of great footballers will not be complete without including Diego Maradona, the biggest ‘showman’ of his era. He was also discussed outside the field for his charismatic gaming skills. The controversies with Diego also remained like shadows. He went on to records to records to get rid of his poverty. 1986, he won the FIFA World Cup for Argentina for the very first time.
Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanús on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. He was the fifth child among eight children of very poor parents. Among the shortcomings, the first ball in the gift at the age of three became his life. Giving the ball a gift is still a part of the local tradition. Younger Diego is busy playing with this ball on the street.
Charisma from childhood
At the age of ten, he started playing with the local club Astrolala Rosa. Two years later, Los Cebollitas joined with him after paying a modest amount. Diego just wanted to get rid of poverty. He had been known for his extraordinary game.
But for Diego, it was just a beginning. At the age of 15, he started a professional career with Argentina juniors. He scored 115 goals in 167 matches.
Record agreement with big football clubs
Nominated club Boca Juniors focused on him this time. The club paid a million pounds of good value to him and added to the club. Maradona was selected in the national team next year with a smoky show. In 1982, he got the chance to play his first World Cup, but he scored two goals in five matches. But his team reached the semi-finals. But Maradona was convinced that our team also has the power to become a champion.
Made Argentina Champion Single Handedly:
The 1986 World Cup was completely on Maradona’s name. He was handed over the captaincy of the team and he returned to Argentina aking his country the world champion. He scored five goals and helped in five.
His performance also gave him the Golden Ball Award for Best Player of the Tournament. Not only in his country, the name ‘Diego-Diego’ was echoed throughout the world. Maradona became the most popular figure in that period.
In 1997, he retired from football on his birthday.
The controversial ‘Hand of God’
Maradona’s goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals was disputed. The ball went into the round post from the side elbow. The referee could not see this. It was declared a goal. Maradona termed this goal as God’s favour and called it the ‘Hand of God’.
Some Other Facts:
- In 1982, Barcelona added Maradona at a price of $ 7.6 million.
- Napoli added him paying him $ 10 million it was the record deal at that time.
- He got cocaine addiction in 1980 and imposed the 15 months restriction on getting caught.
- In 1991, the banned drug consumed, Dope was accused.
- In 1994, the suspension took place after taking ephedrine in the World Cup.
- During a FIFA poll, Diego was awarded the greatest footballer of the 20th century, beating down Pelé.
- In the 1986 World Cup, against England, his goal beating 5 players on the field is one of the top five goals of the century.
- Became the national coach of Argentina.