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Jul 19, 2022

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“Hasta siempre, Diego” – Argentina great Maradona dies aged 60maradona died

Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, the Argentine Football Association has announced. The Argentina World Cup winner and the national team’s former manager had been in hospital in Buenos Aires after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain earlier this month.According to Argentine newspaper Clarín, Maradona died of cardiac arrest.

The AFA said on Twitter: “The Argentine Football Association, through its president Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and was the inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986. He also led the country to the final of the 1990 tournament in Italy and managed them in South Africa in 2010.

The combustible Argentinian was loathed by a nation for the ‘Hand of God’ in Mexico City but adored by the world for his moment of genius just four minutes later. Maradona – a fiery, indomitable personality, a man so drastically different in his world view from Brazil’s beloved Pelé – was an unstoppable force on his course to reaching the very top of the game. But, after winning the World Cup in 1986, his fall from grace was swift, bizarre and, like the man himself, totally unpredictable.

Born on October 30, 1960, the son of a boatman from Villa Fiorito, Buenos Aires, he kicked off his prolific career with Argentinos Juniors’ youth team, ‘Los Cebollitas’. And he soon started planning what would be his immortalising performance at the Azteca, in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final win over England. In his autobiography Maradona gloated about first getting away with the ‘Hand of God’ – “You’re trying to reach the ball and the hand moves independently,” he wrote – in the early seventies. Later in the decade a referee warned him not to try it again, but the ever-rebellious ‘Pibe de Oro’, or Golden Boy, who had 100 goals under his belt by the age of 19, could not make that promise.

Maradona tried over and over to pull off what would become his famous second goal: with Argentinos, then at Boca Juniors after manipulating their city rivals River Plate to get a better deal at La Bombonera, and then repeatedly with Argentina. When the weaving, inventive and lethal number 10 played at Wembley in May 1980, Ray Clemence stood firm after Maradona had dribbled past the entire England defence with his sights trained on goal.

1976 to 1997: Diego Maradona’s career in pictures Argentinos Juniors | 1976 to 1981 &copyimago images

Maradona debuted aged 15 in the first Argentine division and aged 16 he made his debut for the national team.


Boca Juniors | 1981 to 1982 &copyimago images

Boca signed him in February 1981 for what would be today just €1.25m from his academy club.


FC Barcelona | 1982 to 1984 &copyimago images

Then Barcelona broke the world record for the highest transfer fee by paying what would be today €8m.


SSC Napoli | 1984 to 1991 &copyimago images

After two years at Barça he moved on to Napoli. The fee of €7m paid great dividends for the club.


World Cup 1986: Maradona at the peak of his career &copyimago images

“The hand of god” brought Argentina the lead over England in the quarterfinals.


World Cup 1986: Final victory over Germany &copyGetty Images

With five goals and five assists, Maradona became the best footballer on the planet.


SSC Napoli | 1984 to 1991 &copyimago images

He also led Napoli to the club’s only two Scudettos (1987 & 1990) and won the Italian Cup (1987) and the UEFA Cup (1989). Maradona scored 115 goals in 257 games.


World Cup 1990: Maradona’s most bitter defeat &copyimago images

This time Maradona had to watch others celebrate. Germany ended up winning the World Cup final in Rome 1-0.


FC Sevilla | 1992 to 1993 &copyimago images

In 1991 FIFA banned Maradona for drug possession for 15 months. After the ban was lifted he joined Sevilla. After five goals in 26 games he returned to Argentina.


Newell’s Old Boys | 1993 to 1994 &copyimago images

After 12 years abroad he returned to Argentina and signed for Newell’s Old Boys. There he wanted to prepare himself for the 1994 World Cup.


World Cup 1994: Second doping ban &copyimago images

He lost 10 kg and was in phenomenal form but once again was stopped by himself. Tested positive for doping he was banned for 15 months. Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16.


Boca Juniors | 1995 to 1997 &copyimago images

After the second ban expired he once again joined Boca Juniors. Once again he was threatened with a ban for cocaine consumption. Instead he announced the end of his career on Oct. 30, 1997—the date of his 37th birthday. It was the end of one of the most storied careers in world football.


Maradona’s titles and triumphs &copyimago images

World Cup (1986), U20-World Cup (1979), Italian champion (1987, 1990), UEFA-Cup (1989), Spanish Cup (1983), Argentine champion (1981) | South America’s footballer of the year (1979, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992), best player of the 1986 World Cup.


Recalling how his little brother Hugo had later pulled him up on his mistake of blasting wide, Maradona said: “At the World Cup in Mexico I remembered his advice.” Spurred on by the ‘bronca’ – his own made-up word for angry resentment – caused by his omission from the 1978 squad and Argentina’s limp showing in Spain in 1982, Maradona was a man possessed in Mexico.

Maradona would captain Argentina to another World Cup final in 1990, but injuries hampered his own performances and he wept on television after West Germany deposed his countrymen in Rome. Down the road in Naples he was already a working-class hero, the firebrand who had transformed an average second-division Napoli side into the two-time champions of Italy by 1990. The titles were “for the people, for the workers”, and Maradona took great pleasure in trumping the genteel Michel Platini of star-studded Juventus.

Stats Diego Maradona D. Maradona Attacking Midfield SSC Napoli SSC Napoli Career stats–
All competitions Games 256 Goals 114 Assists 61

But Maradona’s personal demons – a cocaine problem, tax issues and alleged ties to crime syndicates – saw him tumble into disgrace and he was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup after a positive drugs test, ending his international career.

He was for many a shock appointment as Argentina coach in 2008 but, despite a confrontational approach to media duties, he led the nation to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa, stepping down after their heavy 4-0 defeat to Germany. A number of short-lived managerial stints in the Middle East and South America followed. Maradona is survived by his daughters Dalma and Gianinna, who was previously married to Sergio Agüero, son Diego and ex-wife Claudia Villafane.

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“Hasta siempre, Diego” – Argentina great Maradona dies aged 60