Early life and career
Diego Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in the city of Lanús, in Greater Buenos Aires. Diego’s parents were working-class Peronists who had immigrated to Argentina from the northwestern Italian region of Liguria. he had four siblings: three sisters, Claudia, Alejandra, and Dalma, and a brother, Hugo.
Diego Maradona is born in 1960 in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires
Diego Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanús, Argentina. One of eight children born to a working-class family, he began playing organized soccer at age 8.
In 1976, he joined the Buenos Aires youth club Argentinos Juniors. The following year, at age 16, Maradona made his first-team debut with Argentinos Juniors. He quickly became one of the most popular athletes in Argentina. In 1979, he helped lead Argentinos Juniors to the championship of Argentina’s premier soccer league.
Maradona joins the local Argentinos Juniors team at the age of 10
Diego Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in the city of Lanús, Argentina. One of eight children born to a poor family, he began playing organized soccer at age seven. At ten he became the youngest player ever signed by a major Argentine club.
In 1976, Maradona joined the first-division club Boca Juniors. The following year he helped Argentina win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. In 1979, at age 18, he played in his first FIFA World Cup, held in Chile; Argentina reached the final but lost to host nation Chile 3-1. The following year Maradona moved to European football powerhouse FC Barcelona for a then-world-record fee of $4 million.
Maradona makes his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors at the age of 16
In 1976, Maradona made his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors. Maradona scored his first goal in a 3–1 victory over Sweden in the first-round group stage, which helped Argentina advance to the second round where they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final.
The Hand of God
Diego Maradona was one of the most iconic footballers of his generation. He was a true genius on the pitch, and his career was full of highs and lows. However, his off-field antics sometimes overshadowed his talent.
Maradona scores his first international goal in a friendly against Hungary in 1977
In 1977, at the age of 16, Maradona made his debut for the Argentina national team in a friendly match against Hungary. In the 79th minute of the game, he scored his first international goal with a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area.
Maradona went on to score 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina. He played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 tournament, where he received the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament.
Maradona scores the “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England
In the 1986 World Cup quarter-final between England and Argentina, Diego Maradona scored one of the most controversial goals in football history.
The goal stood, and Argentina went on to win the World Cup.
He was a true genius on the football pitch who was sadly all too human off it.
Maradona scores the “Goal of the Century” in the same game
It was a game for the ages. On June 22, 1986, in the heat of Mexico City, Diego Maradona stepped onto the pitch in the Azteca Stadium to take on England in what would become known as the “Hand of God” game. Just four minutes in, Maradona scored the first goal with his hand to give Argentina the lead. But that’s not all he did that day.
Picking up the ball in his half, he weaved his way past five English defenders before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Peter Shilton. It was a goal of sheer genius, and it cemented Maradona’s place as one of the greatest players of all time.
Later career and retirement
He was an important member of the team that won the Argentine championship in the 2000–01 season. After retirement, Maradona became the coach of Argentina’s national team in November 2008.
Maradona moves to Napoli for a world record fee in 1984
Diego Maradona’s career at Napoli was arguably the greatest individual achievement in the history of club football.
In his first season in Italy, Maradona helped Napoli win their first-ever Serie A title. He followed that up with another league title in 1986/87, as well as the club’s first-ever UEFA Cup triumph in 1989.
During his time at Napoli, Maradona established himself as one of the greatest players of all time. He won numerous individual awards, including the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1986 and 1993.
Sadly, Maradona’s time at Napoli came to an end in disgrace.
After serving his ban, Maradona returned to Napoli but was never able to recapture his previous form. He retired from football in 1997.
Maradona wins the World Cup with Argentina in 1986
In 1986, Maradona took Argentina to glory in the World Cup, hosted by Mexico. They beat West Germany 3–2 in the final, with Maradona playing a starring role, scoring the second goal with his famous “hand of God” and then setting up Jorge Burruchaga for the winner three minutes from time.
Maradona is banned from football for 15 months in 1991 after testing positive for cocaine
In 1991, Maradona was banned from football for 15 months after testing positive for cocaine. He claimed that the drug had been planted on him, but the ban meant that he missed the entire 1991-92 season. He returned to action in 1992, but his career was beginning to wind down.He retired from international football after the tournament.
Maradona retires from football in 1997
In 1997, Maradona was diagnosed with a heart condition that limited his ability to play football. He retired from the game in 1997 but made several comebacks before finally retiring for good in 2005.
Maradona’s health continued to decline in retirement and he struggled with obesity and cocaine addiction. He underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2005 and had a life-threatening heart attack in 2007.
In 2020, Maradona died of a heart attack at the age of 60.
Diego Maradona was one of the most talented soccer players in history. He was a hero to many, but he was also all too human. He battled addiction and mental health issues throughout his life. Despite his struggles, Maradona left a lasting legacy in the soccer world.
Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time
He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. He also received the Ballon d’Or for his performances in 1986 and 1987 and was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1986, 1987, and 1989.
Maradona’s vision, ball control, and dribbling skills were unparalleled. His ability to read the game and react quickly made him a superb playmaker
In 2000, he was voted by Pelé as the World Player of the Century
Maradona’s life is plagued by drug addiction and personal problems
Diego Maradona was one of the most talented soccer players of all time.
Maradona first started using cocaine in the early 1980s. His drug use became increasingly public and erratic in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After his suspension, he struggled to stay clean and ended up using cocaine again.
In 2000, Maradona checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic in Cuba. He later admitted that he had used cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs during his career.
Maradona’s drug use has hurt his health and his personal life. His son Diego Jr., who was born out of wedlock, has also struggled with drug addiction.