Diego Armando Maradona (Spanish: [ˈdjeɣo maɾaˈðona]; 30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020) was an Argentine professional football player and manager. I find it hard to apply that even to Mozart. [231] After defeating Mexico 3–1, however, Argentina was routed by Germany 4–0 in the quarter-finals to go out of the competition. He would look so incredibly out of shape, but then he’d train like crazy and sweat it off by the time matchday came along. Final Argentina v West Germany. [29] Despite the distrustful relationship between Maradona and Boca Juniors manager, Silvio Marzolini,[30] Boca had a successful season, winning the league title after securing a point against Racing Club. [197], In 2000, he won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. [234] On 27 July, however, the AFA announced that its board had unanimously decided not to renew his contract, and instead awarded the job to 1978 World Cup winning captain and his 1986 teammate, Daniel Passarella. Robson, 2003, Jimmy Burns (2011). - June 25, 1994 - He would help him psychologically, talk to him about philosophy, and things like that. [25], Maradona spent five years at Argentinos Juniors, from 1976 to 1981, scoring 115 goals in 167 appearances before his US$ 4 million transfer to Boca Juniors. In 1950, they left Esquina and settled in Buenos Aires. [296] Subsequently, other confederations around the world followed suit, with every fixture observing a minute of silence, starting with the 2020 AFC Champions League's fixtures. [156] Although critical of the illegitimate first goal, England striker Gary Lineker conceded, "When Diego scored that second goal against us, I felt like applauding. [282] A day later, he underwent emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma. [26] Maradona received offers to join other clubs, including River Plate who offered to make him the club's best paid player. Pelé scored more goals. [101], In the quarter-final, Argentina faced Yugoslavia in Florence; the match ended 0–0 after 120 minutes, with Argentina advancing in a penalty shootout even though Maradona's kick, a weak shot to the goalkeeper's right, was saved. [44] Sports writer David Goldblatt commented, "They [the fans] were convinced that the saviour had arrived. [254], On 29 March 2007, Maradona was readmitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires. Argentina became the competition's first finalist not to score, with only one shot on goal. Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images Maradona again captained Argentina in the 1990 World Cup, but suffered a shock defeat to Cameroon in the tournament's opening game. 'I’m different to anyone else so I need to train at what I’m good at and what I’m weak at.' [209], By 1982, Maradona had become one of the biggest sports stars in the world and had endorsements with many companies, including Puma and Coca-Cola, earning him an additional $1.5 million per year on top of his club salary. Born in Buenos Aires, Maradona led Argentina to a World Cup title in 1986 and to a World Cup final in Italy in 1990. [284] On 25 November 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona suffered a heart attack and died at his home in Dique Luján, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. [40] The Bilbao squad surrounded Maradona to exact some retribution, with Goikoetxea connecting with a high kick to his chest, before the rest of the Barcelona squad joined in to help Maradona. On 10 April, Maradona played his first Superclásico against River Plate at La Bombonera stadium. [115][116][117][118] Maradona was renowned for his dribbling ability, vision, close ball control, passing, and creativity, and is considered to have been one of the most skilful players in the sport. [287] On 26 November, Maradona's wake, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, was cut short by his family as his coffin was relocated from the rotunda of the Presidential Palace after fans took over an inner courtyard and also clashed with police. [22] After the game, Maradona said, "That day I felt I had held the sky in my hands. He received the ball in his own half, swivelled around and with 11 touches ran more than half the length of the field, dribbling past five English outfield players (Peter Beardsley, Steve Hodge, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher, and Terry Fenwick) before he left goalkeeper Peter Shilton on his backside with a feint, and slotted the ball into the net. On 26 June 1983, Barcelona won away to Real Madrid in one of the world's biggest club games, El Clásico, a match where Maradona scored and became the first Barcelona player to be applauded by arch-rival Real Madrid fans. p. 193. [45] Maradona played for Napoli at a period when north–south tensions in Italy were at a peak due to a variety of issues, notably the economic differences between the two. Everything Fidel does, everything Chávez does, for me is the best. After losing their opening game to Cameroon at the San Siro in Milan, Argentina were almost eliminated in the first round, only qualifying in third position from their group. [257] On 8 May 2007, Maradona appeared on Argentine television and stated that he had quit drinking and had not used drugs in two and a half years. [204] Maradona gave each of his guests a signed Argentina jersey, which Tyson wore when he arrived in Brazil, Argentina's biggest rivals. It was beautiful to watch him and coach him. "People on People: The Oxford Dictionary of Biographical Quotations". The smudges could have been fingerprints, and he later blamed his behaviour on consuming lots of wine. With two matches remaining in the qualification tournament for the 2010 World Cup, Argentina was in fifth place and faced the possibility of failing to qualify, but victory in the last two matches secured qualification for the finals. ", "I mille colori di Maradona in bianco e nero", "Napoli, Carnevale racconta: "Maradona una volta si presentò un'ora prima di giocare, "Bianchi, passione e rigore di un vincente". What I mean is: one slept soundly the night before a game not just because you knew you were playing next to Diego and Diego did things no other player in the world could do, but also because unconsciously we knew that if it was the case that we lost then Maradona would shoulder more of the burden, would be blamed more, than the rest of us. [185] Zlatan Ibrahimović said his off-field antics do not matter, and he should only be judged for the impact he made on the field. One day I hope we can play football together in heaven. A genuine phenomenon. [16], Maradona's parents were both born and brought up in the town of Esquina in the north-east province of Corrientes, living only two hundred metres from each other on the banks of the Corriente River. [222] Despite having a bad record during the 2019–20 season, Gimnasia renewed Maradona's contract on 3 June 2020 through the 2020–21 season. West Germany became the first team to play in three consecutive finals (they played in the 1982 and 1986 finals), a feat only repeated by Brazil in 1994, 1998, and 2002. [32][54][55] When asked who was the toughest player he ever faced, A.C. Milan central defender Franco Baresi stated it was Maradona, a view shared by his Milan teammate Paolo Maldini. [255] In the following days, there were constant rumours about his health, including three false claims of his death within a month. [64] Prior to Napoli's Europa League match against Rijeka the day after Maradona's passing, all of the Napoli players wore shirts with "Maradona 10" on the back of them, before observing a minute of silence. Today his skills would afford him greater protection. His claim was that the U.S. version, unlike the Argentine one, contained the chemical and that, having run out of his Argentine dosage, his trainer unwittingly bought the U.S. formula. Maradona il più forte di sempre, ma a Van Basten è stato ancora più difficile prendere la palla", "Ibrahimovic: Maradona's off-field antics don't matter", "Pelè è più forte di Maradona, Zidane 3°, Baggio 9°: i migliori 10 secondo la Fifa", "The World Cup's top 100 footballers: by nationality, goals scored and votes", “Ranked! [8] A 2002 Channel 4 poll in the UK saw his performance ranked number 6 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. With Maradona fostering a close relationship with the players, Boca won the 2005 Apertura, the 2006 Clausura, the 2005 Copa Sudamericana, and the 2005 Recopa Sudamericana. [65] In 1993, he played for Newell's Old Boys and in 1995 returned to Boca Juniors for a two-year stint. [326], In 2017, Maradona featured as a legendary player in the football video games FIFA 18 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. [274] Maradona attended Maduro's final campaign rally in Caracas, signing footballs and kicking them to the crowd, and presented Maduro with an Argentina jersey. [45] Prior to Maradona's arrival, Italian football was dominated by teams from the north and centre of the country, such as A.C. Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Roma, and no team in the south of the Italian Peninsula had ever won a league title. At the World Cup finals in June 2010, Argentina started by winning 1–0 against Nigeria, followed by a 4–1 victory over South Korea on the strength of a Gonzalo Higuaín hat-trick. [7] He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, and Newell's Old Boys during his club career, and is most famous for his time at Napoli and Barcelona, where he won numerous accolades. "[271] In September 2014, Maradona met with Pope Francis in Rome, crediting Francis for inspiring him to return to religion after many years away; he stated, "We should all imitate Pope Francis. In fact, we asked him for his ID card so we could check it, but he told us he didn't have it on him. Maradona's body will be put to an autopsy before being transferred to the Casa Rosada, the Argentine government's headquarters, where his wake will be held starting Thursday. In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one. He was treated for hepatitis and effects of alcohol abuse and was released on 11 April, but readmitted two days later. [253] When Maradona resumed public appearances shortly thereafter, he displayed a notably thinner figure. He would literally say, 'This is the way I’m going to train you, read this book.' [6] It was an ill-tempered game, notable for the first two sendings off in a World Cup final. [11] From September 2018 to June 2019, Maradona was coach of Mexican club Dorados. At Italia 90, Diego Maradona dragged a weak Argentina to the final through an almost demented will - and one immortal moment of skill In May 2011 he became manager of Dubai club Al Wasl FC in the United Arab Emirates. "Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases". He was fouled repeatedly in all five games and particularly in the last one against Brazil at the Sarrià, a game that was blighted by poor officiating and violent fouls. [323] Later on in the commercial he wakes up realizing it was a nightmare after having too much of the drink. Maradona was coyly evasive, describing it as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God". [16][17][18] At the time, the 1990 final was the lowest-scoring final in the history of the competition—although this record was broken four years later, when Brazil beat Italy on penalties after 120 goalless minutes. [147][148][149][150] A precocious talent in his youth,[5] in addition to his playing ability, Maradona also drew praise from his former manager Menotti for his dedication, determination, and the work-ethic he demonstrated in order to improve the technical aspect of his game in training, despite his natural gifts, with the manager noting: "I'm always cautious about using the word 'genius'. [13], —Francisco Cornejo, youth coach who discovered Maradona[14], Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30 October 1960, at the Policlínico (Polyclinic) Evita Hospital in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province to a poor family that had moved from Corrientes Province; he was raised in Villa Fiorito, a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. [318] In Rosario, Argentina, locals organized the parody religion of the "Church of Maradona". [251] In the midst of his drug crisis in 1991, Maradona was asked by journalists if the hit song Mi enfermedad (lit. He became a staple of Los Cebollitas (The Little Onions), the junior team of Buenos Aires's Argentinos Juniors. The semi-final against the host nation Italy at Maradona's club stadium in Naples, the Stadio San Paolo, was also resolved on penalties after a 1–1 draw. [181][182][183] However, in 2005, Paolo Maldini, described Maradona both as the greatest player he ever faced, and also as the most honest, stating: "He was a model of good behaviour on the pitch – he was respectful of everyone, from the great players down to the ordinary team member. "Motivation And Emotion in Sport". [195] In 2000, Maradona published his autobiography Yo Soy El Diego ("I am The Diego"), which became a best-seller in Argentina. 10"). Kick-off Times; Kick-off times are converted to your local PC time. [78] Throughout the tournament, Maradona asserted his dominance and was the most dynamic player of the competition. Maradona also came fifth in the vote of the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics). Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009, Luca Caioli (2013). [77], Maradona captained the Argentine national team to victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, winning the final in Mexico City against West Germany. A new empire is born. [155] The goal itself has been viewed as an embodiment of the Buenos Aires shanty town Maradona was brought up in and its concept of viveza criolla—"cunning of the criollos". [241], After the divorce, Claudia embarked on a career as a theatre producer, and Dalma sought an acting career; she previously had expressed her desire to attend the Actor's Studio in Los Angeles. [82], —Bryon Butler's BBC Radio commentary on Maradona's second goal against England[83], Maradona's second goal, just four minutes after the hotly disputed hand-goal, was later voted by FIFA as the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup. The team leader on and off the field – he would speak up on a range of issues on behalf of the players – Maradona's ability as a player and his overpowering personality had a major positive effect on his team, with his 1986 World Cup teammate Jorge Valdano stating: Maradona was a technical leader: a guy who resolved all difficulties that may come up on the pitch. In addition to his creative abilities, he possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free kick specialist. Jimmy Burns (2011) "Maradona: The Hand of God". 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[285][286] Maradona's coffin – draped in Argentina's national flag and three Maradona number 10 jerseys (Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors and Argentina) – was lying in state at the Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada, with mourners filing past his coffin. ", "Sacchi: "Maradona il più grande Il Milan voleva prenderlo, "Does Diego still have the touch of a leader? Routledge, 2008, Susan Ratcliffe (2001). [220][221] Originally scheduled to be held on 23 November 2019,[220] the election was delayed 15 days. [327] In 2019, a documentary film titled Diego Maradona was released by Academy Award and BAFTA Award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, director of Amy (on singer Amy Winehouse) and Senna (on motor racing driver Ayrton Senna). Diego Armando Maradona (Spanish: [ˈdjeɣo maɾaˈðona]; 30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020) was an Argentine professional football player and manager.Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. p. 43. President Cossiga later handed the FIFA World Cup Trophy to West German captain Lothar Matthäus. [164][166][167][168] Known as one of the most skilful players in the game, he is regarded as one the greatest dribblers[95][121][127][128] and free kick takers in history.