I find it hard to apply that even to Mozart. Maradona married long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe on 7 November 1989 in Buenos Aires,[237] and they had two daughters, Dalma Nerea (born 2 April 1987) and Giannina Dinorah (born 16 May 1989), by whom he became a grandfather in 2009. [297] In addition to the minute of silence in Italy's Serie A an image of Maradona was projected on stadium screens in the 10th minute of play. [103] This turned out to be Maradona's last international goal for Argentina. [105], Outwith official internationals, Maradona also played and scored for an Argentina XI against the World XI in 1978 to mark the first anniversary of their first World Cup win,[106][107] scored for The Americas against the World in a UNICEF fundraiser a short time after the 1986 triumph,[106][107] a year after that captained the 'Rest of the World' against the English Football League XI to celebrate the organisation's centenary (after reportedly securing a £100,000 appearance fee)[108][109] and was on the scoresheet for the Argentina XI once more in his own 'farewell match' in 2001. With Ball 9.1. C'est la trace laissée par les U20 champions du monde 1979, sublimés par Maradona. Being short, but strong, he could hold the ball long enough with a defender on his back to wait for a teammate making a run or to find a gap for a quick shot. His surgeon said that Maradona would follow a liquid diet for three months in order to return to his normal weight. [280][281], On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata, supposedly for psychological reasons. When I interviewed him a few years ago, he told me he thought players such as Lionel Messi owed him a great deal because some of the tackles he had endured would never be allowed today. [35] Maradona dribbled past Madrid goalkeeper Agustín, and as he approached the empty goal, he stopped just as Madrid defender Juan José came sliding in an attempt to block the shot. [251] In the midst of his drug crisis in 1991, Maradona was asked by journalists if the hit song Mi enfermedad (lit. We were sure he was having us on because, although he had the physique of a child, he played like an adult. [169][179][180], A controversial figure in the sport, while he earned critical acclaim from players, pundits, and managers over his playing style, he also drew criticism in the media for his temper and confrontational behaviour, both on and off the pitch. 'I’m different to anyone else so I need to train at what I’m good at and what I’m weak at.' I hate it with all my strength. [93] In a tribute to him, Azteca Stadium authorities built a statue of him scoring the "Goal of the Century" and placed it at the entrance of the stadium. [162] His first goal against Belgium in the 1986 World Cup semi-final is a worthy indicator of such; he had run into the inside right channel to receive a pass but let the ball travel across to his left foot, requiring more technical ability. "[184] His former club and international teammate, Franco Baresi, stated when he was asked who was his greatest opponent: "Maradona; when he was on form, there was almost no way of stopping him,"[56] while fellow former Italy defender Giuseppe Bergomi described Maradona as the greatest player of all time in 2018. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. Issued ... At 17 he just missed inclusion in Argentina's 1978 … English club Sheffield United came close to signing legendary footballer Diego Maradona but they pulled off due to the £40,000 extra price tag on him. [59][60][61][62] In 2000, the number 10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired. When you got him on his own he was a very good kid. [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. "Maradona" redirects here. Not that I'd want to anyway. [110], —Michel Platini, former French midfielder, on Maradona's ball control[14], Described as a "classic number 10" in the media,[111] Maradona was a traditional playmaker who usually played in a free role, either as an attacking midfielder behind the forwards, or as a second striker in a front–two,[112][113][114] although he was also deployed as an offensive–minded central midfielder in a 4–4–2 formation on occasion. It also was vindication for Maradona, who in what he later called “the greatest tragedy” of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — which Argentina won at home — because he was only 17. [68], During his time with the Argentina national team, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances. [9] In May 2018, Maradona was announced as the new chairman of Belarusian club Dynamo Brest. [41] One Barcelona executive stated, "When I saw those scenes of Maradona fighting and the chaos that followed I realized we couldn't go any further with him. "[328] He added, "...I was fascinated by his journey, wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama. ", "Zola applaude Mihajlovic: "E' il piu' completo, "Messi and the other best freekick takers in football history", "Dead Ball Genius: How Messi Learned From Maradona, Ronaldinho And Deco To Become The Game's Greatest Free-Kick Taker", "El maestro Maradona: football legend to be Argentina manager", "Maradona scores $1800-a-seat ticket sales, proving the bad boys of sport are hard to match", "13 June 1990: Diego Maradona's other World Cup handball", "Argentina coach Diego Maradona writes another chapter in a turbulent life", "FourFourTwo's 100 Greatest Footballers EVER: No.1, Diego Maradona", "10 of Diego Maradona's best moments: the greatest player of all time? After scoring two contrasting goals in the 2–1 quarter-final win against England, his legend was cemented. [210] Maradona set up a goal for Roberto Baggio during the first half of the match, with a chipped through-ball over the defence with the outside of his left foot. At age 18, Maradona played the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan and emerged as the star of the tournament, shining in Argentina's 3–1 final win over the Soviet Union, scorin… BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup … Secondly, the scope of his celebrity was such that he absorbed all the pressures on behalf of his team-mates. p. 2. pp. [271] During a meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1987, they clashed on the issue of wealth disparity, with Maradona stating, "I argued with him because I was in the Vatican and I saw all these golden ceilings and afterwards I heard the Pope say the Church was worried about the welfare of poor kids. Taylor & Francis, Geoff Tibballs (2003). [67] Maradona was himself given a testimonial match in November 2001, played between an all-star World XI and the Argentina national team. John H Kerr (2004). [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. L'Argentine organise et gagne son premier Mondial en ... Argentine 1978. [220][221] However it was still not clear if Pellegrino, who declined to run for re-election,[220][221] would stay on as club President. In 2005, he came to Venezuela to meet Chávez, who received him in the Miraflores Palace. 'Extraordinary', 'unbeatable', 'complete intelligence in football', 'excellent power', words and phrases that perfectly describe the great man. [290], — Pelé paying tribute following Maradona's death[291], In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed "its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend", adding: "You will always be in our hearts. [229][230] In the final match of the group stage, Argentina won 2–0 against Greece to win the group and advance to a second round, meeting Mexico. p. 193. [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. Agility 9.5. "[169] Maradona's former Napoli manager – Ottavio Bianchi – also praised his discipline in training, commenting: "Diego is different to the one that they depict. Diego worked very hard to be the best. Most guests were drawn from the worlds of football and show business, including Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, but also included interviews with other notable friends and personalities such as Cuban leader Fidel Castro and boxers Roberto Durán and Mike Tyson. They all speak of the fact that he did not train, but it was not true because Diego was the last person to leave the pitch, it was necessary to send him away because otherwise he would stay for hours to invent free kicks. If you've seen Diego Maradona with a football at his feet, you'll understand. It was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June. Free shipping . 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A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"), a name that stuck with him throughout his career. Il évoluait au poste de milieu offensif sous le maillot numéro 10. [15] He was the first son after four daughters. Maradona was left off the Argentine squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil by coach César Luis Menotti who felt he was too young at age 17. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. Maradona. ", "Pelé or Diego Maradona: Who is the Greatest Soccer Player of All Time? 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Very good speed in efficiency. "[14] Maradona used his hand in the 1990 World Cup, again without punishment, and this time on his own goal line, to prevent the Soviet Union from scoring. Quatre plus tôt, en 1978, pour la coupe du monde dans son pays, il n’a pas été retenu. [311] On 29 November, compatriot Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona's 4–0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga, dedicating his goal to Maradona by revealing a Newell's Old Boys shirt worn by the latter under his own, and subsequently pointing to the sky. 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. [208] In 2008, Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica made Maradona, a documentary about Maradona's life. Jimmy Burns (2011) "Maradona: The Hand of God". Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. There is … [104] His failed drug test at the 1994 World Cup signalled the end of his international career, which lasted 17 years and yielded 34 goals from 91 games, including one winner's medal and one runners-up medal in the World Cup. He did it first by nefarious and then spellbindingly brilliant means. [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. He showed leadership qualities on the field and captained Argentina in their World Cup campaigns of 1986, 1990, and 1994. Maradona est à la manoeuvre. However, the show also included a cartoon villain with a clear physical resemblance to Pelé. Argentina played Belgium in the opening game of the 1982 Cup at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Extraordinary reflexes. [10] He arrived in Brest and was presented by the club to start his duties in July. They travelled together to Naples for a series of homages in June 2005 and were seen together on other occasions, including the Argentina games during 2006 World Cup. Pelé scored more goals. After the defeat to Germany, Maradona admitted that he was reconsidering his future as Argentina's coach, stating, "I may leave tomorrow. [35][37], Due to illness and injury as well as controversial incidents on the field, Maradona had a difficult tenure in Barcelona. A person close to Maradona … [65] In 1993, he played for Newell's Old Boys and in 1995 returned to Boca Juniors for a two-year stint. José ended up crashing into the post, before Maradona slotted the ball into the net. Argentine soccer genius Maradona saw heaven and hell Back to video. Average heading. [254], On 29 March 2007, Maradona was readmitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires. [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. [211] Unusually, both Baggio and Maradona wore the number 10 shirt, despite playing on the same team. $39.55. The Argentine soccer great who was among the … [26] Maradona received offers to join other clubs, including River Plate who offered to make him the club's best paid player. He was 60. Concentration 10. The Cup was won by the host nation, Argentina, who defeated the Netherlands 3–1 in the final, after extra time. In the 1990 World Cup second-round tie against Brazil, he used his right foot to set up the winning goal for Claudio Caniggia due to two Brazilian markers forcing him into a position that made use of his left foot less practical.[163]. Diego Maradona, the Argentine football great who scored the "Hand of God" goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before … It also was vindication for Maradona, who in what he later called “the greatest tragedy” of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — … [87][88] Maradona scored or assisted 10 of Argentina's 14 goals (71%), including the assist for the winning goal in the final, ensuring that he would be remembered as one of the greatest names in football history. [322], A 2006 television commercial for Brazilian soft drink Guaraná Antarctica portrayed Maradona as a member of the Brazil national team, including wearing the yellow jersey and singing the Brazilian national anthem with Brazilian players Ronaldo and Kaká. "[141], —Lionel Messi, the player most closely identified with the "New Maradona" label[73], One of Maradona's trademark moves was dribbling full-speed on the right wing, and on reaching the opponent's goal line, delivering accurate passes to his teammates. The organization reformulates many elements from Christian tradition, such as Christmas or prayers, reflecting instead details from Maradona. [207] In September 2006, Maradona, in his famous blue and white number 10, was the captain for Argentina in a three-day World Cup of Indoor Football tournament in Spain. In his autobiography, Maradona argued that the test result was due to his personal trainer giving him the power drink Rip Fuel. The question is, which Maradona will show for the World Cup? In 1981 he moved to giants Boca Juniors, helping them to … If the boycotts against Russia in 2018 felt a little half-hearted, in 1978 against Argentina they came early, with conviction, and very nearly worked. p. 234. 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[324] There is a documented phenomenon of Brazilians being named in honour of Maradona,[325] an example being footballer Diego Costa. But because he was so young, Cesar Luis Menotti, the Argentine coach at the time, left Maradona off the 1978 World Cup roster. How many players would even know to think like that? [294][295] Boca Juniors' game was postponed in respect to Maradona. In 2003, Maradona was employed by the Libyan footballer Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, as a "technical consultant", while Al-Saadi was playing for the Italian club, Perugia, which was playing in Serie A at the time.[201]. They have won the World Cup twice. In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one. [238], Maradona and Villafañe divorced in 2004. p. 17. But Old School Panini repair that with his Panini sticker of 1978 World Cup : [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. In 1950, they left Esquina and settled in Buenos Aires. A representative of the ex-footballer said his condition was not serious. [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. [239], During the divorce proceedings, Maradona admitted that he was the father of Diego Sinagra (born in Naples on 20 September 1986). 2012. Before his world record move to Boca Juniors in 1981, Maradona missed out on the Argentina squad for the 1978 World Cup – despite having already made his debut. Elle se déroule en Argentine du 1er au 25 juin 1978. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. Victor Dell'Aquila celebrates with Alberto Tarantini and goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol as Argentina become World Champions for the first time in history in 1978. [56][57], Although Maradona was successful on the field during his time in Italy, his personal problems increased. FIFA expelled him from USA '94, and Argentina were subsequently eliminated in the round of 16 by Romania in Los Angeles. [242][243], Maradona's relationship with his immediate family was a close one, and in a 1990 interview with Sports Illustrated he showed phone bills where he had spent a minimum of 15,000 US dollars per month calling his parents and siblings. FILE – In this March 1987 file photo, Pele, left, and Maradona hold “Sports Oscar” trophies in Milan, Rome. Maradona … Pitch International LLP. [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. He has a straight line vision facing the goal, but he knows how to get rid of the ball for the best placed teammate. Today his skills would afford him greater protection. [66] In 1996, he played in a friendly match alongside his brother Raul for Toronto Italia against the Canadian National Soccer League All-Stars. Matias Morla, Maradona's longtime agent, confirmed the news to Efe news agency. [45] Other honours during the Maradona era at Napoli included the Coppa Italia in 1987 (as well as a second-place finish in the Coppa Italia in 1989), the UEFA Cup in 1989, and the Italian Supercup in 1990. [72], Speaking thirty years later on the impact of Maradona's performances in 1979, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated, "Everyone has an opinion on Diego Armando Maradona, and that’s been the case since his playing days. [45][46], At Napoli, Maradona reached the peak of his professional career: he soon inherited the captain's armband from Napoli veteran defender Giuseppe Bruscolotti[47] and quickly became an adored star among the club's fans; in his time there he elevated the team to the most successful era in its history. In the Argentine film El hijo de la novia ("Son of the Bride"), somebody who impersonates a Catholic priest says to a bar patron, "They idolized him and then crucified him." [282] A day later, he underwent emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. [320] In 2010 he appeared in a commercial for French fashion house Louis Vuitton, indulging in a game of table football with fellow World Cup winners Pelé and Zinedine Zidane. The goal stood, much to the wrath of the English players. Jump power 8. 1 by, Greatest Football Players in World Cup History: No.