[255] In the following days, there were constant rumours about his health, including three false claims of his death within a month. [88][90][91][92] Zinedine Zidane, watching the 1986 World Cup as a 14-year-old, stated Maradona "was on another level". Kapadia stated that " Maradona 10 customized 1978 Argentina Home Retro Soccer Jersey . The rules changed as a direct result of some of the injuries Maradona received. A genuine phenomenon. He made his full international debut at age 16, against Hungary, on 27 February 1977. For one of the game's major powers Argentina have produced many great players but have not had the success they probably deserve as a team. "Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend", Jimmy Burns. [273] In April 2013, Maradona visited the tomb of Hugo Chávez and urged Venezuelans to elect the late leader's designated successor, Nicolás Maduro, to continue the socialist leader's legacy; "Continue the struggle," Maradona said on television. [261] Maradona declared his opposition to what he identified as imperialism, particularly during the 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina. [299] Figures in the sport from every continent around the world also paid tribute to him. Maradona himself falls out with Menotti at his exclusion and becomes a polarising figure for the Argentine football public. Prodigious changes of pace. [188] In a 2014 FIFA poll, Maradona was voted the second-greatest number 10 of all-time, behind only Pelé,[189] and later that year, was ranked second in The Guardian's list of the 100 greatest World Cup players of all-time, ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, once again behind Pelé. © 2020 Sports New Media Limited. He would literally say, 'This is the way I’m going to train you, read this book.' 10"). [64], After serving a 15-month ban for failing a drug test for cocaine, Maradona left Napoli in disgrace in 1992. Maradona made 694 appearances and scored 354 goals for club and country combined, with a goalscoring average of 0.51. [41] Maradona then headbutted Sola, elbowed another Bilbao player in the face and kneed another player in the head, knocking him out cold. Maradona said he was given a soccer ball soon after he could run. [198] In spite of this, and shortly before the ceremony, FIFA added a second award and appointed a "Football Family" committee composed of football journalists that also gave to Pelé the title of best player of the century to make it a draw. Retrieved 8 May 2014, Jimmy Burns (2009). [59][60][61][62] In 2000, the number 10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired. How many players would even know to think like that? [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. p. 227. [3][4] Maradona's vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature, which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other players. Maradona also came fifth in the vote of the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics). [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. The Catalan crowd was eager to see their new world-record signing Maradona in action, but he did not perform to expectations,[75] as Argentina, the defending champions, lost 1–0. There's still so much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to his relatives. The organization reformulates many elements from Christian tradition, such as Christmas or prayers, reflecting instead details from Maradona. Power of suffering 10. It was a special compensation factor for a country that in a few years lived through several military dictatorships and social frustrations of all kinds." He made his debut two days later against Talleres de Córdoba, scoring twice in the club's 4–1 win. Diego Armando Maradona, né le 30 octobre 1960 à Lanús (province de Buenos Aires)2,3, est un footballeur international argentin devenu entraîneur. INDIVIDUAL TACTICS: Complete intelligence in football. 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[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. 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. [92][119][120] He had a compact physique, and with his strong legs, low center of gravity, and resulting balance, he could withstand physical pressure well while running with the ball, despite his small stature,[95][121][122] while his acceleration, quick feet, and agility, combined with his dribbling skills and close control at speed, allowed him to change direction quickly, making him difficult for opponents to defend against. [9] In May 2018, Maradona was announced as the new chairman of Belarusian club Dynamo Brest. [288][289] The same day, a private funeral service was held and Maradona was buried next to his parents at the Jardín de Bella Vista cemetery in Bella Vista, Buenos Aires. [326], In 2017, Maradona featured as a legendary player in the football video games FIFA 18 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. [211] Unusually, both Baggio and Maradona wore the number 10 shirt, despite playing on the same team. She was 81 years old. Without Ball 9.5. He was first named to Argentina's national team in 1977, when he was 16. 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. On 22 June 2005, it was announced that Maradona would return to former club Boca Juniors as a sports vice-president in charge of managing the First Division roster (after a disappointing 2004–05 season, which coincided with Boca's centenary). ", "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? [258] During the 2018 World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria, Maradona was shown on television cameras behaving extremely erratically, with an abundance of white residue visible on the glass in front of his seat in the stands. "Barca: A People's Passion". p. 234. [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. Ultimately, on 22 August 2005, Maradona acknowledged on his television show that he had hit the ball with his hand purposely, and no contact with his head was made, and that he immediately knew the goal was illegitimate. p. 193. "[97] In 2002, Russell Thomas of The Guardian described Maradona's second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals as "arguably the greatest individual goal ever. p. 17. [275][276] During the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, the Mexican Football Federation fined him for violating their code of ethics and dedicating a team victory to Nicolás Maduro. [307] Three years earlier Maradona had conducted a workshop with 100 kids in the stadium and played a charity match at the same venue with former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly. He could manage himself effectively in limited spaces, and would attract defenders only to quickly dash out of the melee (as in the second goal against England in 1986),[131][132][133][134] or give an assist to a free teammate. Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell, dead at 60 ... At 17 he just missed inclusion in Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning squad at home. Le stade San Paolo de Naples, où Maradona bâtit sa légende en faisant les beaux jours du club local du Napoli entre 1984 et 1991, a également été rebaptisé du nom de la légende argentine. He was 60. [22] After the game, Maradona said, "That day I felt I had held the sky in my hands. [217], On 5 September 2019, Maradona was unveiled as the new head coach of Gimnasia de La Plata, signing a contract until the end of the season. He said, "They wanted me to continue, but seven of my staff should not go on, if he told me that, it meant he did not want me to keep working. [319], Many Argentine artists performed songs in tribute to Diego, such as "La Mano de Dios" by El Potro Rodrigo, "Maradona" by Andrés Calamaro, "Para siempre Diego" (Diego Forever) by Los Ratones Paranoicos, "Francotirador" (Sniper) by Attaque 77, "Maradona Blues" by Charly García, "Santa Maradona" (Saint Maradona) by Mano Negra, and "La Vida Tómbola" by Manu Chao, among others. [48], Napoli would win their second league title in 1989–90, and finish runners up in the league twice, in 1987–88 and 1988–89. Item Information. [195] In 2000, Maradona published his autobiography Yo Soy El Diego ("I am The Diego"), which became a best-seller in Argentina. Diego Maradona has died. While parallels will be drawn with compatriot Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona stands alone in Argentine eyes. $39.55. [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. [84] This goal was voted "Goal of the Century" in a 2002 online poll conducted by FIFA. My most vivid recollection is of this incredibly gifted kid at the second FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan in 1979. He played every minute of every Argentina game, scoring five goals and making five assists, three of those in the opening match against South Korea at the Olímpico Universitario Stadium in Mexico City. As a 12-year-old ball boy, he amused spectators by showing his wizardry with the ball during the halftime intermissions of first division games. ", "The top five players of all time – where does Johan Cruyff rank on our list of greats? Très vite, l’Argentine prend la rencontre en main et tente de s’infiltrer dans le camp belge. [10] He arrived in Brest and was presented by the club to start his duties in July. [252], Maradona had a tendency to put on weight and suffered increasingly from obesity, at one point weighing 280 lb (130 kg). His father, "Don" Diego, died on 25 June 2015 at age 87. He was in Dubai at the time, and desperately tried to fly back in time to see her, but was too late. [250] By the time he was playing for Napoli, he had a full-blown addiction, which interfered with his ability to play football. [70] On 2 June 1979, Maradona scored his first senior international goal in a 3–1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park. Joueur prodig… GRADING ASSESSMENT: Very good, extraordinary. "[99] In a 2018 article for Sportsnet, he added: "No other player, not even Pel[é] in 1958 nor Paolo Rossi in 1982, had dominated a single competition the way Maradona did in Mexico." In addition to his creative abilities, he possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free kick specialist. [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. When we discovered he'd been telling us the truth, we decided to devote ourselves purely to him. [312], On 30 November, after Boca Juniors opened the scoring against Newell's Old Boys at La Bombonera, the club's players paid an emotional tribute by laying a Maradona jersey in front of his private suite where his daughter Dalma was present.[313]. Elle se déroule en Argentine du 1er au 25 juin 1978. [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. 105 shares. Maradona's spokesman, … We all thought ourselves privileged to be witnesses of his genius. 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. [279], In March 2009, Italian officials announced that Maradona still owed the Italian government €37 million in local taxes, €23.5 million of which was accrued interest on his original debt. [78] Throughout the tournament, Maradona asserted his dominance and was the most dynamic player of the competition. In his autobiography, Maradona argued that the test result was due to his personal trainer giving him the power drink Rip Fuel. Lump them together in a single barrel-chested man with shaggy black hair and you have El Diego, idol to the millions who call him D10S, a mashup of his playing number and the Spanish word for God. [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. [12] He was the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata from September 2019 until his death in November 2020. Pitch International LLP. In 2017, Maradona became the coach of Fujairah before leaving at the end of the season. Jimmy Burns (2011) "Maradona: The Hand of God". Diego Maradona, seen above in 1986, captured the soul of his native Argentina after leading the nation to World Cup glory that year – the last time the nation reached soccer's international apex. Hounded for years by the press, Maradona once fired a compressed-air rifle at reporters whom he claimed were invading his privacy. [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. They have won the World Cup twice. ... Elle se "rattrapera" huit ans plus tard pour gagner de manière plus clinquante grâce à un certain Diego Maradona. All Rights Reserved. [94], Regarding Maradona's performance at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, in 2014, Roger Bennett of ESPN FC described it as "the most virtuoso performance a World Cup has ever witnessed,"[95] while Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the greatest individual performances in tournament history,"[96] with Steven Goff of The Washington Post dubbing his performance as "one of the finest in tournament annals. pp. "[264], Maradona voiced support for Bolivia's ousted president Evo Morales[265] and was also a supporter of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. He made his full international debut at age 16, against Hungary, on 27 February 1977. [187] Along with Pelé, Maradona was one of the two joint winners of the "FIFA Player of the Century" award in 2000,[3] and also placed fifth in "IFFHS' Century Elections". Maradona said he was given a soccer ball soon after he could run. 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 … [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. Matias Morla, Maradona's longtime agent, confirmed the news to Efe news agency. Robson, 2003, Jimmy Burns (2011). [199], Maradona has topped a number of fan polls, including a 2002 FIFA poll in which his second goal against England was chosen as the best goal ever scored in a World Cup; he also won the most votes in a poll to determine the All-Time Ultimate World Cup Team. "[170] However, although, as Bianchi noted, Maradona was known for making "great plays" and doing "unimaginable" and "incredible things" with the ball during training sessions,[171][172][173] and would even go through periods of rigorous exercise, he was equally known for his limited work-rate in training without the ball, and even gained a degree of infamy during his time in Italy for missing training sessions with Napoli, while he often trained independently instead of with his team. 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. ", "He had complete mastery of the ball. Argentina 1978 Diego MARADONA home Retro Soccer jersey Football shirt #10. [13] After two months in charge he left the club on 19 November. Today his skills would afford him greater protection. "[272], In December 2007, Maradona presented a signed shirt with a message of support to the people of Iran: it is displayed in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' museum. Not that I'd want to anyway. 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]. Concentration 10. 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. Did you know Maradona was not chosen to play in the 1978 World Cup because the Argentine coach thought he was too young to play? After the closing of it, the authors started a new short-lived comic book titled El Die, using Maradona as the main character. Diego Armando Maradona (Spanish: [ˈdjeɣo maɾaˈðona]; 30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020) was an Argentine professional football player and manager. Maradona … 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." Drug and alcohol experts called Maradona's abuse of one substance after another a slow-motion suicide. [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. [323] Later on in the commercial he wakes up realizing it was a nightmare after having too much of the drink. He was born on 30/10/1960. 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 - … Quatre plus tôt, en 1978, pour la coupe du monde dans son pays, il n’a pas été retenu. [8], Maradona became the coach of Argentina's national football team in November 2008. It was beautiful to watch him and coach him. Agility 9.5. 1, by, Greatest Football Players of All-Time: No. FILE – In this March 1987 file photo, Pele, left, and Maradona hold “Sports Oscar” trophies in Milan, Rome. [21] Maradona also appeared for Tottenham Hotspur in a testimonial match for Osvaldo Ardiles against Internazionale, shortly before the 1986 World Cup. Using expletives, Sola mimicked a gesture from the crowd towards Maradona by using a xenophobic term. 2012. 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 … "The Story of the World Cup: The Essential Companion to South Africa 2010". Total accuracy. Maradona won the Internet-based poll, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé.