Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in the province of Lanús, Argentina.

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In 1969, Maradona (left) joined the “Cebollitas” club, which belonged to the lower divisions of Argentinos Juniors.

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His first professional team was Argentinos. A very young Maradona played there between 1976 and 1981.

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His first professional team was Argentinos. A very young Maradona played there between 1976 and 1981.

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Maradona was in two different times at Boca Juniors. The first included the years 1981 and 1982 and returned in 1995 to retire there in 1997. During the first, in 1981 he won the Metropolitan Tournament.

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Maradona was in two different times at Boca Juniors. The first included the years 1981 and 1982 and returned in 1995 to retire there in 1997. During the first, in 1981 he won the Metropolitan Tournament.

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Maradona was in two different times at Boca Juniors. The first included the years 1981 and 1982 and returned in 1995 to retire there in 1997. The image corresponds to a match played on July 9, 1997 against Newell’s.

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Maradona was in two different times at Boca Juniors. The first comprised the years 1981 and 1982 and returned in 1995 to retire there in 1997.

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In 1982 he made the great leap to Europe. His first team in the old continent was Barcelona, ​​in which he was until 1984. He would play 58 games, with 38 goals scored and 24 assists given.

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Diego Maradona, in one of his encounters against Real Madrid: he was about to sign for the Castellana club, but the claims of Napoli frustrated his pass.

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He was at Barcelona between 1982 and 1984, years in which he won a Copa del Rey (1983, title that he lifts in the image), a League Cup (1983) and a Spanish Super Cup (1984).

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Maradona lifts the League Cup that he won with Barcelona in 1983 at the Camp Nou.

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Bad moment: on September 24, 1983, Andoni Goikoetxea made a brutal entrance. The medical report was “fracture of the peroneal malleolus of the left ankle with deviation and tearing of the internal lateral ligament with tear.” He returned to play three and a half months later.

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After a hard confrontation with Núñez, he went to Italy, to the ranks of Naples. In the partenopeo set it would be between 1984 and 1991.

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Maradona made Naples and the Neapolitans happy: he led them to win two Scudettos (two league championship titles), something unthinkable until then.

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Maradona arrived at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico with the vitola of leading one of the great favorites to lift the Cup. Many of his rivals hit him hard, in the case of the South Koreans. Years later, he did not want to greet the author of one of those fouls: it was Huh Jung Moo, South Korea’s coach at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa …

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In the World Cup in Mexico-86 Argentina faced England in the quarterfinals. Maradona brought the game forward for his team by scoring the famous goal with his hand, it was “La mano de Dios”. In that same match, El Pelusa also scored the second goal that gave Argentina victory 2-1, after leaving five players from the ‘pross’ team sitting down.

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On June 29, 1986, Argentina played the final of the Mexico-86 World Cup against West Germany. Argentina won the match 3-2 and enshrined the figure of Maradona after holding an extraordinary championship.

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Maradona touched the sky in Mexico-86.

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Maradona captained Napoli in the famous European Cup game behind closed doors that faced Real Madrid and the Neapolitan team on September 16, 1987 at the Santiago Bernabéu.

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“Chendo gave me the best mark ever. He didn’t give me any treacherous kick.” This is how ‘Pelusa’ remembered his meeting with the Murcian side of Madrid in the 1987 European tie.

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In 1989 Napoli faced Stuttgart in the UEFA Cup final. A title that then was disputed to two parties. In the first leg, Napoli won at home (2-1) and in the second leg there was a spectacular draw (3-3). Diego scored in the first leg from a penalty.

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Codesal admonished Maradona during the final due to his complaints about his refereeing: he sent off Monzón and Dezzotti, and awarded a penalty five minutes before the end of the match.

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His great disappointment was losing the final of the World Cup in Italy-90 against Germany. Argentines and Germans had repeated the 1986 final, but this time on European ground. A penalty signaled by the referee Edgardo Codesal would determine the development of the final. Maradona never forgave Codesal for signaling that penalty …

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Napoli was Maradona’s second European team. There he was between 1984 and 1991 getting two Scudettos (1987 and 1990), an Italian Cup (1987), a UEFA (1989) and an Italian Super Cup (1990), a title that he raises in this photograph: it would be his last title as a Neapolitan .

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Year 1990. Maradona faces Spartak Moscow in the European Cup of the 1990-91 season. It was his last appearance in the European Cup.

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His third and last European team was Sevilla, which he arrived in 1992 and left in 1993. It served him to prepare for the United States-94 World Cup.

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After Sevilla, Maradona had a brief stint at the Argentine Newell’s (1993-1994). He considered himself ready to play what would be his last World Cup.

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After beating Nigeria at the World Cup in the United States, Maradona had to pass the anti-doping control: traces of up to five types of prohibited substances were found. He was expelled from the tournament, Argentina would be immersed in a crisis that would cost him the elimination of the competition.

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Maradona was appointed Argentine coach and as such attended the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. There he would direct Leo Messi, two of Argentina’s great soccer aces.

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After his experience on the bench of the Argentine team, he emigrated to Arab football. He was coach of Al-Wasl, a club in the United Arab Emirates, where he lived for several years.

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On February 15, 2017, Maradona was invited to witness the match between Madrid and Napoli in the Champions League. The Argentine star was in the Neapolitan dressing room cheering on the Neapolitan players.

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After directing in Mexico, in the Dorados de Sinaloa, he returned to Argentina, where in September 2019 he became a coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata. He had renewed his contract for one more season with ‘El Lobo’.

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One of his last appearances was on November 11, 2020: he was operated on for a brain clot by his doctor, Leopoldo Luque. Days later he would leave the clinic to go home. Rest in Peace, Diego Maradona.

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Argentinos Junior honored Maradona on the day he would have turned 61 (October 30), along with his family.

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Argentinos Junior honored Maradona on the day he would have turned 61 (October 30), along with his family.

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