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Historic day of mourning in world football for the death of Diego Armando Maradona at age 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The one who is considered by many as the best footballer of all time, and who was already hospitalized last month, was permanently turned off this Wednesday, causing a commotion throughout the world.
Maradona was crowned one of the best players in history with his victory in the 86 World Cup, being the undisputed figure and leader of an Argentine team that led to the final with two of the most remembered goals in history: ‘The goal of the century‘, his devilish slalom leaving behind five players; and his goal with his hand baptized as’The hand of God‘, both, in the quarterfinals against England.
While he was crowned world champion that year, he lived his best years as a footballer at Naples, a team until then considered one of Italian football. The Fluff magic managed to take them to the top, making them champions of Serie A and Coppa in 86-87, for later, win a historic UEFA in 1989, and repeat in the league in 89-90.
Maradona also lived two stages in LaLiga. The first, before exploding in Naples, in two seasons in which he dressed in blue and scarlet wearing the shield of the FC Barcelona. The Argentine left much to be desired, who arrived with the poster of the best player in South America, coming from Boca Juniors, but who was lost at night. However, he managed to win the Copa del Rey, the extinct League Cup, and the Super Cup, in his time at the Camp Nou.
His second chapter in Spanish football, came with much controversy, since he arrived at Sevilla after fifteen month sanction by FIFA, after a positive for doping and cocaine detected in a control. For this reason, Maradona was looking for a team without high expectations and through which he passed without pain or glory.
However, the Argentine again relapsed, starring in one of the most famous images of his career, in which he is withdrawn from the match against Nigeria in the 1994 World Cup for doping control, finding up to five prohibited substances in your body, the day that “they cut off his legs“, in his own words. His last game with Argentina.
He returned to Argentina in his last years to play with Newell’s Old Boys and Boca de sus amores, but after his retirement, his life plummeted because of his drug addiction. Despite the numerous rehabilitations he underwent, his physical condition has never been optimal, a victim of the consequences of the substances he used throughout his life.
- Argentine First Division (Boca Juniors)
- King’s Cup (FC Barcelona)
- League Cup (FC Barcelona)
- Spanish Super Cup (FC Barcelona)
- 2 Serie A (Naples)
- Italian Cup (Naples)
- Italian Super Cup (Naples)
- UEFA Cup (Naples).
- World Cup in Mexico 86 with the Argentina team.
Maradona was also able to harvest coaching experience, directing the Argentine national team at the 2010 World Cup, with tours in the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and, from 2019 to the present, in Gymnastics and Fencing La Plata of the Argentine Super League.