The making of a Football Legend part 1: Diego Maradona

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Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine footballer born on 30th October 1960 at Lanus, Buenos Aires. He started his youth career as an attacking midfielder and second striker playing for Estrella Roja between 1968 and 1969. He later played for Los Cebollitas between 1970 and 1974 and Argentinos junior 1975 – 1976.

Maradona started his senior career with Argentinos junior in 1976 to 1981. He joined Boca juniors in 1981 to 1982, Barcelona 1982 – 1984, Napoli 1984 – 1991, Sevilla 1992 – 1993, Newell’s old boys 1993 – 1994 and Boca juniors 1995 to 1997. Maradona also had a successful international career. He played for Argentina u20 team between 1977 and 1979 and later graduated to the National Team where he played until 1994.

After retiring from playing football, Diego Maradona jumped into management and became Mandiyu de Corrie team manager in 1994. In 1995 he became the manager of Racing Club before becoming Argentina’s manager between 2008 and 2010. He left after a dismal defeat in the World Cup and managed Al Wasl in 2011 and 2012 before hanging his boots.

Diego Maradona preferred his number 10 role and was better known for his vision, passing, ball control, speed, dribbling skills, quick reflexes and reaction.  He played in 4 FIFA World Cups including the 1986 final against West Germany in Mexico where Argentina won. He also won the Golden Ball as best player.

Maradona had scored twice in the quarter finals 2-1 win against England which became the highlight of the campaign. His first goal was called the ‘Hand of God’ as Maradona appeared to have guided the ball into the back of the net with his hand. His second goal was a spectacular solo effort where he dribbled past 5 English defenders.

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