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Diego Armando Maradona Franco, born 30 October 1960 in Buenos Aires, is an Argentine former footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as for the national team of Argentina. Many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans regard Maradona as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.

At the age of 10, Maradona joined “Los Cebollitas”, the youth team of Argentinos Juniors and he started to show his prodigious ability, he led his team to an awesome 136 unbeaten streak games.
At the unusual age of 15, he made his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors during a match against Talleres de Córdoba. With Argentinos he was 5 times in a row top scorer into the Argentina first division tournaments (Metropolitano and Nacional) between 1978 and 1980.

In 1977 at the age of 16 he made his international debut with Argentina National Team during a match against Hungary and he scored his first international goal two years later, against Scotland at Hampden Park.
In 1979, he led the Argentina Under-20 team to win the World Cup played in Japan, he got the Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.

In 1981, Maradona was transferred to Boca Juniors and achieved the Metropolitano championship in his first year with the club.
In 1982, Maradona was transferred to FC Barcelona and he won Spanish League Cup and Copa del Rey before left the team to be transferred to SS Napoli from Italy in 1984, In this club Maradona got his biggest success achieving several tournaments for first time into this club’s history.

A playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona is the only player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5m, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9m. 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 where he won numerous accolades. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona's exceptional vision, passing, ball control, dribbling skills, speed, reflexes and thinking time was combined with his small size (he was 5'5", or 1.65m) giving him a low center of gravity which allowed him to be more maneuverable than most other football players; he would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run. His presence on the pitch would have a great effect on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.

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. In the 1986 World Cup quarter final, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England that entered football history for two different reasons. The first goal was an unpenalized handling foul known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players, voted "The Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

Maradona coached two clubs in Argentina, Deportivo Mandiyu and Racing Club, as well UAE club Al Wasl. In 2008, he was appointed as the head coach of the Argentina National Team until 2010 World Cup.

1960

Maradona is born

1971

Scouted age 11 for the junior team of Argentinos Juniors

1976

Makes his professional debut aged 15

1977

Makes his full international debut for Argentina aged just 16

1978

Top scorer of the Argentina’s First Division Championship

1979

Scores his first international goal and wins the Under-20 World Cup in Japan

1980

Top scorer of the Argentina’s First Division Championship (Fifth time in a row)

1981

Transfer to Boca Juniors for $ 1.96 million and wins the Argentina First Division Championship

1982

Plays his first World Cup for Argentina scoring twice. Afterwards he is transferred to FC Barcelona from Spain for a then world record $9.81 million

1983

Wins the Spanish League Cup and Copa del Rey with FC Barcelona

1984

Transferred to Napoli from Italy and 70.000 spectators welcomed him at the San Paolo Stadium

1985

Named UNICEF ambassador

1986

Wins the World Cup with Argentina in Mexico. Is Golden Ball (Best Player of the tournament)

1987

Wins the Italian Serie A and the Italian Cup With Napoli. Is top scorer in Italian Serie A.

1988

Italian Cup top scorer with Napoli

1989

Wins UEFA Cup with Napoli

1990

World Cup Runner-up with Argentina in Italy. Wins his second Italian Serie A and Italian Super Cup with Napoli.

1992

Transfer to Sevilla from Spain

1993

Wins Artemio Franchi Trophy with Argentina and is transferred to Newell’s Old Boys from Argentina

1994

Plays his fourth World Cup with Argentina, in United States.

1995

Comes back to Boca Juniors

1997

Plays his last official game against River Plate aged 36.

2001

Enjoys a tribute match surrounded by many football stars.

  • 585

    Matches Played

  • 9

    Club Trophies

  • 311

    Goals Scored

Clubs
  • argentina juniors

    AA Argentinos Juniors
    1976 - 1981

  • boca juniors

    CA Boca Juniors
    1981 - 1982 & 1995 - 1997

  • barcelona

    FC Barcelona
    1982 - 1984

  • napoli

    SS Calcio Napoli
    1984 - 1992

  • sevilla

    Sevilla FC
    1992 – 1993

  • newells old boys

    CA Newell's Old Boys
    1993

Club Titles Won

  • Argentine Primera División: 1981 Metropolitano
    Boca Juniors
  • Copa del Rey: 1983
    Copa de la Liga: 1983
    Supercopa de España: 1983
    FC Barcelona
  • Serie A (2): 1986-87, 1989-90
    Coppa Italia: 1986-87
    UEFA Cup: 1988-89
    Supercoppa Italiana: 1990
    SS Napoli
Argentina National Team
  • argentina
  • 91

    Matches Played
  • 34

    Goals Scored
  • 4

    World Cups Played

Argentina National Team Titles Won

  • FIFA World Youth Championship: 1979
  • 75th anniversary FIFA Cup: 1979
  • FIFA World Cup: 1986
  • Artemio Franchi Trophy: 1993
Individual Honors
  • Argentine Primera División top scorers (5):
  • 1978 Metropolitano, 1979 Metropolitano, 1979 Nacional, 1980 Metropolitano, 1980 Nacional[172]
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball: 1979
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Shoe: 1979
  • World Player of the Year (Guerin Sportivo): 1979
  • Argentine Football Writers' Footballer of the Year (4): 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986
  • South American Footballer of the Year (2): (official award) 1979, 1980
  • Olimpia de Oro (2): 1979, 1986
  • Guerin d'Oro (Serie A Footballer of the Year): 1985
  • Onze de Bronze (2): 1985, 1988
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Most Assists: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (2): 1986, 1990
  • Onze d'Or (2): 1986, 1987
  • Argentine Sports Writers' Sportsman of the Year: 1986
  • L'Équipe Champion of Champions: 1986
  • United Press International Athlete of the Year Award: 1986
  • World Soccer Awards Player of the Year: 1986
  • South American Player of the Year (4): (unofficial award) 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992
  • Capocannoniere (Serie A top scorer): 1987–88
  • Coppa Italia top scorer: 1987-88
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 1990
  • Onze d'Or (top player of the year for the Onze Mondial French newspaper): 1994
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • South American Team of the Year: 1995
  • Ballon d'Or for services to football (France Football): 1996
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
  • World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century: (#2) 1999
  • Argentine Sports Writers' Sportsman of the Century: 1999
  • Marca Leyenda: 1999
  • Number 10 retired by Napoli football team as a recognition to his contribution to the club: 2000
  • FIFA Player of the Century: 2000
  • FIFA Goal of the Century (for his second goal against England in 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-final): 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
  • Golden Foot: 2003, as football legend
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
  • Argentine Senate "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" recognition for lifetime achievement: 2005
  • World Soccer Greatest XI of all time: 2013
  • Napoli all-time Top Scorer