When talking about this one World Cup legend player, one would recall a controversial goal that he called "God's Hand Gol" and "Best Goal Throughout World Cup History" he scored in just one game.
Two very contradictory, ugly and extraordinary things, which merge into one, which may also represent his personality. Maradona is a figure that can not be forgotten lovers of universal football.
However, there are still many people eager to know who is the greatest of the two big names: Pele or Maradona? So how did the poor boy walk his way of life to become one of the world soccer worlds megabintang?
Poor Boy from Villa Fiorito Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30 October 1960 in Villa Fiorito, a slum town located southeast of Buenos Aires City. He was born from a poor family who moved to the city from Corrientes Province. Maradona was the fourth of six children. Three of her sisters are all women. However, Maradona has two younger brothers, Hugo (el Turco) and Eduardo (Lalo). Both also have a career as a football player, although only with mediocre achievements.
In his childhood, like a child his age, Maradona was fond of playing football in the streets around his residence. However, there is something special about this child. His skill to play the ball has gone far beyond the ability of his age children.
At the age of 10, Maradona was discovered by a soccer talent scout while he was playing for a club in his neighborhood, Estrella Roja. Later, he became the goalkeeper of a junior team in Buenos Aires, namely at Argentinos Juniors. While still a child of this goal, he often showed his ability to play the ball on the sidelines of the game break time. Many people are amazed at the skill.
Boca Juniors entered At the age of 15, he made his debut with Argentinos Juniors club. Here, he played from 1976 to 1981. After that, he was transferred by the Boca Junior club in 1981-1982. In a way, this is the beginning he entered the world of football league.
Maradona's gait in Argentina's national team began when he was 16 years old. At the age of 18, he strengthened the Argentina team in the Junior World Championship and showed his outstanding talent. At that time, Maradona-led Argentina team toppled the Russian team in the final with a score of 3-1.
Maradona's career skyrocketed. In 1982, in Spain, he was first included in the World Cup with the senior national team of Argentina. However, at the 1978 World Cup has actually been a lot of Argentine public who want Maradona to strengthen the senior national team Argentina. However, Argentina coach, Cesar Luis Menotti, considered he was too young to appear in as loud and as tough as the World Cup.
After the 1982 World Cup championship, Maradona was then transferred by the Barcelona club. At that time, Barcelona coached by Cesar Luis Menotti, and won the Spanish Copa title. While with Barcelona, for about a year, Maradona had suffered injuries from Athletic Bilbao players tackle, Andoni Goikoetxea.
In 1984, Maradona's turn was transferred by the Italian club Napoli. This is where he began to become a star player who revered his fans. When reinforced Maradona, Napoli indeed skyrocketed his achievements. The club won the Italian league (1986/1987 and 1989/1990), won the Copa Italia (1987), and took the top spot in the UEFA Cup (1989). In addition, Napoli also successfully became champion of the Italian Super Cup (1990). Maradona's club captain was also twice won the runners-up title in the Italian league.
Shine in Mexico
Maradona successfully brought the Argentine team into the 1986 World Cup champions in Mexico. In the final round, at that time Argentina won 3-2 over West Germany. In this tournament also two goals scored Maradona when Argentina against England in the quarter-final round made him famous. The first goal was the most controversial goal of World Cup history, while his second goal in the show really showed Maradona's unparalleled individual skills.
The first goal that eventually became the most controversial goal throughout the history of the World Cup was scored Maradona with the help of his hand. This is easily seen through the videotapes of the match. But, that time, the goal was passed referee. Later, Maradona called the goal "God's Hand Gol". The reason, according to Maradona, the goal involves "help" God so that the referee did not see it.
While the second goal scored Maradona in a way that is amazing. He brought the ball alone almost half the field. Then, he was also able to pass three English players before finally netted into the goal. This goal was voted "Best Score Throughout World Cup History" based on a polish
In the 1990 World Cup, Maradona still had time to lead the team Tango. He is also still believed to be the captain of the Argentine team who was then able to advance until the final round. However, then the Tango team was defeated by Germany 0-1.
At the 1994 World Cup, Maradona was included in the Argentina team. But, eventually he was discharged after a failed test on the use of doping. At that time, Maradona reasoned using doping (ephedrine) to lose weight in order to play in the World Cup, which, according to Maradona will feel bland without appearances on the field.
In 1992, Maradona left Napoli. Many of Maradona's memories in this city. In this city, for example, he also failed in the tests of drug use. In addition to proven to use cocaine, he was once suspected of having a relationship with the Italian mafia.Di Napoli is also Maradona battling a child named Diego Sinagra, who admitted is his biological child, with the mother of the child, Cristiana Sinagra. In 1993, this case must be brought to the green table in Italy.
After finishing his career at Napoli, he played in Sevilla FC (1992-1993), Newell's Old Boys (1993) and returned to play at Boca Juniors (1995-1997). Maradona had tried to become a coach. There are two clubs he has trained, Mandiyú of Corrientes (1994) and Racing Club (1995). But, as a coach he arguably did not work.
The wealthy and rising star finally resigned from football on October 30, 1997, right on his 37th birthday.
"I am the Diego"
Three years after his resignation, in 2000, Maradona published an autobiographical book entitled Yo Soy El Diego ("I am the Diego") which immediately became a best-selling book throughout Argentina. In that year he was also voted in a poll on the internet as "Player of the Century". But, apparently, FIFA then held a similar election won by Pele. Maradona was very disappointed with it.
In 2002, goals scored by Maradona against England in 1986 were voted "Best Goals Throughout World Cup History" in a poll organized by FIFA.
In his personal life, Maradona married Claudia Villafane on 7 Nov 1989 in Buenos Aires. The marriage took place after Maradona had two children with her boyfriend, Dalma Nerea (born in 1987) and Giannina Dinorah (1989). In 2004, they divorced. After that the relationship Maradona and Claudia more as a relationship between friends. In June 2005, they traveled together to Napoli for a series of honors they would receive from the townspeople.
Undermined Drug Problems
Around the 1990s, Maradona's health condition deteriorated due to his addiction to illicit drugs. Many times he is reportedly seen in a number of drug dependency healing clinics. Whereas in 2001, he was mostly in Cuba and the country's ruling friend Fidel Castro.
Maradona had suffered from a liver disorder caused by over-doses of cocaine on April 18, 2004. He was then treated specifically and intensively at a hospital in Buenos Aires. After recovering, in May 2004 he returned to Cuba. In January 2005, Maradona was seen to be at a kliik in Colombia for a medical checkup. Then, March 6, 2005, he announced it had gone through an operation to lose weight.
The public spotlight on him, the public thirst for the star's news, does make the news hunters unceasingly chasing wherever Maradona goes. As a result, Maradona often threatens journalists who trail him with firearms. "They have interfered with my privacy," Maradona usually defended against the threat with the firearm.
Many people argue, who is really the greatest footballer between Pele and Maradona. Both parties have their respective arguments as strong as to support their choice. Thus, more contradictions are generated than a definitive conclusion.
Debate about this one may indeed never endless. To be sure, until now, Maradona is also always the target of newsmen. Because, what he did, he said, still want to be heard and seen the devotees scattered in all corners of the universe. Indeed, it is hard to forget Maradona.
Careers at the Club
-Argentinos Juniors (1976-1981): 166 games (scored 116 goals)
-Boca Juniors (1981-1982, 1995-1997): 71 games (35 goals)
-Barcelona (1982-1984): 58 games (38 goals)
-SSC Napoli (1984-1991): 259 games (115 goals)
-Sevilla (1992-1993): 29 games (7 goals)
-Newell's Old Boys (1993): 5 games (0 goals)
Careers in the Argentine National Team
-1977-1994: 91 matches, (34 goals)
-21 matches in 4 World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994)
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