The Argentinian icon started his football in his country, where his victories resulted in a transition to Barcelona, however, his move was not even close as effective as that of Lionel Messi, his countryman, and otherworldly successor.
Diego Maradona has without a doubt become famous as perhaps the best player ever to play the sport of football, however, discussion encompassed his profession, and he has become one of the most infamous football players at any point seen, just as one of the most celebrated.
Here are 10 amazing and unbelievable facts you probably did not know:
- Diego Maradona was born on the edges of Buenos Aires on October 30, 1960.
- When he transferred to Napoli from Barcelona, he was welcomed by 75,000 fans when presented on July 5, 1984, as a Napoli player. His arrival raised a hope of the fans and they believed that the saviour had arrived.
- He elevated the club to new height in its era and Napoli won its maiden Serie A Italian Championship in 1986-87. He forged a partnership with BrunoGiordano and Careca to take Napoli to its second title in 1989-90. They were called ‘Ma-Gi-Ca’ (Magic) front line.
- He and Lionel Messi are the only players to have won the Golden Ball at both FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup. He played in 1979 and 1986 FIFA World Cup.
- In the 1982 World Cup quarter-final match against England, Argentina won 2-1 after a controversial goal was scored by Maradona with his hand. The goal came to be known as the “Hand of God.”
- In the same match, Maradona’s second goal was voted as “Goal of the Century” in a 2002 online poll conducted by FIFA. He received the ball in his own half and dribbled past five English players with 11 touches, covering more than half of the ground to score the goal.
- Konex Foundation from Argentina granted him Diamond Konex Award in 1990, one of the most prestigious cultural awards in Argentina. He was awarded for his contribution to sports.
- He captained his national team on 16 games and holds the record for showing up as skipper of any nation in the FIFA World Cup.
- He assisted Boca Juniors to earn the title in 1982 preceding making a transition to Barcelona. Yet, he moved to Napoli in 1984 and assisted them to win their two Serie A championship in 1987 and 1990.
- One of the unbelievable facts about Diego Maradona is that he sniffed cocaine on the pitch. Reportedly this occurrence happened following he scored the triumphant goal in a worldwide All-Star game in Pasadena a month after the finish of the 1986 World Cup. While celebrating he sniffed something off his hand which is accepted to be cocaine.