Diego Maradona was born on 30 October 1960 in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province, to parents of Italian descent who had emigrated from Corigliano d’Otranto, Apulia, Italy (his surname Maradona means Lady of the Sea in Apulian). As a child, Maradona was diagnosed with asthma, but he did not let this stop him from playing football; he was nicknamed El pibe de oro (The boy with the golden foot). He became part of the Buenos Aires football team that won the South American Youth Championship in 1979. Diego Maradona Early Career
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He almost died from a serious injury
Maradona had a rough childhood; his mother left when he was three years old, and he never really knew who his father was. As a teenager, he played football on urban pitches; while playing in one game, his team won 17–0. However, in another game shortly afterwards, he received a bad cut above his eye after colliding with another player. The injury required surgery and forced him to wear an eyepatch for months afterward. Diego Maradona Early Career.
When his career began to be affected by his alcoholism
After a third positive test for cocaine, his contract with Napoli was terminated. On 20 October 1991, in his first appearance after being suspended from football due to drug problems, Maradona played in a friendly game organised by Arnoldo Butti at Il Rigamonti stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The game was between Pumas de la UNAM (the Mexican national team) and Gran Canaria of Spain.
The suspension from 1994 World Cup
After taking drugs tests immediately before and after Argentina’s second round victory over Greece in 1994, FIFA took action against Maradona for failing a drug test for ephedrine. FIFA was prompted to take action when Italian newspaper La Repubblica revealed that nine of the 23 players at a pre-World Cup training camp had been on a diet consisting of liquids with high caffeine content including Coke and Pepsi.
- Born: 30 October 1960, Lanús, Argentina
- Died: 25 November 2020, Dique Luján, Argentina
- Height: 1.65 m
- Spouse: Claudia Villafañe (m. 1989–2004)
- Children: Giannina Maradona, Diego Sinagra, Dalma Maradona, Diego Fernando Maradona Ojeda, Jana Maradona
- Number: 10 (S.S.C. Napoli / Midfielder)
- Parents: Dalma Salvadora Franco, Diego Maradona
Injuries plagued his latter years
For most of his career, Maradona played without a left hand. He was born with a deformity in his left arm—the second finger is shorter than its neighbour and he has no thumb. It never stopped him from becoming one of Argentina’s best players ever! In 1986, he played in a World Cup quarterfinal against England but was sent off after punching referee John Lodge in retaliation for two controversial penalty calls that went against Argentina. Diego Maradona Early Career
His sudden retirement
In 1986, an Italian court banned him from any football-related activities for a year. He was arrested in 1991 and given a five-year ban by FIFA following his involvement in a doping scandal. After serving two years of that ban, he retired in 1997 at age 38.
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Diego Armando Maradona is widely regarded as one of football’s greatest playmakers, and he was recently named by FIFA as one of its top 125 greatest living players. The Argentine legend was made a member of that hallowed list despite being banned from football between 1991 and 1994 for taking drugs, reportedly cocaine. It seems odd that someone who has spent time on such lists would use drugs, but before his ban in 1991, he had already set up an operation to import illegal substances into Italy and Spain.
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10– argentina, napoli, italy
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Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional football player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of Read more…
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Diego married his childhood sweetheart Claudia Villafañe in 1990, and they have two daughters, Dalma Nerea (born 1992) and Gianina Gabriela (born 1995). From 2007 to 2011 Diego had a relationship with Venezuelan TV host Sasha Sokol. On 11 July 2012, Maradona married long-time partner Veronica Ojeda in Buenos Aires. Diego Maradona Early Career