"Maradona" redirects here. [253] When Maradona resumed public appearances shortly thereafter, he displayed a notably thinner figure. If each one of us gives something to someone else, no one in the world would be starving. [103] In the second game, a 2–1 victory over Nigeria which was to be his last game for Argentina, he set up both of his team's goals on free kicks, the second an assist to Caniggia. On 29 October 2008, AFA chairman Julio Grondona confirmed that Maradona would be the head coach of the national team. "[292] President Alberto Fernández announced three days of national mourning. [246][247], Maradona's great-nephew Hernán López is also a professional footballer. [40], The mass brawl was played out in front of the Spanish King Juan Carlos and an audience of 100,000 fans inside the stadium, and more than half of Spain watching on television. "[236], Born to a Roman Catholic family, his parents were Diego Maradona Senior and Dalma Salvadora Franco. In 1950, they left Esquina and settled in Buenos Aires. [307] Three years earlier Maradona had conducted a workshop with 100 kids in the stadium and played a charity match at the same venue with former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly. [36] With the manner in which the goal was scored resulting in applause from opposition fans, only Ronaldinho (in November 2005) and Andrés Iniesta (in November 2015) have since been granted such an ovation as Barcelona players from Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu. It was West Germany's last World Cup match; the team played three more games before a unified German team was formed later in 1990, as a result of the reunification of the country after more than 40 years.[1]. [7], Maradona arrived in Naples and was presented to the world media as a Napoli player on 5 July 1984, where he was welcomed by 75,000 fans at his presentation at the Stadio San Paolo. For the 2019 documentary film, see, "When Diego came to Argentinos Juniors for trials, I was really struck by his talent and couldn't believe he was only eight years old. The question is, which Maradona will show for the World Cup? Jimmy Burns (2011) "Maradona: The Hand of God". Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona was coyly evasive, describing it as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God". In 2005, he came to Venezuela to meet Chávez, who received him in the Miraflores Palace. [234] On 27 July, however, the AFA announced that its board had unanimously decided not to renew his contract, and instead awarded the job to 1978 World Cup winning captain and his 1986 teammate, Daniel Passarella. [68], During his time with the Argentina national team, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances. "Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend", Jimmy Burns. ...Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame. [19][20], On 20 October 1976, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors, 10 days before his 16th birthday,[21] vs. Talleres de Córdoba. He had a way of being, and that idea of talking to him honestly about how a typical week transpired was pretty amazing." Codesal once again said to play on, amid penalty shouts from the Argentinian midfielder. The only match Argentina played during Maradona's ban was a friendly away to Catalonia, which they lost 4–2. Maradona won the Internet-based poll, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé. [31] That would be the only title won by Maradona in the Argentine domestic league. [93] In a tribute to him, Azteca Stadium authorities built a statue of him scoring the "Goal of the Century" and placed it at the entrance of the stadium. [277], Maradona in his 2000 autobiography Yo Soy El Diego linked the "Hand of God" goal against England at the 1986 World Cup to the Falklands War: "Although we had said before the game that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas [Falklands] War, we knew they had killed a lot of Argentine boys there, killed them like little birds. "People on People: The Oxford Dictionary of Biographical Quotations". An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona was the first player to set the world record transfer fee twice: in 1982 when he transferred to Barcelona for £5 million, and in 1984 when he moved to Napoli for a fee of £6.9 million. After a mostly eventless first half, the West Germans had a few chances at the start of the second half. [34] In 1983, under coach César Luis Menotti, Barcelona and Maradona won the Copa del Rey (Spain's annual national cup competition), beating Real Madrid, and the Spanish Super Cup, beating Athletic Bilbao. Diego Junior met Maradona for the first time in May 2003 after tricking his way onto a golf course in Italy where Maradona was playing. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"), a name that stuck with him throughout his career. [216] On 13 June 2019, after Dorados failed to clinch promotion to the Mexican top flight, Maradona's lawyer announced that he would be stepping down from the role, citing health reasons. "[73] Maradona had a portrait of Castro tattooed on his left leg and one of Fidel's second in command, fellow Argentine Che Guevara on his right arm. Pelé scored more goals. It was impossible to score such a beautiful goal. ", "Pelé or Diego Maradona: Who is the Greatest Soccer Player of All Time? 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Free shipping for many products! [308] On 28 November, Pakistan Football Federation's main cup PFF National Challenge Cup honoured Maradona along with Wali Mohammad. I'd never felt like that before, but it's true... and not just because it was such an important game. [274] Having visited Chávez's tomb with Maradona, Maduro said, "Speaking with Diego was very emotional because comandante Chávez also loved him very much. His first goal of the tournament came against Italy in the second group game in Puebla. p. 193. 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They travelled together to Naples for a series of homages in June 2005 and were seen together on other occasions, including the Argentina games during 2006 World Cup. [225][226] After Argentina's qualification, Maradona used abusive language at the live post-game press conference, telling members of the media to "suck it and keep on sucking it". Regular penalty taker Matthäus had been forced to replace his boots during the match and did not feel comfortable in the new ones,[12] so Andreas Brehme took his place and converted the spot kick with a low right footed shot to the goalkeeper's right. [88][89] By the end of the World Cup, Maradona went on to win the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament by unanimous vote and was widely regarded to have won the World Cup virtually single-handedly, something that he later stated he did not entirely agree with. The organization reformulates many elements from Christian tradition, such as Christmas or prayers, reflecting instead details from Maradona. "Barca: A People's Passion". [12] He was the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata from September 2019 until his death in November 2020. [205] In November 2005, however, Maradona rejected an offer to work with Argentina's national football team. They all speak of the fact that he did not train, but it was not true because Diego was the last person to leave the pitch, it was necessary to send him away because otherwise he would stay for hours to invent free kicks. "[169] Maradona's former Napoli manager – Ottavio Bianchi – also praised his discipline in training, commenting: "Diego is different to the one that they depict. Maradona il più forte di sempre, ma a Van Basten è stato ancora più difficile prendere la palla", "Ibrahimovic: Maradona's off-field antics don't matter", "Pelè è più forte di Maradona, Zidane 3°, Baggio 9°: i migliori 10 secondo la Fifa", "The World Cup's top 100 footballers: by nationality, goals scored and votes", “Ranked! If you've seen Diego Maradona with a football at his feet, you'll understand. [8] A 2002 Channel 4 poll in the UK saw his performance ranked number 6 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. "[328] He added, "...I was fascinated by his journey, wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama. West Germany became the first team to play in three consecutive finals (they played in the 1982 and 1986 finals), a feat only repeated by Brazil in 1994, 1998, and 2002. A genuine phenomenon. After dismissing Dezotti, Codesal was surrounded and jostled by the rest of the Argentinian team. Kapadia stated that " [35] Maradona dribbled past Madrid goalkeeper Agustín, and as he approached the empty goal, he stopped just as Madrid defender Juan José came sliding in an attempt to block the shot. Free shipping . [13] After two months in charge he left the club on 19 November. [280][281], On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata, supposedly for psychological reasons. [25], Maradona spent five years at Argentinos Juniors, from 1976 to 1981, scoring 115 goals in 167 appearances before his US$ 4 million transfer to Boca Juniors. Hounded for years by the press, Maradona once fired a compressed-air rifle at reporters whom he claimed were invading his privacy. He's the greatest player of all time, by a long way. I played with him and I can tell you how technically decisive he was for the team". [273] In April 2013, Maradona visited the tomb of Hugo Chávez and urged Venezuelans to elect the late leader's designated successor, Nicolás Maduro, to continue the socialist leader's legacy; "Continue the struggle," Maradona said on television. Both Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis and the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris expressed their desire to rename their stadium after Maradona, which was unanimously approved by Naples City Council. "[272], In December 2007, Maradona presented a signed shirt with a message of support to the people of Iran: it is displayed in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' museum. [228] The friendly match scheduled to take place at home to the Czech Republic on 15 December, during the period of the ban, was cancelled. He was fouled repeatedly in all five games and particularly in the last one against Brazil at the Sarrià, a game that was blighted by poor officiating and violent fouls. John H Kerr (2004). [197], In 2000, he won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. [135][136] While he was primarily a creative playmaker, Maradona was also known for his finishing and goalscoring ability. Routledge, 2008, Susan Ratcliffe (2001). [45] Goldblatt wrote, "The celebrations were tumultuous. [275][276] During the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, the Mexican Football Federation fined him for violating their code of ethics and dedicating a team victory to Nicolás Maduro. [104] His failed drug test at the 1994 World Cup signalled the end of his international career, which lasted 17 years and yielded 34 goals from 91 games, including one winner's medal and one runners-up medal in the World Cup. [63] On 4 December 2020, nine days after Maradona's death, Napoli's home stadium was renamed Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. [188] In a 2014 FIFA poll, Maradona was voted the second-greatest number 10 of all-time, behind only Pelé,[189] and later that year, was ranked second in The Guardian's list of the 100 greatest World Cup players of all-time, ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, once again behind Pelé. This started a chain reaction of emotional reactions from both teams. [45] Other honours during the Maradona era at Napoli included the Coppa Italia in 1987 (as well as a second-place finish in the Coppa Italia in 1989), the UEFA Cup in 1989, and the Italian Supercup in 1990. At the World Cup finals in June 2010, Argentina started by winning 1–0 against Nigeria, followed by a 4–1 victory over South Korea on the strength of a Gonzalo Higuaín hat-trick. He would help him psychologically, talk to him about philosophy, and things like that. He showed leadership qualities on the field and captained Argentina in their World Cup campaigns of 1986, 1990, and 1994. [35][37], Due to illness and injury as well as controversial incidents on the field, Maradona had a difficult tenure in Barcelona. [279], In March 2009, Italian officials announced that Maradona still owed the Italian government €37 million in local taxes, €23.5 million of which was accrued interest on his original debt. He was in charge of the team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before leaving at the end of the tournament. [290], — Pelé paying tribute following Maradona's death[291], In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed "its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend", adding: "You will always be in our hearts. Brian Glanville, The story of the World Cup: The essential Guide to South Africa, 2010, pp. [169][179][180], A controversial figure in the sport, while he earned critical acclaim from players, pundits, and managers over his playing style, he also drew criticism in the media for his temper and confrontational behaviour, both on and off the pitch. Argentina became the competition's first finalist not to score, with only one shot on goal. pp. The Neapolitans held mock funerals for Juventus and Milan, burning their coffins, their death notices announcing 'May 1987, the other Italy has been defeated. There's still so much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to his relatives. [38] First a bout of hepatitis, then a broken ankle in a La Liga game at the Camp Nou in September 1983 caused by a reckless tackle by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea—nicknamed "the Butcher of Bilbao"—threatened to jeopardize Maradona's career, but with treatment and rehabilitation, it was possible for him to return to the pitch after a three-month recovery period.