Diego Maradona

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Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona 2012 2.jpg
Maradona as manager of Al-Wasl in May 2012
Personal information
Full name Diego Armando Maradona[upper-alpha 1]
Date of birth (1960-10-30)30 October 1960
Place of birth Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 25 November 2020(2020-11-25) (aged 60)
Place of death Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Second striker[3][4][5][6]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Argentinos Juniors 167 (116)
1981–1982 Boca Juniors 40 (28)
1982–1984 Barcelona 36 (22)
1984–1991 Napoli 188 (81)
1992–1993 Sevilla 26 (5)
1993–1994 Newell's Old Boys 5 (0)
1995–1997 Boca Juniors 30 (7)
Total 491 (259)
National team
1977–1979 Argentina U20 15 (8)
1977–1994 Argentina 91 (34)
Teams managed
1994 Textil Mandiyú
1995 Racing Club
2008–2010 Argentina
2011–2012 Al-Wasl
2013–2017 Deportivo Riestra (assistant)
2017–2018 Fujairah
2018–2019 Dorados de Sinaloa
2019–2020 Gimnasia de La Plata
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Diego Armando Maradona Franco (30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020) was an Argentine football player and manager. He was nicknamed El Diez, Pelusa, El Diego and El pibe de oro. He won the World Cup in Mexico in the year of 1986.

Fame[change | change source]

He is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time.[7] At age 25, Diego Maradona was the main figure of Argentina's drive to its 1986 World Cup. His great skill and moves reserved him a spot in soccer history and as one of the best players. Once he controlled the ball for more than half of the entire field, beating English defenders, he kicked the ball off his left leg into the net, juking out the goalkeeper. The World Cup made Maradona the most famous soccer player after Pele from Brazil. Even the British named him "athlete of the decade."

Death[change | change source]

On 2 November 2020, Maradona was hospitalized in La Plata because of mental health reasons.[8] A day later, he had emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma.[9] He was released on 12 November after successful surgery.[10]

On 25 November 2020, Maradona died of a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 60.[11]

Club career statistics[change | change source]

Club performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ArgentinaLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1976 Argentinos Juniors Primera División 11 2 - - 11 2
1977 49 19 - - 49 19
1978 35 25 - - 35 25
1979 27 26 - - 27 26
1980 45 43 - - 45 43
1981 Boca Juniors Primera División 40 28 - - 40 28
1982 0 0 - - 0 0
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1982/83 Barcelona La Liga 20 11 5 3 4 5 29 19
1983/84 16 11 4 1 3 3 23 15
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1984/85 Napoli Serie A 30 14 6 3 - 36 17
1985/86 29 11 2 2 - 31 13
1986/87 29 10 10 7 2 0 41 17
1987/88 28 15 9 6 2 0 39 21
1988/89 26 9 12 7 12 3 50 19
1989/90 28 16 3 2 5 0 36 18
1990/91 18 6 3 2 4 2 25 10
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1992/93 Sevilla La Liga 26 5 3 3 - 29 8
ArgentinaLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1993/94 Newell's Old Boys Primera División 7 0 - - 7 0
1995/96 Boca Juniors Primera División 11 3 - - 11 3
1996/97 13 2 - - 13 2
1997/98 6 2 - - 6 2
Country Argentina 240 150 - - 240 150
Spain 62 27 12 7 7 8 81 42
Italy 188 81 54 29 25 5 267 115
Total 490 258 66 36 32 13 588 307

International career statistics[change | change source]

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Argentina national team
YearAppsGoals
1977 3 0
1978 1 0
1979 8 3
1980 10 7
1981 2 1
1982 10 2
1983 0 0
1984 0 0
1985 10 6
1986 10 7
1987 6 4
1988 3 1
1989 7 0
1990 10 1
1991 0 0
1992 0 0
1993 4 0
1994 7 2
Total 91 34

Notes[change | change source]

  1. According to FC Barcelona's official website, his surname is the single "Maradona", in accordance with Argentine customs.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Profile: Diego Armando Maradona". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. "Diego Maradona: Profile". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. Maradona tricks and skills videos of the best soccer, football players ever. Football-tricks.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  4. Diego Maradona dominated 1986 World Cup after position switch – Jonathan Wilson – SI.com. Sportsillustrated.cnn.com (27 May 2010). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  5. Diego Maradona: ‘The Soccer Guru’ Archived 2 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. The Viewspaper (25 June 2010). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  6. Diego Maradona – Profile of Soccer Player Diego Maradona. Worldsoccer.about.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  7. "Sports Illustrated on CNN.com".
  8. Rey, Deborah; McStay, Kirsten (3 November 2020). "Football legend Diego Maradona admitted to hospital with signs of depression". Daily Record. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  9. "Argentina great Maradona to have emergency brain surgery". ESPN. 3 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  10. CNN, Tatiana Arias and Hugo Correa. "Diego Maradona discharged from clinic following successful brain surgery". CNN. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  11. "Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60". BBC News. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  12. "Diego Armando Maradona - International Appearances". www.rsssf.com.