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Diego Armando Maradona Poster

Biography

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Overview (3)

Born in Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicknames El Pibe de Oro
The Golden Boy
Pelusa
Hand of god
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Diego Maradona was widely regarded as the best footballer in the world in the 1980s and his crowning achievement was his World Cup win with Argentina in 1986. He started his career at Argentinos Juniors and played his first game for Argentina in 1977, although he missed out on becoming part of the Argentina squad for the 1978 World Cup. In 1982, he moved to the Spanish club Barcelona, where he proved a prolific goalscorer. He also played for Argentina in the 1982 World Cup, although the team went out of the competition in the second phase after defeats by Italy and Brazil. Maradona was also sent off against Brazil.

Maradona left Barcelona for the Italian club Napoli in 1984. In 1986, Maradona went into the 1986 World Cup touted as the greatest player in the world and he didn't disappoint. He gave the most outstanding performances of any player, finishing with five goals (just one behind tournament top scorer Gary Lineker) as Argentina went all the way to the final, where they beat West Germany 3-2. Maradona won Serie A with Napoli in 1987 and 1990 as well as the UEFA Cup in 1989. He was also the Serie A top goalscorer in 1987-88.

Although Argentina progressed to the final of the 1990 World Cup, he didn't sparkle as he had done four years earlier and finished the tournament without scoring a goal. Maradona appeared to return to form at the 1994 World Cup by scoring a spectacular goal against Greece, but finished it in ignominy as he was ejected from the tournament after failing a drug test.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Claudia Villafañe (7 November 1989 - 7 March 2003) ( filed for divorce) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His controversial apparences and speeches.
He wore the number 10 jersey in the teams he played.

Trivia (22)

Diego Maradona, is known around the world as one of the best football players of all time. During his professional career he has played for the following clubs: Cebollitas (ARG), Argentinos Juniors (ARG), Boca Juniors (ARG), FC Barcelona (ESP), S.S.C. Napoli (ITA) and Sevilla F.C. (ESP) in all 840 games and 345 goals.
He also has appeared in 91 international matches for Argentina National Football Team and scored 34 goals.
In the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, which Argentina won 2-1 against England, Maradona scored the first goal for Argentina with his hand. The disputed goal was allowed and Maradona became an instant villain in England. He later described it as "The Hand of God". England manager Bobby Robson famously called it "The Hand of a Rascal".
Winner of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, which was Argentina's second (and to date) final World Cup win. He finished the tournament with five goals (one short of top scorer Gary Lineker). He scored both goals in the quarterfinal win against England and although he cheated for the first, the second is widely regarded as one of the greatest goals in World Cup history.
In Buenos Aires, fans have organized the "Church of Maradona" which celebrates the former soccer star. Maradona's 43rd birthday (30 October 2003) marks the start of the Year 43 D.D. - "despues de Diego," or After Diego - for its 200 members. 20,000 more people have become members via the Church's official web site.
Argentine rock group Los Piojos had a 1996 hit song dedicated to him called "Maradó".
He has battled drug addiction for years, and was taken into intensive care at a Buenos Aires clinic, where he is being treated for heart and blood pressure problems. He was taken to hospital after falling ill while watching his old team Boca Juniors play in the domestic league. [18 April 2004]
Honours with Boca Juniors: Argentine Primera División (1981 Metropolitano). Honours with Barcelona: Copa del Rey (1983); Copa de la Liga: (1983). Honours with Napoli: Serie A (1987, 1990); Coppa Italia (1987); UEFA Cup (1989); Supercoppa Italiana (1990).
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).
Although having good ratings, his show La noche del 10 (2005) was voted "worst television show of the year" in Argentina (2005).
Good friends with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. He also has a tattoo of 'Ernesto Che Guevara' on his right arm.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 25 when his one-time girlfriend Cristiana Sinagra gave birth to their son Diego Maradona Jr. on September 20, 1986 in Naples, Italy. Diego Maradona recognize him as his son in 2016.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 26 when his girlfriend [now ex-wife] Claudia Villafañe gave birth to their daughter Dalma Maradona on April 2, 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Became a father for the 3rd time at age 28 when his girlfriend [now ex-wife] Claudia Villafañe gave birth to their daughter Gianinna Maradona on May 16, 1989 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Made his Argentine Primera División debut in October 1976 against Talleres at the 15 age.
Was in a relationship with Verónica Ojeda (2005-2012).
Argentine singer Rodrigo dedicated his song "La mano de Dios" to him.
Singer Manu Chao dedicated his song "La vida tómbola" to him.
Became a father for the 5th time at age 52 when his ex-girlfriend Verónica Ojeda gave birth to their son Diego Fernando Maradona on February 13, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Diego Maradona recognize him as his son in March 2013.
Grandfather of Benjamín Agüero.
Became a father for the 4th time at age 35 when his one-time girlfriend Valeria Sabalain gave birth to their daughter Jana Maradona on April 4, 1996 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Diego Maradona recognize her as his daughter in 2014.
Was in an on-off relationship with Rocío Oliva (January 2013-2017).

Personal Quotes (2)

I like English football, always have. It's just that people go on about the World Cup in 1986 and then I'm seen as the real bad boy.
[about his life troubles] The ball must not be stained.

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