Diego Maradone

Diego Armando Maradone is widely considered the best former footballer in the sport and now manages the Argentine national team. He was first discovered at age 10 by a talent scout and became a well known name a few years later for having amazing feet and talent with the ball. It only went up hill from there. On 20 October 1976, just before his sixteenth Birthday, Maradona made his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors. Maradone can thank his talent on his compact physique and strong legs that helped him withstand great amounts of physical pressure and guide ball quickly towards the goal. Perhaps his trademark talent is being able to dribble the ball with impeccable speed down the field, and his quick accurate passes to his teammates. Another trademark was the Rabona, a reverse-cross pass shot behind the leg that holds all the weight. Over the course of his professional career he has earned 91 caps and 34 goals and played in 4 World Cup tournaments, one of which he captained and led his team to victory. As a result to his win, he was awarded the Golden Ball award in 1986 and was titled the tournament’s best player which entered him into soccer history. Among these titles he was also referred to having the “Hand of God” for his first un-penalized handball goal in the same tournament.

Later that game he managed to weave through 6 England players through 60 meters of grass before landing “The Goal of the Century.” Unfortunately with fame comes controversy and Maradone was good example. In 1991 Maradone was suspended from football for 15 months after failing a test for cocaine in Italy. Three years later he was sent home from the World Cup in USA for using ephedrine; an appetite suppressant. In 1997 Maradone retired from football and suffered unhealthy weight gain and overall heath. After overcoming his set back with rehab and surgery he was back on track and accomplishing a lot consecutively. In 2000 Maradona published an instant bestselling autobiography “Yo Soy Diego” (I am The Diego). In 2001 FIFA considered to retire Maradona’s jersey. Although he was unable to retire his number, he was granted the honor having a stadium named after him in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition. And in 2008 he became the manager of the Argentina national football team.

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