Diego Armando Maradona, born October 30, 1960 in Buenos Aires, is an Argentine footballer. He moved to an attacking midfielder in the jersey number 10.
Nicknamed El Pibe de Oro ( "The golden boy"), Pelusa, Dieguito, or master, he is mentioned among the greatest players in football history alongside Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruijff and Michel Platini .
Player prodigy years 1980 and 1990, winner of the FIFA World Cup 1986, it is also one of the most controversial sport and society because of his unsavory relationships at that time, the positive control in 1994 during the American world and his addiction to cocaine, which greatly disrupted his career as a professional player.
On October 28, 2008, he was named coach of the Argentine national team.
The debut of El Pibe de Oro
Born in Lanus, city deprived of Greater Buenos Aires, Diego Maradona is the fourth child and first son of a poor family in Argentina. At age 11, he was noticed by a recruiter, Francis Cornejo which integrates the team cebollitas (small onions), the club's junior team of Argentinos Juniors. Very clever with the ball, he entertains audiences with his juggling at halftime of the first division matches. Despite his young age he is already attracting the media by his talent and amazes crowds. The newspapers will see the phenomenon as well as television. Thus, at 12, he told a TV interviewer came: "I have two dreams, play a World Cup, and won with Argentina.
Ten days before her sixteenth birthday, he made his professional debut with the team of Argentinos Juniors. He quickly became the leader of the team, making Argentinos Juniors, a club under the table, one of the biggest championship. It will not win any title but his first team, marking still 115 goals in 166 matches.
His talent is such that it honors its first selection February 27, 1977 at age 16. Cesar Luis Menotti, the coach, do not retain, however, to dispute the World Cup in 1978, still felt too young. But the coach to catch up a year later by naming him captain in charge of Argentina to win junior World Cup hopes. The trophy will be acquired in 1979 against the Soviet Union, defeated 3 to 1. He was voted best player of the tournament. The same year he won the Ballon d'Or Argentina.
In 1981, the Boca Juniors team spends a fortune to remove the prodigy to Argentinos. Maradona played only 2 seasons for the blue and gold of Buenos Aires, but they were certainly among the most significant of his career. He won the championship course, but especially humiliates the rival legendary Boca, River Plate by scoring two goals in the victory, and being heavily involved in the third. During this season, he registered 28 goals in 40 games.
In 1982, Maradona was bought by FC Barcelona for 12 million dollars U.S. to a team Boca Juniors, which was much indebted to the "pibe de oro". But before you even begin to Barcelona, Maradona's popularity is beginning seriously tarnished by his performance at the World Cup soccer 1982 just held in Spain, just before the season championship. Abused by rough defenders throughout the competition, the Argentine prodigy takes revenge by attacking the Brazilian Batista. He was expelled and Argentina was eliminated. The first stroke, quickly regretted, will be the first in a series of gestures that arouse controversy.
In Barcelona, the little Argentinian genius will be faced with problems he has never known before. Firstly, it is the hostility of a section of the public having a racist attitude towards the South American he encounters. Then, he must cope with very rough defenders, who do not hesitate to attack him in the eyes of referees. One of them, defender of Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea, broken ankle of Maradona and a few months away while land. In cold Udo Lattek coach Barca, Diego did not help his image with a hectic nightlife, where foam nightclubs. He himself confessed that it was also in Barcelona he began taking cocaine.
In 1984, Diego Maradona concludes his epic Barcelona being the cause of a brawl against Athletic Bilbao at the final of the Copa del Rey, with Juan Carlos. It was a reunion between El Pibe de Oro and executioner Andoni Goikoetxea. This new stroke mark Divorce Maradona with Spain.
Even if the period Barcelona has been a fiasco for Argentina - it was voted best player in the league during his first year Catalan, scored 38 goals in 58 games, won a Copa del Rey in 1983 and s is illustrated in many games - it is far from being the most brilliant of his career.
The rise of Naples
In 1984 he joined for $ 15 million U.S. dollars SSC Napoli, modest club of Italian Serie A where he was greeted as heroes. He quickly became a star within a workforce which is the true leader of the Neapolitan years game will be his best years in Europe. Supported by a population that recognizes a player with modest origins, the media personality of Maradona embodies the revolt against the rich and arrogant club in northern Italy as Juventus and AC Milan. Naples with Diego won a historic victory in Turin against Juventus scoring 6 goals. Tensions are still alive at that time between Italy's poor South and a rich northern Italy. Under the colors of Naples, Maradona won two championships in Italy in 1987 and 1990, an Italian Cup (1987), UEFA Cup (former Europa League) in 1989 and a Super Cup in Italy in 1990 . Never in the past the club had reached such a level.
The legend Maradona
Maradona was one of the best technical football. Dribbling unsurpassed ability to mystify the best defenders of his era, he could count on a good ball particularly fine. Its small size was far from being a failure because it allowed him to quickly change direction and make it almost imperceptible. The goal he score against England in the quarterfinals of the World Cup is thus very representative of his style and class. Great scorer, capable of scoring goals most unlikely, with some showmanship, he was also an outstanding passer who could occasionally become a strategist. Maradona mastered the entire register of the perfect offensive player.
However, if Maradona leaves the image of a controversial player, in part because he was capable of the best and the worst. Able to perform extraordinary feats, but also sink into violence and no longer control himself, to cheat, and also something that finally remains as the black point of his career, to take drugs. All these aspects explain why his career was both brilliant (World Cup 1986) and pathos (the suspension of the 1994 World Cup). The legend Maradona continues, now as coach Argentina's national football.
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