The Original Argentine, The First Legend from Argentina, Diego Maradona who sadly died on Wednesday, was the footballs most spectacular hero. Every player in his generation and generations after wanted to play the beautiful game the way he did.
Diego Maradona A legend in the company of Muhammad Ali
Michel Platani once said, following France’s Worldcup win and the peak of Zidane’s career, “What Zidane could do with a football, Maradona could do with an orange.”
Maradona’s career peaked in the1986 Mexico World Cup. When he helped Argentina’s national soccer team win the World Cup, beating England. Four years later he almost did it again, taking an average Argentina team to the final of Italia 90. A game which was played so violently would that it could have been a fighting scene from Immortal Combat.
However, his career was dogged by controversy and in 1994, when he was sent home from the World Cup after being found guilty of doping. Overweight and loathed by FIFA and UEFA for always taking a stance against them and standing up for the little guy.
But this mercurial genius did what he did best with a ball at his feet
1994 FIFA World Cup
In the 1994 tournament, brilliant interplay, one-touch football outside the box and finished by Maradona in the top corner from 20 yards, he scored one of the best goals of the 1994 World Cup.
Italia 90 World Cup
A brilliant run by Maradona passing four Brazilians and passing a sublime pass to Cannigia to help beat Brazil to reach the quarter-final of the Italia 90 World cup.
Mexico 1986 World Cup
A squat man- leaves one for dead, leaves another for dead, dribbles past another, passes Shilton and scores the Greatest goals of all-time against England in the 1986 world cup.
In 2000, he survived a cocaine-induced heart failure. He later went to rehab. In recent years, he battled other health issues and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma several weeks ago.
His Memory Lives on
When you are younger you always believe your heroes will go on performing miracles for you, giving you moments with which to hang your childhood memories. If a picture paints a thousand words, then Maradona gave us an encyclopedia.
Tribute to the legend
Napoli FC is to rename the Stadio San Paolo stadium after Maradona, and yesterday the stadium was fully lit up throughout the night as a tribute to their favourite son. In Napoli, Maradona is equal to religion and he made history for them for giving them the only silverware in their history.
We leave you with this memory share by BT Sport by Gary Linekar. #RIPMaradona #10
"He had such an incredible passion for the game."
"I've never seen anyone have such a beautiful affection with a football."
A heartfelt tribute from @GaryLineker to the one and only Diego Maradona…
And a lovely story that sums up his genius ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ztAhYyNFIs
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 25, 2020
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