10 incredible moments from Diego Maradona’s life and career


November 25 is the anniversary of Diego Maradona’s death, just 60 years old, in 2020.

The Argentine legend was one of the great characters of football on and off the field and will forever be remembered as one of its best players ever.

These are 10 memorable moments from his entire life and career …

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Maradona was a star from a young age / AFP / GettyImages

Maradona was just 15 years old when he made his senior debut for Argentinos Juniors in the Primera Division, the league’s youngest player ever at the time. Within minutes, he had beaten Talleres Juan Domingo Cabrera.

Maradona Realized Dreaming Of Playing For Boca Juniors 1981 / GABRIEL DUVAL / GettyImages

In 1981, Maradona switched Argentinos Juniors to Boca Juniors, the club he dreamed of playing for while growing up. Later that year, he won the Primera Division in Metropolitano half the season.

Barcelona paid a world record transfer fee for Maradona / JOEL ROBINE / GettyImages

After landing in Spain to play for Argentina at the 1982 World Cup, Maradona also took the time to sign for Barcelona in a world record transfer worth the equivalent of £ 5 million.

Maradona’s “Hand of God” shocked the world / El Grafico / GettyImages

Maradona’s most infamous goal needs some introduction. “God’s hand” helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup, along with a fantastic solo goal later in the same match.

Maradona lifted the World Cup as Argentina’s captain / El Grafico / GettyImages

After missing the selection for the 1978 World Cup at home, Maradona got her hands on the trophy eight years later when Argentina beat West Germany in an exciting 3-2 final in Mexico City.

Maradona took Napoli to incredible new heights / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

During his third season in Naples, after becoming the most expensive player in the world for the second time, Maradona inspired the club to the Serie A title – only the second team ever outside of Rome or Italy’s rich north to do so. They also won the Coppa Italia for a domestic double.

Argentina barely lost the 1990 World Cup final / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Maradona played in his second World Cup final in 1990. In the previous round, he had made the winning penalty in a penalty shootout against hosts Italy in his adopted home Naples.

Maradona dropped out of international football in 1994 / DANIEL GARCIA / GettyImages

Maradona’s last appearance in a World Cup, as well as his last ever appearance for Argentina, came in a famous match against Greece in 1994. He scored a famous goal and celebrated with wide eyes in front of TV cameras, before failing a drug test and being sent home.

Maradona led Argentina as coach in 2010 / Cameron Spencer / GettyImages

After overcoming serious health problems in the early 2000s, Maradona returned to football when he was named Argentina’s coach in 2008 and led the team at the 2010 World Cup. It would not be a great triumph, but it brought him back to the world of football.

The football world mourns Maradona’s untimely death 2020 / Marco Cantile / GettyImages

Maradona’s death in November 2020 at the age of only 60 was a tragedy for the whole of football. His passing was mourned all over the world but served to underline his legacy in the sport and the impact he had and will continue to have on generations of players and fans.

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