Diego Maradona

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Diego Maradona
File:Argentina celebrando copa (cropped).jpg
Maradona with Argentina after winning the 1986 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Diego Armando Maradona[1]
Date of birth October 30, 1960
Place of birth Lanús, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Date of death 25 November 2020(2020-11-25) (aged 60)
Place of death Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Second striker[3][4][5][6]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Argentinos Juniors 167 (116)
1981–1982 Boca Juniors 40 (28)
1982–1984 Barcelona 36 (22)
1984–1991 Napoli 188 (81)
1992–1993 Sevilla 26 (5)
1993–1994 Newell's Old Boys 5 (0)
1995–1997 Boca Juniors 30 (7)
Total 491 (259)
National team
1977–1979 Argentina U20 15 (8)
1977–1994 Argentina 91 (34)
Teams managed
1994 Deportivo Mandiyú
1995 Racing Club
2008–2010 Argentina
2011–2012 Al-Wasl
2013–2017 Deportivo Riestra (assistant)
2017–2018 Fujairah
2018–2019 Dorados de Sinaloa
2019–2020 Gimnasia de La Plata

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Diego Armando Maradona (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo maɾaˈðona]; October 30, 1960 – November 25, 2020) was an Argentinian professional football player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.[7][8] Maradona's vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature (1.65 metres (5 ft 5 in), which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to maneuver better than most other football players; he would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run. His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. In addition to his creative abilities, he possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free-kick specialist. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Kid"), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.[9]

An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then-world record £5 million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9 million.[10] He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys during his club career, and is most famous for his time at Napoli and Barcelona where he won numerous accolades.

In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. In the 1986 World Cup quarter final, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England that entered football history for two different reasons. The first goal was an unpenalized handling foul known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players, voted "Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.[11]

Maradona became the coach of Argentina's national football team in November 2008. He was in charge of the team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before leaving at the end of the tournament. He then coached Dubai-based club Al Wasl in the UAE Pro-League for the 2011–12 season. In 2017, Maradona became the coach of Fujairah before leaving at the end of the season.[12] In May 2018, Maradona was announced as the new chairman of Belarusian club Dynamo Brest.[13] He arrived in Brest and was presented by the club to start his duties in July.[14] From September 2018 to June 2019, Maradona was coach of Mexican club Dorados.[15] He was the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata from 2019 until his death in 2020.[16]

Early years

File:Maradona torneos evita.jpg
Maradona playing at the Torneos Evita in 1973 (a national sporting event in Argentina) with the "Cebollitas"

"When Diego came to Argentinos Juniors for trials, I was really struck by his talent and couldn't believe he was only eight years old. In fact, we asked him for his ID card so we could check it, but he told us he didn't have it on him. We were sure he was having us on because, although he had the physique of a child, he played like an adult. When we discovered he'd been telling us the truth, we decided to devote ourselves purely to him."

—Francisco Cornejo, youth coach who discovered Maradona[17]

Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30 October 1960, at the Policlínico (Polyclinic) Evita Hospital in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province to a poor family that had moved from Corrientes Province; he was raised in Villa Fiorito, a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina.[18] He was the first son after four daughters. He has two younger brothers, Hugo (el Turco) and Raúl (Lalo), both of whom were also professional football players. His father Diego Maradona "Chitoro" (1927–2015) was Guaraní, and his mother Dalma Salvadora Franco 'Doña Tota' (1930–2011) was of Italian descent.[19] Narciso Binayán, an Argentine journalist also reported that he had distant Croatian ancestry.[20]

Maradona's parents were both born and brought up in the town of Esquina in the north-east province of Corrientes Province, living only two hundred metres from each other on the banks of the Corriente River. In 1950, they left Esquina and settled in Buenos Aires. Maradona received his first soccer ball as a gift at age 3 and quickly became devoted to the game.[21] At age eight, Maradona was spotted by a talent scout while he was playing in his neighbourhood club Estrella Roja. He became a staple of Los Cebollitas (The Little Onions), the junior team of Buenos Aires's Argentinos Juniors. As a 12-year-old ball boy, he amused spectators by showing his wizardry with the ball during the halftime intermissions of first division games.[22] He named Brazilian playmaker Rivelino and Manchester United winger George Best among his inspirations growing up.[23][24]

Club career

Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors

File:Maradona cano debut.jpg
Maradona's most famous nutmeg, the day he debuted in Primera División, 20 October 1976

On October 20, 1976, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors, 10 days before his 16th birthday,[25] vs. Talleres de Córdoba. He entered to the pitch wearing the number 16 jersey, and became the youngest player in the history of Argentine Primera División. Few minutes after debuting, Maradona kicked the ball through Juan Domingo Cabrera's legs, making a nutmeg that would become legendary.[26] After the game, Maradona said, "That day I felt I had held the sky in my hands."[27] Thirty years later, Cabrera remembered Maradona's debut: "I was on the right side of the field and went to press him, but he didn't give me a chance. He made the nutmeg and when I turned around, he was far away from me".[28] Maradona scored his first goal in the Primera División against Marplatense team San Lorenzo on 14 November 1976, two weeks after turning 16.[29]

Maradona spent five years at Argentinos Juniors, from 1976 to 1981, scoring 115 goals in 167 appearances before his US$ 4 million transfer to Boca Juniors.[30] Maradona received offers to join other clubs, including River Plate who offered to make him the club's best paid player.[31] Nevertheless, Maradona expressed his will to be transferred to Boca Juniors, the team he always wanted to play for.[32]

Maradona signed a contract with Boca Juniors on 20 February 1981. He made his debut two days later against Talleres de Córdoba, scoring twice in the club's 4–1 win. On 10 April, Maradona played his first Superclásico against River Plate at La Bombonera stadium. Boca defeated River 3–0 with Maradona scoring a goal after dribbling past Alberto Tarantini and Fillol.[33] Despite the distrustful relationship between Maradona and Boca Juniors manager, Silvio Marzolini,[34] Boca had a successful season, winning the league title after securing a point against Racing Club.[35] That would be the only title won by Maradona in the Argentine domestic league.[36]


"He had complete mastery of the ball. When Maradona ran with the ball or dribbled through the defence, he seemed to have the ball tied to his boots. I remember our early training sessions with him: the rest of the team were so amazed that they just stood and watched him. We all thought ourselves privileged to be witnesses of his genius."

—Barcelona teammate Lobo Carrasco[37]

After the 1982 World Cup, in June, Maradona was transferred to Barcelona in Spain for a then world record fee of £5 million ($7.6 million).[38] In 1983, under coach César Luis Menotti, Barcelona and Maradona won the Copa del Rey (Spain's annual national cup competition), beating Real Madrid, and the Spanish Super Cup, beating Athletic Bilbao. On 26 June 1983, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid on the road in one of the world's biggest club games, El Clásico, a match where Maradona scored and became the first Barcelona player to be applauded by archrival Real Madrid fans.[39] Maradona dribbled past Madrid goalkeeper Agustín, and as he approached the empty goal, he stopped just as Madrid defender Juan José came sliding in a desperate attempt to block the shot and ended up crashing into the post, before Maradona slotted the ball into the net.[40] The manner of the goal led to many inside the stadium start applauding; only Ronaldinho (in November 2005) and Andrés Iniesta (in November 2015) have since been granted such an ovation as Barcelona players from Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu.[39][41]

File:Goikoetxea lesiona maradona.jpg
The moment when Atlético de Bilbao player Andoni Goikoetxea injures Diego Maradona on 24 September 1983

Due to illness and injury as well as controversial incidents on the field, Maradona had a difficult tenure in Barcelona.[42] First a bout of hepatitis, then a broken ankle in a La Liga game at the Camp Nou in September 1983 caused by an ill-timed tackle by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea, threatened to jeopardize Maradona's career, but with treatment and therapy, it was possible for him to return to the pitch after a three-month recovery period.[25]

File:Maradona kempes spain.jpg
Maradona with his fellow countryman Mario Kempes before a Barcelona match against Valencia

The end of the 1983–84 season included a violent and chaotic fight Maradona was directly involved in at the 1984 Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid against Athletic Bilbao.[43] After receiving another rough tackle by Goikoetxea which wounded his leg, being taunted with xenophobic, racist insults related to his father's Native American ancestry throughout the match by Bilbao fans, and being provoked by Bilbao's Miguel Sola at full time as Barcelona lost 1–0, Maradona snapped.[43] He aggressively got up, stood inches from Sola's face and the two exchanged words. This started a chain reaction of emotional reactions from both teams. Using expletives, Sola mimicked a gesture from the crowd towards Maradona by using a xenophobic term.[44] Maradona then headbutted Sola, elbowed another Bilbao player in the face and kneed another player in the head, knocking him out cold.[43] The Bilbao squad surrounded Maradona to exact some retribution with Goikoetxea connecting with a high kick to his chest, before the rest of the Barcelona squad joined in to help Maradona. From this point, Barcelona and Bilbao players brawled on the field with Maradona in the centre of the action, kicking and punching anyone in a Bilbao shirt.[43]

The mass brawl was played out in front of the Spanish King Juan Carlos and an audience of 100,000 fans inside the stadium, and more than half of Spain watching on television.[45] After fans began throwing solid objects on the field at the players, coaches and even photographers, sixty people were injured, with the incident effectively sealing Maradona's transfer out of the club in what was his last game in a Barcelona shirt.[44] One Barcelona executive stated, "When I saw those scenes of Maradona fighting and the chaos that followed I realized we couldn't go any further with him."[45] Maradona got into frequent disputes with FC Barcelona executives, particularly club president Josep Lluís Núñez, culminating with a demand to be transferred out of Camp Nou in 1984. During his two injury-hit seasons at Barcelona, Maradona scored 38 goals in 58 games.[46] Maradona transferred to Napoli in Italy's Serie A for another world record fee, £6.9 million ($10.48M).[10]


File:Presentacion maradona napoli.jpg
Maradona saluting the crowd at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples during his presentation on 5 July 1984

Maradona arrived in Naples and was presented to the world media as a Napoli player on 5 July 1984, where he was welcomed by 75,000 fans at his presentation at the Stadio San Paolo.[47] Sports writer David Goldblatt commented, "They [the fans] were convinced that the saviour had arrived."[48] A local newspaper stated that despite the lack of a "mayor, houses, schools, buses, employment and sanitation, none of this matters because we have Maradona".[48] Prior to Maradona's arrival, Italian football was dominated by teams from the north and centre of the country, such as A.C. Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma, and no team in the south of the Italian Peninsula had ever won a league title.[48][49]

At Napoli, Maradona reached the peak of his professional career: he soon inherited the captain's armband from Napoli veteran defender Giuseppe Bruscolotti[50] and quickly became an adored star among the club's fans; in his time there he elevated the team to the most successful era in its history.[48] Maradona played for Napoli at a period when north–south tensions in Italy were at a peak due to a variety of issues, notably the economic differences between the two.[48] Led by Maradona, Napoli won their first ever Serie A Italian Championship in 1986–87.[48] Goldblatt wrote, "The celebrations were tumultuous. A rolling series of impromptu street parties and festivities broke out contagiously across the city in a round-the-clock carnival which ran for over a week. The world was turned upside down. The Neapolitans held mock funerals for Juventus and Milan, burning their coffins, their death notices announcing 'May 1987, the other Italy has been defeated. A new empire is born.'"[48] Murals of Maradona were painted on the city's ancient buildings, and newborn children were named in his honour.[48] The following season, the team's prolific attacking trio, formed by Maradona, Bruno Giordano and Careca, was later dubbed the "Ma-Gi-Ca" (magical) front-line.[51]

Napoli would win their second league title in 1989–90, and finish runners up in the league twice, in 1987–88 and 1988–89.[48] Other honours during the Maradona era at Napoli included the Coppa Italia in 1987, (as well as a second-place finish in the Coppa Italia in 1989), the UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Supercup in 1990.[48] During the 1989 UEFA Cup Final against Stuttgart, Maradona scored from a penalty in a 2–1 home victory in the first leg, later assisting Careca's match–winning goal,[52][53] while in the second leg on 17 May – a 3–3 away draw –, he assisted Ciro Ferrara's goal with a header.[54][55] Despite primarily playing in a creative role as an attacking midfielder, Maradona was the top scorer in Serie A in 1987–88, with 15 goals, and was the all-time leading goalscorer for Napoli, with 115 goals,[56] until his record was broken by Marek Hamšík in 2017.[36][57][58] When asked who was the toughest player he ever faced, A.C. Milan central defender Franco Baresi stated, that it was Maradona, a view shared by his Milan teammate Paolo Maldini, who viewed Maradona and Ronaldo as the best players he ever faced, stating in 2008, "The best ever I played against was Maradona."[59][60]

While Maradona was successful on the field during his time in Italy, his personal problems increased. His cocaine use continued, and he received US$70,000 in fines from his club for missing games and practices, ostensibly because of "stress".[61] He faced a scandal there regarding an illegitimate son, and he was also the object of some suspicion over an alleged friendship with the Camorra.[62][63][64][65] Later on, in honour of Maradona and his achievements during his career at Napoli, the number 10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired.[66]

Sevilla, Newell's Old Boys and Boca Juniors

After serving a 15-month ban for failing a drug test for cocaine, Maradona left Napoli in disgrace in 1992. Despite interest from Real Madrid and Marseille, he signed for Sevilla, where he stayed for one year.[67] In 1993, he played for Newell's Old Boys and in 1995 returned to Boca Juniors for a two-year stint.[25] Maradona also appeared for Tottenham Hotspur in a testimonial match for Osvaldo Ardiles against Internazionale, shortly before the 1986 World Cup.[68] In 1996, he played in a friendly match alongside his brother Raul for Toronto Italia against the Canadian National Soccer League All-Stars.[69] Maradona was himself given a testimonial match in November 2001, played between an all-star World XI and the Argentina national team.[70]

International career

File:Arg vs urss 1979.jpg
Maradona on the ball against the Soviet Union at the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship final

During his time with the Argentina national team, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances. He made his full international debut at age 16, against Hungary, on 27 February 1977. Maradona was left off the Argentine squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil by coach César Luis Menotti who felt he was too young at age 17.[71] At age 18, Maradona played the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan and emerged as the star of the tournament, shining in Argentina's 3–1 final win over the Soviet Union, scoring a total of six goals in six appearances in the tournament.[72] On 2 June 1979, Maradona scored his first senior international goal in a 3–1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park.[73] He went on to play for Argentina in two 1979 Copa América ties during August 1979, a 2–1 loss against Brazil and a 3–0 win over Bolivia in which he scored his side's third goal.[74]

Speaking thirty years later on the impact of Maradona's performances in 1979, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated, "Everyone has an opinion on Diego Armando Maradona, and that’s been the case since his playing days. My most vivid recollection is of this incredibly gifted kid at the second FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan in 1979. He left everyone open-mouthed every time he got on the ball."[75] Maradona and his compatriot Lionel Messi are the only players to win the Golden Ball at both the FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup. Maradona did so in 1979 and 1986, which Messi emulated in 2005 and 2014.[76]

1982 World Cup

Maradona played his first World Cup tournament in 1982 in his new country of residence, Spain. Argentina played Belgium in the opening game of the 1982 Cup at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. The Catalan crowd was eager to see their new world-record signing Maradona in action, but he did not perform to expectations,[77] as Argentina, the defending champions, lost 1–0. Although the team convincingly beat both Hungary and El Salvador in Alicante to progress to the second round, there were internal tensions within the team, with the younger, less experienced players at odds with the older, more experienced players. In a team that also included such players as Mario Kempes, Osvaldo Ardiles, Ramón Díaz, Daniel Bertoni, Alberto Tarantini, Ubaldo Fillol and Daniel Passarella, the Argentine side was defeated in the second round by Brazil and by eventual winners Italy. The Italian match is renowned for Maradona being aggressively man-marked by Claudio Gentile, as Italy beat Argentina at the Sarrià Stadium in Barcelona, 2–1.[78]

Maradona played in all five matches without being substituted, scoring twice against Hungary. He was fouled repeatedly in all five games and particularly in the last one against Brazil at the Sarrià, a game that was blighted by poor officiating and violent fouls. With Argentina already down 3–0 to Brazil, Maradona's temper eventually got the better of him and he was sent off with five minutes remaining for a serious retaliatory foul against Batista.[79]

1986 World Cup

Maradona holding the 1986 World Cup trophy

Maradona captained the Argentine national team to victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, winning the final in Mexico City against West Germany.[80] Throughout the tournament, Maradona asserted his dominance and was the most dynamic player of the competition. He played every minute of every Argentina game, scoring five goals and making five assists, three of those in the opening match against South Korea at the Olímpico Universitario Stadium in Mexico City. His first goal of the tournament came against Italy in the second group game in Puebla.[81] Argentina eliminated Uruguay in the first knockout round in Puebla, setting up a match against England at the Azteca Stadium, also in Mexico City. After scoring two contrasting goals in the 2–1 quarter-final win against England, his legend was cemented.[82] The majesty of his second goal and the notoriety of his first led to the French newspaper L'Equipe describing Maradona as "half-angel, half-devil".[83] This match was played with the background of the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Replays showed that the first goal was scored by striking the ball with his hand. Maradona was coyly evasive, describing it as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".[80] It became known as the "Hand of God". Ultimately, on 22 August 2005, Maradona acknowledged on his television show that he had hit the ball with his hand purposely, and no contact with his head was made, and that he immediately knew the goal was illegitimate. This became known as an international fiasco in World Cup history. The goal stood, much to the wrath of the English players.[84]

"Maradona, turns like a little eel and comes away from trouble, little squat man... comes inside Butcher and leaves him for dead, outside Fenwick and leaves him for dead, and puts the ball away... and that is why Maradona is the greatest player in the world."

—Bryon Butler's BBC Radio commentary on Maradona's second goal against England[85]

Maradona's second goal, just four minutes after the hotly disputed hand-goal, was later voted by FIFA as the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup. He received the ball in his own half, swivelled around and with 11 touches ran more than half the length of the field, dribbling past five English outfield players (Peter Beardsley, Steve Hodge, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher and Terry Fenwick) before he left goalkeeper Peter Shilton on his backside with a feint, and slotted the ball into the net.[86] This goal was voted "Goal of the Century" in a 2002 online poll conducted by FIFA.[11] A 2002 Channel 4 poll in the UK saw his performance ranked number 6 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.[87]

Maradona right before scoring the "Goal of the Century" against England in Mexico 1986

Maradona followed this with two more goals in a semi-final match against Belgium at the Azteca, including another virtuoso dribbling display for the second goal. In the final match, West Germany attempted to contain him by double-marking, but he nevertheless found the space past the West German player Lothar Matthäus to give the final pass to Jorge Burruchaga for the winning goal. Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in front of 115,000 fans at the Azteca with Maradona lifting the World Cup as captain.[83][88]

During the course of the tournament, Maradona attempted or created more than half of Argentina's shots, attempted a tournament best 90 dribbles – some three times more than any other player – and was fouled a record 53 times, winning his team twice as many free kicks as any player.[89][90] Maradona scored or assisted 10 of Argentina's 14 goals (71%), including the assist for the winning goal in the final, ensuring that he would be remembered as one of the greatest names in football history.[90][91] By the end of the World Cup, Maradona went on to win the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament by unanimous vote and was widely regarded to have won the World Cup virtually single-handedly, something that he later stated he did not entirely agree with.[90][92][93][94] Zinedine Zidane, watching the 1986 World Cup as a 14-year-old, stated Maradona "was on another level".[95] In a tribute to him, Azteca Stadium authorities built a statue of him scoring the "Goal of the Century" and placed it at the entrance of the stadium.[96]

Regarding Maradona's performance at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, in 2014, Roger Bennett of ESPN FC described it as "the most virtuoso performance a World Cup has ever witnessed,"[97] while Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the greatest individual performances in tournament history,"[98] with Steven Goff of The Washington Post instead dubbing his performance as "one of the finest in tournament annals."[99] In 2002, Russell Thomas of The Guardian described Maradona's second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals as "arguably the greatest individual goal ever."[100] In a 2009 article for CBC Sports, John Molinaro described the goal as "the greatest ever scored in the tournament – and, maybe, in soccer."[101] In a 2018 article for Sportsnet, he added: "No other player, not even Pel[é] in 1958 nor Paolo Rossi in 1982, had dominated a single competition the way Maradona did in Mexico." He also went on to say of Maradona's performance: "The brilliant Argentine artist single-handedly delivered his country its second World Cup." Regarding his two memorable goals against England in the quarter-finals, he commented: "Yes, it was Maradona’s hand, and not God’s, that was responsible for the first goal against England. But while the 'Hand of God' goal remains one of the most contentious moments in World Cup history, there can be no disputing that his second goal against England ranks as the greatest ever scored in the tournament. It transcended mere sports – his goal was pure art."[102]

1990 World Cup

File:Maradona passing caniggia.jpg
Maradona making the defence splitting pass to Claudio Caniggia (top right) for the winning goal against Brazil, 24 June 1990

Maradona captained Argentina again in the 1990 World Cup in Italy to yet another World Cup final. An ankle injury affected his overall performance, and he was much less dominant than four years earlier. After losing their opening game to Cameroon at the San Siro in Milan, Argentina were almost eliminated in the first round, only qualifying in third position from their group. In the round of 16 match against Brazil in Turin, Claudio Caniggia scored the only goal after being set up by Maradona.[103]

In the quarter-final, Argentina faced Yugoslavia in Florence; the match ended 0–0 after 120 minutes, with Argentina advancing in a penalty shootout even though Maradona's kick, a weak shot to the goalkeeper's right, was saved. The semi-final against the host nation Italy at Maradona's club stadium in Naples, the Stadio San Paolo, was also resolved on penalties after a 1–1 draw. This time, however, Maradona was successful with his effort, daringly rolling the ball into the net with an almost exact replica of his unsuccessful kick in the previous round. At the final in Rome, Argentina lost 1–0 to West Germany, the only goal being a penalty by Andreas Brehme in the 85th minute after a controversial foul on Rudi Völler.[103]

1994 World Cup

File:Diego acompanado al antidoping.jpg
Maradona going to the drug test after playing v Nigeria, 25 June 1994

At the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Maradona played in only two games (both at the Foxboro Stadium near Boston), scoring one goal against Greece, before being sent home after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping.[104] After scoring against Greece, Maradona had one of the most infamous World Cup goal celebrations as he ran towards one of the sideline cameras shouting with a distorted face and bulging eyes.[105] This turned out to be Maradona's last international goal for Argentina.[105] In the second game, a 2–1 victory over Nigeria which was to be his last game for Argentina, he set-up both of his team's goals on free-kicks, the second an assist to Caniggia.

In his autobiography, Maradona argued that the test result was due to his personal trainer giving him the power drink Rip Fuel. His claim was that the U.S. version, unlike the Argentine one, contained the chemical and that, having run out of his Argentine dosage, his trainer unwittingly bought the U.S. formula. FIFA expelled him from USA '94, and Argentina were subsequently eliminated in the round of 16 by Romania in Los Angeles. Maradona has also separately claimed that he had an agreement with FIFA, on which the organization reneged, to allow him to use the drug for weight loss before the competition in order to be able to play.[106] His failed drugs test at the 1994 World Cup signalled the end of his international career, which had lasted 17 years and yielded 34 goals from 91 games, as well as one winner's medal and one runners-up medal in the World Cup.[107]

Player profile

Style of play

"Diego was capable of things no one else could match. The things I could do with a football, he could do with an orange."

Michel Platini, former French midfielder, on Maradona's ball control[108]
File:Argentina v belgica 1986.jpg
Maradona (pictured dribbling with the ball against Belgium in 1986) had excellent close ball control and would often go on runs taking on the opposition.

Described as a "classic number 10" in the media,[109] Maradona was a traditional playmaker who usually played in a free role, either as an attacking midfielder behind the forwards, or as a second striker in a front–two, although he was also deployed as an offensive–minded central midfielder in a 4–4–2 formation on occasion.[110][111][112][113] Maradona was renowned for his dribbling ability, vision, close ball control, passing and creativity, and is considered one of the most skillful players in the sport.[94][114][115] He had a compact physique, and with his strong legs, low center of gravity, and resulting balance, he could withstand physical pressure well while running with the ball, despite his small stature,[97][116][117] while his acceleration, quick feet, and agility, combined with his dribbling skills and close control at speed, allowed him to change direction quickly, making him difficult for opponents to defend against.[118][119][120][121]

Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest dribblers in the history of the game.[97][116][122][123] Former Dutch player Johan Cruyff saw similarities between Maradona and Lionel Messi with the ball seemingly attached to their body when dribbling.[124] His physical strengths were illustrated by his two goals against Belgium in the 1986 World Cup. Although he was known for his penchant for undertaking individual runs with the ball,[125] he was also a strategist and an intelligent team player, with excellent spatial awareness, as well as being highly technical with the ball. He could manage himself effectively in limited spaces, and would attract defenders only to quickly dash out of the melee (as in the second 1986 goal against England),[126][127][128][129] or give an assist to a free teammate. Being short, but strong, he could hold the ball long enough with a defender on his back to wait for a teammate making a run or to find a gap for a quick shot. He showed leadership qualities on the field and captained Argentina in their World Cup campaigns of 1986, 1990 and 1994.[130][131] While he was primarily a creative playmaker, Maradona was also known for his finishing and goalscoring ability.[94][132] Former Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi also praised Maradona for his defensive work-rate off the ball in a 2010 interview with Il Corriere dello Sport.[133]

File:Panini maradona supersport.jpg
Trading card of Maradona issued by Panini for the 1986 World Cup

The team leader on and off the field – he would speak up on a range of issues on behalf of the players – Maradona's ability as a player and his overpowering personality had a major positive effect on his team, with his 1986 World Cup teammate Jorge Valdano stating:

Maradona was a technical leader: a guy who resolved all difficulties that may come up on the pitch. Firstly, he was in charge of making the miracles happen, that's something that gives team-mates a lot of confidence. Secondly, the scope of his celebrity was such that he absorbed all the pressures on behalf of his team-mates. What I mean is: one slept soundly the night before a game not just because you knew you were playing next to Diego and Diego did things no other player in the world could do, but also because unconsciously we knew that if it was the case that we lost then Maradona would shoulder more of the burden, would be blamed more, than the rest of us. That was the kind of influence he exercised on the team.[134]

Lauding the "charisma" of Maradona, another of his Argentina teammates, prolific striker Gabriel Batistuta, stated, "Diego could command a stadium, have everyone watch him. I played with him and I can tell you how technically decisive he was for the team".[135] Napoli's former president – Corrado Ferlaino – commented on Maradona's leadership qualities during his time with the club in 2008, describing him as "a coach on the pitch."[136]

"Even if I played for a million years, I'd never come close to Maradona. Not that I'd want to anyway. He's the greatest there's ever been."

Lionel Messi, the player most closely identified with the "New Maradona" label[75]

One of Maradona's trademark moves was dribbling full-speed on the right wing, and on reaching the opponent's goal line, delivering accurate passes to his teammates. Another trademark was the rabona, a reverse-cross pass shot behind the leg that holds all the weight.[137] This manoeuvre led to several assists, such as the cross for Ramón Díaz's header against Switzerland in 1980.[138] He was also a dangerous free kick and penalty kick taker, who was renowned for his ability to bend the ball from corners and direct set pieces.[139][140][141] Regarded as one of the best dead–ball specialists of all time,[142][143][144][145] his free kick technique, which often saw him raise his knee at a high angle when striking the ball, thus enabling him to lift it high over the wall, allowed him to score free kicks even from close range, within 22 to 17 yards (20 to 16 metres) from the goal, or even just outside the penalty area.[146] His style of taking free kicks influenced several other specialists, including Gianfranco Zola,[144] Andrea Pirlo,[147] and Lionel Messi.[148]

File:Maradona messi creacion adan.jpg
Maradona (right) and Lionel Messi in The Sistine Chapel of Football painting, on a ceiling of a sports club in Barracas, Buenos Aires

Maradona was famous for his cunning personality.[149] Some critics view his controversial "Hand of God" goal at the 1986 World Cup as a clever manoeuvre, with one of the opposition players, Glenn Hoddle, admitting that Maradona had disguised it by flicking his head at the same time as palming the ball.[150] The goal itself has been viewed as an embodiment of the Buenos Aires shanty town Maradona was brought up in and its concept of viveza criolla — "cunning of the criollos".[151] While critical of the illegitimate first goal, England striker Gary Lineker conceded, "When Diego scored that second goal against us, I felt like applauding. I'd never felt like that before, but it's true... and not just because it was such an important game. It was impossible to score such a beautiful goal. He's the greatest player of all time, by a long way. A genuine phenomenon."[108] Maradona used his hand in the 1990 World Cup, again without punishment, and this time on his own goal line, to prevent the Soviet Union from scoring.[152] A number of publications have referred to Maradona as the Artful Dodger, the urchin pickpocket from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.[153][154][155][156]

Maradona was dominantly left-footed, often using his left foot even when the ball was positioned more suitably for a right-footed connection.[157] His first goal against Belgium in the 1986 World Cup semi-final is a worthy indicator of such; he had run into the inside right channel to receive a pass but let the ball travel across to his left foot, requiring more technical ability. During his run past several England players in the previous round for the "Goal of the Century" he did not use his right foot once, despite spending the whole movement on the right-hand side of the pitch. In the 1990 World Cup second round tie against Brazil, he did use his right foot to set up the winning goal for Claudio Caniggia due to two Brazilian markers forcing him into a position that made use of his left foot less practical.[158]


Pelé scored more goals. Lionel Messi has won more trophies. Both have lived more stable lives than the overweight former cocaine addict who tops this list, whose relationship with football became increasingly strained the longer his career continued. If you’ve seen Diego Maradona with a football at his feet, you’ll understand.

— Andrew Murray on Maradona topping FourFourTwo magazine's "100 Greatest Footballers Ever" list, July 2017.[159]
File:Diego Maradona di Jorit.jpg
Mural of Maradona by the artist Jorit in Naples

Maradona is widely regarded as the best player of his generation,[127] as well as one of the greatest players of all time by several pundits, players, and managers,[8][75][160] and by some as the best player ever.[159][161][162][163] He is renowned as one of the most skilful players in the history of football,[94][114][115] as well as being considered one of the greatest dribblers[97][116][122][123] and free kick takers in the history of the sport.[142][143][144][145] Considered to be a precocious talent in his youth,[9] in addition to his playing ability, Maradona also drew praise from his former manager Menotti for his dedication, determination, and the work-ethic he demonstrated in order to improve the technical aspect of his game in training, despite his natural gifts, with the manager noting: "I'm always cautious about using the word 'genius'. I find it hard to apply that even to Mozart. The beauty of Diego's game has a hereditary element – his natural ease with the ball – but it also owes a lot to his ability to learn: a lot of those brushstrokes, those strokes of 'genius', are in fact a product of his hard work. Diego worked very hard to be the best."[164] Maradona's former Napoli manager – Ottavio Bianchi – also praised his discipline in training, commenting: "Diego is different to the one that they depict. When you got him on his own he was a very good kid. It was beautiful to watch him and coach him. They all speak of the fact that he did not train, but it was not true because Diego was the last person to leave the pitch, it was necessary to send him away because otherwise he would stay for hours to invent free kicks."[165] However, although, as Bianchi noted, Maradona was known for making "great plays" and doing "unimaginable" and "incredible things" with the ball during training sessions,[166][167][168] and would even go through periods of rigorous exercise, he was equally known for his limited work-rate in training without the ball, and even gained a degree of infamy during his time in Italy for missing training sessions with Napoli, while he often trained independently instead of with his team.[166][169][170][171]

In a 2019 documentary film on his life, Diego Maradona, Maradona confessed that his weekly regime consisted of "playing a game on Sunday, going out until Wednesday, then hitting the gym on Thursday." Regarding his inconsistent training regimen, the film's director, Asif Kapadia, commented in 2020: "He had a metabolism. He would look so incredibly out of shape, but then he’d train like crazy and sweat it off by the time matchday came along. His body shape just didn’t look like a footballer, but then he had this ability and this balance. He had a way of being, and that idea of talking to him honestly about how a typical week transpired was pretty amazing." He also revealed that Maradona was ahead of his time in the fact that he had a personal fitness coach – Fernando Signorini – who trained him in a variety of areas, in addition to looking after his physical conditioning, adding: "While he [Maradona] was in a football team he had his own regime. How many players would do that? How many players would even know to think like that? 'I’m different to anyone else so I need to train at what I’m good at and what I’m weak at.' Signorini is very well read and very intelligent. He would literally say, 'This is the way I’m going to train you, read this book.' He would help him psychologically, talk to him about philosophy, and things like that."[172][173] Moreover, Maradona was notorious for his poor diet and extreme lifestyle off the pitch, including his use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse, which along with personal issues, his metabolism, medication that he was prescribed, and periods of inactivity due to injuries and suspensions, led to his significant weight–gain and physical decline as his career progressed; his lack of discipline and difficulties in his turbulent personal life are thought by some in the sport to have negatively impacted his performances and longevity in the later years of his playing career.[164][174][175]

A controversial figure in the sport, while he earned critical acclaim from players, pundits, and managers over his playing style, he also drew criticism in the media for his temper and confrontational behaviour, both on and off the pitch.[176][177][178] However, in 2005, Paolo Maldini, described Maradona both as the greatest player he ever faced, and also as the most honest, stating: "He was a model of good behaviour on the pitch – he was respectful of everyone, from the great players down to the ordinary team member. He was always getting kicked around and he never complained – not like some of today's strikers."[179] His former defensive club and international teammate, Baresi, stated when he was asked who was his greatest opponent: "Maradona; when he was on form, there was almost no way of stopping him,"[59] while fellow former Italy defender Giuseppe Bergomi described Maradona as the greatest player of all time in 2018.[180]

In 1999, Maradona was placed second behind Pelé by World Soccer in the magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century."[181] Along with Pelé, Maradona was one of the two joint winners of the "FIFA Player of the Century" award in 2000,[7] and also placed fifth in "IFFHS' Century Elections."[182] In a 2014 FIFA poll, Maradona was voted the second-greatest number 10 of all-time, behind only Pelé,[183] and later that year, was ranked second in The Guardian's list of the 100 greatest World Cup players of all-time, ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, once again behind Pelé.[184] In 2017, FourFourTwo ranked him in first place in their list of "100 greatest players,"[159] while in 2018, he was ranked in first place by the same magazine in their list of the "Greatest Football Players in World Cup History";[185] in March 2020, he was also ranked first by Jack Gallagher of 90min.com in their list of "Top 50 Greatest Players of All Time."[186] In May 2020, Sky Sports ranked him as the best player ever never to have won the Champions League or European Cup.[187]

Retirement and tributes

Diego Maradona's blaugrana shirt on display in the FC Barcelona Museum

Hounded for years by the press, Maradona once fired a compressed-air rifle at reporters who he claimed were invading his privacy. This quote from former teammate Jorge Valdano summarizes the feelings of many:

He is someone many people want to emulate, a controversial figure, loved, hated, who stirs great upheaval, especially in Argentina... Stressing his personal life is a mistake. Maradona has no peers inside the pitch, but he has turned his life into a show, and is now living a personal ordeal that should not be imitated.[188]

In 1990, the Konex Foundation from Argentina granted him the Diamond Konex Award, one of the most prestigious culture awards in Argentina, as the most important personality in Sports in the last decade in his country. In April 1996, Maradona had a three-round exhibition boxing match with Santos Laciar for charity.[189] In 2000, Maradona published his autobiography Yo Soy El Diego ("I am The Diego"), which became a best-seller in Argentina.[190] Two years later, Maradona donated the Cuban royalties of his book to "the Cuban people and Fidel".[191]

Maradona at the Soccer Aid charity game at Old Trafford, Manchester in May 2006, after losing weight

In 2000, he won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. Maradona won the Internet-based poll, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé.[192] In spite of this, and shortly before the ceremony, FIFA added a second award and appointed a "Football Family" committee composed of football journalists that also gave to Pelé the title of best player of the century to make it a draw. Maradona also came fifth in the vote of the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics).[182] In 2001, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) asked FIFA for authorization to retire the jersey number 10 for Maradona. FIFA did not grant the request, even though Argentine officials have maintained that FIFA hinted that it would.[193]

Maradona has topped a number of fan polls, including a 2002 FIFA poll in which his second goal against England was chosen as the best goal ever scored in a World Cup; he also won the most votes in a poll to determine the All-Time Ultimate World Cup Team. On 22 March 2010, Maradona was chosen number 1 in The Greatest 10 World Cup players of all time by the London-based newspaper The Times.[194] Argentinos Juniors named its stadium after Maradona on December 26, 2003. In 2003, Maradona was employed by the Libyan footballer Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, as a "technical consultant", while Al-Saadi was playing for the Italian club, Perugia, which was playing in Serie A at the time.[195]

Maradona in Kolkata, India, in December 2008. Maradona laid the foundation stone for a football academy in the eastern suburbs of the city, and was greeted by over 100,000 fans in Salt Lake Stadium.[196]

On 22 June 2005, it was announced that Maradona would return to former club Boca Juniors as a sports vice-president in charge of managing the First Division roster (after a disappointing 2004–05 season, which coincided with Boca's centenary).[197] His contract began 1 August 2005, and one of his first recommendations proved to be very effective: advising the club to hire Alfio Basile as the new coach. With Maradona fostering a close relationship with the players, Boca won the 2005 Apertura, the 2006 Clausura, the 2005 Copa Sudamericana and the 2005 Recopa Sudamericana.

On 15 August 2005, Maradona made his debut as host of a talk-variety show on Argentine television, La Noche del 10 ("The Night of the no. 10"). His main guest on opening night was Pelé; the two had a friendly chat, showing no signs of past differences. However, the show also included a cartoon villain with a clear physical resemblance to Pelé. In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one. Most guests were drawn from the worlds of football and show business, including Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, but also included interviews with other notable friends and personalities such as Cuban leader Fidel Castro and boxers Roberto Durán and Mike Tyson.[198] Maradona gave each of his guests a signed Argentina jersey, which Tyson wore when he arrived in Brazil, Argentina's biggest rivals.[199] In November 2005, however, Maradona rejected an offer to work with Argentina's national football team.[200]

In May 2006, Maradona agreed to take part in UK's Soccer Aid (a program to raise money for UNICEF).[201] In September 2006, Maradona, in his famous blue and white number 10, was the captain for Argentina in a three-day World Cup of Indoor Football tournament in Spain. On 26 August 2006, it was announced that Maradona was quitting his position in the club Boca Juniors because of disagreements with the AFA, who selected Alfio Basile to be the new coach of the Argentina national team.[202] In 2008, award-winning Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica made a documentary about Maradona's life, entitled Maradona.[203]

On 1 September 2014, Maradona, along with many current and former footballing stars, took part in the "Match for Peace", which was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with the proceeds being donated entirely to charity.[204] Maradona set up a goal for Roberto Baggio during the first half of the match, with a chipped through-ball over the defence with the outside of his left foot.[205] Unusually, both Baggio and Maradona wore the number 10 shirt, despite playing on the same team.[205] On 17 August 2015, Maradona visited Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian referee of the Argentina–England quarter-final match at the 1986 World Cup where Maradona scored his Hand of God, and paid tribute to him by giving him a signed Argentine jersey.[206][207]

Managerial career

Club management

Maradona in Al Karama, United Arab Emirates in 2011 after being appointed manager of Dubai club Al Wasl FC

Maradona began his managerial career alongside former Argentinos Juniors midfield teammate Carlos Fren. The pair led Mandiyú of Corrientes in 1994 and Racing Club in 1995, with little success. In May 2011 he became manager of Dubai club Al Wasl FC in the United Arab Emirates. Maradona was sacked on 10 July 2012.[208][209] In August 2013, Maradona moved on to become mental coach at Argentine club Deportivo Riestra. Maradona departed this role in 2017 to become the head coach of Fujairah, in the UAE second division, before leaving at the end of the season upon failure to secure promotion at the club.[12] In September 2018 he was appointed manager of Mexican second division side Dorados.[15] He made his debut with Dorados on 17 September 2018 with a 4–1 victory over Cafetaleros de Tapachula.[210] On 13 June 2019, after Dorados failed to clinch promotion to the Mexican top flight, Maradona's lawyer announced that he would be stepping down from the role, citing health reasons.[211]

On 5 September 2019, Maradona was unveiled as the new head coach of Gimnasia de La Plata, signing a contract until the end of the season.[16] After two months in charge he left the club on 19 November.[212] However, two days later, Maradona rejoined the club as manager saying that "we finally achieved political unity in the club".[213] Maradona insisted that Gabriel Pellegrino remain club President if he were to stay with Gimnisia de La Plata.[214][215] However it was still not clear if Pellegrino, who declined to run for re-election,[214][215] would stay on as club President.[214][215] Originally scheduled to be held on 23 November 2019,[214] the election was delayed 15 days.[215] On 15 December 2019, Pellegrino, who was encouraged by Maradona to seek re-election, was re-elected to a three-year term.[216] Despite having a bad record during the 2019–20 season, Gimnasia renewed Maradona's contract on 3 June 2020 through the 2020–21 season.[217]

International management

After the resignation of Argentina national team coach Alfio Basile in 2008, Maradona immediately proposed his candidacy for the vacant role. According to several press sources, his major challengers included Diego Simeone, Carlos Bianchi, Miguel Ángel Russo and Sergio Batista. On 29 October 2008, AFA chairman Julio Grondona confirmed that Maradona would be the head coach of the national team. On 19 November 2008, Maradona managed Argentina for the first time when they played against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, which Argentina won 1–0.[218]

Maradona as coach of Argentina in 2009. He left the position after the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

After winning his first three matches in charge of the national team, he oversaw a 6–1 defeat to Bolivia, equalling the team's worst ever margin of defeat. With two matches remaining in the qualification tournament for the 2010 World Cup, Argentina was in fifth place and faced the possibility of failing to qualify, but victory in the last two matches secured qualification for the finals.[219][220] After Argentina's qualification, Maradona used abusive language at the live post-game press conference, telling members of the media to "suck it and keep on sucking it".[221] FIFA responded with a two-month ban on all footballing activity, which expired on 15 January 2010, and a CHF 25,000 fine, with a warning as to his future conduct.[222] The friendly match scheduled to take place at home to the Czech Republic on 15 December, during the period of the ban, was cancelled. The only match Argentina played during Maradona's ban was a friendly away to Catalonia, which they lost 4–2.

At the World Cup finals in June 2010, Argentina started by winning 1–0 against Nigeria, followed by a 4–1 victory over South Korea on the strength of a Gonzalo Higuaín hat-trick.[223][224] In the final match of the group stage, Argentina won 2–0 against Greece to win the group and advance to a second round, meeting Mexico.[225] After defeating Mexico 3–1, however, Argentina was routed by Germany 4–0 in the quarter-finals to go out of the competition.[226] Argentina was ranked fifth in the tournament. After the defeat to Germany, Maradona admitted that he was considering his future as Argentina coach, stating, "I may leave tomorrow."[227] On 15 July 2010, the AFA said that he would be offered a new four-year deal that would keep him in charge through to the summer of 2014 when Brazil stages the World Cup.[228] On 27 July, however, the AFA announced that its board had unanimously decided not to renew his contract, different to 1978 World Cup winning captain and 1986 teammate, Daniel Passarella.[229] Afterwards, on 29 July, Maradona claimed that AFA president Julio Grondona and director of national teams (as well as his former Argentine national team and Sevilla coach) Carlos Bilardo had "lied to", "betrayed" and effectively sacked him from the role. He said, "They wanted me to continue, but seven of my staff should not go on, if he told me that, it meant he did not want me to keep working."[230]

Personal life


Having returned to his Catholic faith, Maradona donated a signed Argentina jersey to Pope Francis, and it is kept in one of the Vatican Museums.

Born to a Roman Catholic family, his parents were Diego Maradona Senior and Dalma Salvadora Franco. Maradona married long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe on 7 November 1984 in Buenos Aires, and they had two daughters, Dalma Nerea (born 2 April 1987) and Gianinna Dinorah (born 16 May 1989), by whom he became a grandfather in 2009.[231]

Maradona and Villafañe divorced in 2004. Daughter Dalma has since asserted that the divorce was the best solution for all, as her parents remained on friendly terms. They travelled together to Naples for a series of homages in June 2005 and were seen together on other occasions, including the Argentina games during 2006 World Cup.[232]

During the divorce proceedings, Maradona admitted he is the father of Diego Sinagra (born in Naples on 20 September 1986). The Italian courts had already ruled so in 1993, after Maradona refused to undergo DNA tests to prove or disprove his paternity. Diego Junior met Maradona for the first time in May 2003 after tricking his way onto a golf course in Italy where Maradona was playing.[233] Sinagra is now a footballer playing in Italy.[234] After the divorce, Claudia embarked on a career as a theatre producer, and Dalma was seeking an acting career; she had expressed her desire to attend the Actor's Studio in Los Angeles.[235][236]

Maradona's relationship with his immediate family was a close one, and in a 1990 interview with Sports Illustrated he showed phone bills where he had spent a minimum of 15,000 US dollars per month calling his parents and siblings.[237] Maradona's mother, Dalma, died on 19 November 2011. He was in Dubai at the time, and desperately tried to fly back in time to see her, but was too late. She was 81 years old. His father, "Don" Diego, died on 25 June 2015 at age 87.[238]

Maradona's great-nephew Hernán López is a professional footballer.[239]

Drug abuse and health issues

From the mid-1980s until 2004, Maradona was addicted to cocaine. He allegedly began using the drug in Barcelona in 1983.[240] By the time he was playing for Napoli, he had a regular addiction, which began to interfere with his ability to play football.[241] In the midst of his drug-crisis in 1991, Maradona was asked by journalists if the hit song Mi enfermedad (lit. My Disease) was dedicated to him.[242]

Maradona had a tendency to put on weight and suffered increasingly from obesity, at one point weighing 280 lb (130 kg). He was obese from the end of his playing career until undergoing gastric bypass surgery in a clinic in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 6 March 2005. His surgeon said that Maradona would follow a liquid diet for three months in order to return his normal weight.[243] When Maradona resumed public appearances shortly thereafter, he displayed a notably thinner figure.[244]

On 29 March 2007, Maradona was readmitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires. He was treated for hepatitis and effects of alcohol abuse and was released on 11 April, but readmitted two days later.[245] In the following days, there were constant rumours about his health, including three false claims of his death within a month.[246] After transfer to a psychiatric clinic specializing in alcohol-related problems, he was discharged on 7 May.[247] On 8 May 2007, Maradona appeared on Argentine television and stated that he had quit drinking and had not used drugs in two and a half years.[248] In January 2019, Maradona underwent surgery after a hernia caused internal bleeding in his stomach.[249]

Political views

Maradona presenting a signed shirt to the former President of Argentina Néstor Kirchner in December 2007

Having previously been vocal in his support of neoliberal Argentine President Carlos Menem and his Harvard University–educated economist Domingo Cavallo, Maradona showed sympathy to left-wing ideologies. He became friends with Cuban leader Fidel Castro while receiving treatment on the island, with Castro stating, "Diego is a great friend and very noble, too. There's also no question he’s a wonderful athlete and has maintained a friendship with Cuba to no material gain of his own."[75] Maradona had a portrait of Castro tattooed on his left leg and one of Fidel's second in command, fellow Argentine Che Guevara on his right arm.[250] In his autobiography, El Diego, he dedicated the book to various people, including Castro. He wrote, "To Fidel Castro and, through him, all the Cuban people."[251]

Maradona, then-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Evo Morales, at the funeral of former President of Argentina Néstor Kirchner, 28 October 2010

Maradona was also a supporter of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In 2005, he came to Venezuela to meet Chávez, who received him in the Miraflores Palace. After this meeting, Maradona claimed that he had come with the aim of meeting a "great man" ("un grande" in Spanish), but he had met instead a gigantic man ("un gigante" in Spanish, meaning he was more than great). "I believe in Chávez, I am Chavista. Everything Fidel does, everything Chávez does, for me is the best."[252] Maradona was the guest of honour of Chávez at the opening game of the 2007 Copa América held in Venezuela.[253]

Maradona declared his opposition to what he identified as imperialism, particularly during the 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina. There he protested George W. Bush's presence in Argentina, wearing a T-shirt labelled "STOP BUSH" (with the "s" in "Bush" being replaced with a swastika) and referring to Bush as "human garbage".[254][255] In August 2007, Maradona went further, making an appearance on Chávez's weekly television show Alo Presidente and saying, "I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength."[256] In December 2008, however, Maradona had adopted a more pro-US attitude when he expressed admiration for Bush's successor, President-elect Barack Obama, and held great expectations for him.[196]

"I asked myself, 'Who is this man? Who is this footballing magician, this Sex Pistol of international football, this cocaine victim who kicked the habit, looked like Falstaff and was as weak as spaghetti?' If Andy Warhol had still been alive, he would have definitely put Maradona alongside Marilyn Monroe and Mao Tse-tung. I'm convinced that if he hadn’t been a footballer, he'd've become a revolutionary."

Emir Kusturica, film director[75]

With his poor shanty town upbringing, Maradona cultivated a man-of-the-people persona.[257] During a meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1987, they clashed on the issue of wealth disparity, with Maradona stating, "I argued with him because I was in the Vatican and I saw all these golden ceilings and afterwards I heard the Pope say the Church was worried about the welfare of poor kids. Sell your ceiling then amigo, do something!"[257] In September 2014, Maradona met with Pope Francis in Rome, crediting Francis for inspiring him to return to religion after many years; he stated, "We should all imitate Pope Francis. If each one of us gives something to someone else, no one in the world would be starving."[258]

In December 2007, Maradona presented a signed shirt with a message of support to the people of Iran: it is displayed in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' museum.[259] In April 2013, Maradona visited the tomb of Hugo Chávez and urged Venezuelans to elect the late leader's designated successor, Nicolás Maduro, to continue the socialist leader's legacy; "Continue the struggle," Maradona said on television.[260] Maradona attended Maduro's final campaign rally in Caracas, signing footballs and kicking them to the crowd, and presented Maduro with an Argentina jersey.[260] Having visited Chávez's tomb with Maradona, Maduro said, "Speaking with Diego was very emotional because comandante Chávez also loved him very much."[260] Maradona participated and danced at the electoral campaign rally during the 2018 presidential elections in Venezuela.[261][262] During the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, the Mexican Football Federation fined him for violating their code of ethics and dedicating a team victory to Nicolás Maduro.[263]

In October 2015, Maradona thanked Queen Elizabeth II and the Houses of Parliament in London for giving him the chance to provide "true justice" as head of an organization designed to help young children.[264] In a video released on his official Facebook page, Maradona confirmed he would accept their nomination for him to become Latin American director for the non-governmental organization Football for Unity.[264]

Financial problems

In March 2009, Italian officials announced that Maradona still owed the Italian government €37 million in local taxes, €23.5 million of which was accrued interest on his original debt. They reported that thus far, Maradona had paid only €42,000, two luxury watches and a set of earrings.[265][266]


On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata, supposedly for psychological reasons. A representative of the ex-footballer said his condition was not serious.[267] A day later, he underwent emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma.[268] He was released on 12 November after successful surgery and was supervised by doctors as an outpatient.[269][270] On 25 November 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona died of a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed "its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend", adding: "You will always be in our hearts."[271] President Alberto Fernández announced three days of national mourning.[272]

In popular culture

Religious display of Maradona in Naples, Italy

The American newspaper The Houston Chronicle wrote about Maradona:

To understand the gargantuan shadow Maradona casts over his football-mad homeland, one has to conjure up the athleticism of Michael Jordan, the power of Babe Ruth – and the human fallibility of Mike Tyson. Lump them together in a single barrel-chested man with shaggy black hair and you have El Diego, idol to the millions who call him D10S, a mashup of his playing number and the Spanish word for God.[273]

In Argentina, Maradona is considered an icon. On the idolatry that exists in his country, former teammate Jorge Valdano said, "At the time that Maradona retired from active football, left traumatized Argentina. Maradona was more than just a great footballer. It was a special compensation factor for a country that in a few years lived several military dictatorships and social frustrations of all kinds".[274] Valdano added that "Maradona offered to the Argentines a way out of their collective frustration, and that's why people love him. There is a divine figure."[274] In leading his nation to the 1986 World Cup, and in particular his performance and two goals in the quarter-final against England, Guillem Balagué writes, "that Sunday in Mexico City, the world saw one man single-handedly – in more than one sense of the phrase – lift the mood of a depressed and downtrodden nation into the stratosphere. With two goals in the space of four minutes, he allowed them to dare to dream that they, like him, could be the best in the world. He did it first by nefarious and then spellbindingly brilliant means. In those moments, he went from star player to legend."[82]

Three icons of Argentina statues: tango pioneer Carlos Gardel, political leader Eva Perón, and Maradona

Ever since 1986, it is common for Argentines abroad to hear Maradona's name as a token of recognition, even in remote places.[42] The Tartan Army sing a version of the Hokey Cokey in honour of the Hand of God goal against England.[275] In Argentina, Maradona is often talked about in terms reserved for legends. In the Argentine film El Hijo de la Novia ("Son of the Bride"), somebody who impersonates a Catholic priest says to a bar patron, "They idolized him and then crucified him." When a friend scolds him for taking the prank too far, the fake priest retorts, "But I was talking about Maradona." He is the subject of the film El Camino de San Diego, though he himself only appears in archive footage.[276]

Maradona was included in many cameos in the Argentine comic book El Cazador de Aventuras. After the closing of it, the authors started a new short-lived comic book titled "El Die", using Maradona as the main character. Maradona has had several online Flash games that are entirely dedicated to his legacy.[277] In Rosario, Argentina, locals organized the parody religion of the "Church of Maradona". The organization reformulates many elements from Christian tradition, such as Christmas or prayers, reflecting instead details from Maradona. It had 200 founding members, and tens of thousands more have become members via the church's official web site.[278]

File:Queen maradona.jpg
Maradona (middle) with Queen during the rock band's 1981 South American tour

Many Argentine artists performed songs in tribute to Diego, such as "La Mano de Dios" by El Potro Rodrigo, "Maradona" by Andrés Calamaro, "Para siempre Diego" (Diego forever) by Los Ratones Paranoicos, "Francotirador" (Sniper) by Attaque 77, "Maradona blues" by Charly García, "Santa Maradona" (Saint Maradona) by Mano Negra, "La Vida Tombola" by Manu Chao, among others. There are also films, such as: Maradona, La Mano de Dios (Maradona, the Hand of God), El Camino de San Diego (Saint Diego's Road), Amando a Maradona (Loving Maradona), Maradona by Kusturica.[203]

By 1982, Maradona had become one of the biggest sports stars in the world and had endorsements with many companies, including Puma and Coca-Cola, earning him an additional $1.5 million per year on top of his club salary.[279] In 1982, he featured in a World Cup commercial for Coca-Cola, and a Japanese commercial for Puma.[279] In 2010 he appeared in a commercial for French fashion house Louis Vuitton, indulging in a game of table football with fellow World Cup winners Pelé and Zinedine Zidane.[280] Maradona features in the music video to the 2010 World Cup song "Waka Waka" by Shakira, with footage shown of him celebrating Argentina winning the 1986 World Cup.[281]

File:NIG-ARG (11).jpg
Banners depicting Maradona – such as this where he features alongside Lionel Messi at the 2018 World Cup – often appear at Argentina games.

A 2006 television commercial for Brazilian soft drink Guaraná Antarctica portrayed Maradona as a member of the Brazil national team, including wearing the yellow jersey and singing the Brazilian national anthem with Brazilian players Ronaldo and Kaká.[282] Later on in the commercial he wakes up realizing it was a nightmare after having drunk too much of the drink. This generated some controversy in the Argentine media after its release (although the commercial was not supposed to air on the Argentine market, fans could see it online). Maradona replied that he has no problem in wearing the Brazilian national squad jersey despite Argentina and Brazil having a tense rivalry in football, but that he would refuse to wear the shirt of River Plate, Boca Juniors' traditional rival.[283] There is a documented phenomenon of Brazilians being named in honour of Maradona,[284] an example being footballer Diego Costa.[285]

In 2017, Maradona featured as a legendary player in the football video games FIFA 18 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.[286] In 2019, a documentary film titled Diego Maradona was released by Academy Award and BAFTA Award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, director of Amy (on singer Amy Winehouse) and Senna (on motor racing driver Ayrton Senna). Kapadia states, "Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame."[287] He added, "I was fascinated by his journey, wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama. He was a leader, taking his teams to the very top, but also many lows in his career. He was always the little guy fighting against the system... and he was willing to do anything, to use all of his cunning and intelligence to win."[288]

Career statistics

Maradona made 694 appearances and scored 354 goals for club and country combined, with a goalscoring average of 0.51.


Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentinos Juniors[56] 1976 Primera División 11 2 11 2
1977 49 19 49 19
1978 35 26 35 26
1979 26 26 26 26
1980 45 43 45 43
Total 166 116 166 116
Boca Juniors[56] 1981 Primera División 40 28 40 28
Barcelona[56] 1982–83 La Liga 20 11 5[lower-alpha 1] 3 4[lower-alpha 2] 5 6[lower-alpha 3] 4 35 23
1983–84 16 11 4[lower-alpha 4] 1 3[lower-alpha 5] 3 23 15
Total 36 22 9 4 7 8 6 4 58 38
Napoli[56] 1984–85 Serie A 30 14 6[lower-alpha 6] 3 36 17
1985–86 29 11 2[lower-alpha 7] 2 31 13
1986–87 29 10 10[lower-alpha 8] 7 2[lower-alpha 9] 0 41 17
1987–88 28 15 9[lower-alpha 10] 6 2[lower-alpha 11] 0 39 21
1988–89 26 9 12[lower-alpha 12] 7 12[lower-alpha 13] 3 50 19
1989–90 28 16 3[lower-alpha 14] 2 5[lower-alpha 15] 0 36 18
1990–91 18 6 3[lower-alpha 16] 2 4[lower-alpha 17] 2 1[lower-alpha 18] 0 26 10
Total 188 81 45 29 25 5 1 0 259 115
Sevilla[56] 1992–93 La Liga 26 5 3[lower-alpha 19] 3 29 8
Newell's Old Boys[56] 1993–94 Primera División 5 0 5 0
Boca Juniors[56] 1995–96 24 5 24 5
1996–97 1 0 1[lower-alpha 20] 0 2 0
1997–98 5 2 5 2
Total 70 35 1 0 71 35
Career total 491 259 57 36 32 13 8 4 588 312


  1. Appearances in the 1982–83 Copa del Rey
  2. Appearances in the 1982–83 European Cup Winners' Cup
  3. Appearances in the 1983 Copa de la Liga
  4. Appearances in the 1983–84 Copa del Rey
  5. Appearances in the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup
  6. Appearances in the 1984–85 Coppa Italia
  7. Appearances in the 1985–86 Coppa Italia
  8. Appearances in the 1986–87 Coppa Italia
  9. Appearances in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup
  10. Appearances in the 1987–88 Coppa Italia
  11. Appearances in the 1987–88 European Cup
  12. Appearances in the 1988–89 Coppa Italia
  13. Appearances in the 1988–89 UEFA Cup
  14. Appearances in the 1989–90 Coppa Italia
  15. Appearances in the 1989–90 UEFA Cup
  16. Appearances in the 1990–91 Coppa Italia
  17. Appearances in the 1990–91 European Cup
  18. Appearance in the 1990 Supercoppa Italiana
  19. Appearances in the 1992–93 Copa del Rey
  20. Appearance in the 1997 Supercopa Libertadores


Appearances and goals by national team, year and competition
Team Year Competitive Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina U20[289] 1977 3[lower-alpha 1] 0 3 0
1979 11[lower-alpha 2] 7 1 1 12 8
Total 14 7 1 1 15 8
Argentina[56][74] 1977 3 0 3 0
1978 1 0 1 0
1979 2[lower-alpha 3] 1 6 2 8 3
1980 10 7 10 7
1981 2[lower-alpha 4] 1 2 1
1982 5[lower-alpha 5] 2 5 0 10 2
1985 6[lower-alpha 6] 3 4 3 10 6
1986 7[lower-alpha 7] 5 3 2 10 7
1987 4[lower-alpha 8] 3 2 1 6 4
1988 2[lower-alpha 9] 1 1 0 3 1
1989 6[lower-alpha 10] 0 1 0 7 0
1990 7[lower-alpha 11] 0 3 1 10 1
1993 3[lower-alpha 12] 0 1 0 4 0
1994 2[lower-alpha 13] 1 5 1 7 2
Total 46 17 45 17 91 34
Career total 60 24 46 18 106 42


  1. Appearances in the 1977 South American U-20 Championship
  2. Five appearances and one goal in the 1979 South American U-20 Championship, six appearances and six goals in the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship
  3. Appearances in the 1979 Copa América
  4. Appearances in the 1980 Mundialito
  5. Appearances in the 1982 World Cup
  6. Appearances in the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
  7. Appearances in the 1986 World Cup
  8. Appearances in the 1987 Copa América
  9. Appearances in the Four Nations Tournament
  10. Appearances in the 1989 Copa América
  11. Appearances in the 1990 World Cup
  12. One appearance in the Artemio Franchi Trophy, two appearances in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
  13. Appearances in the 1994 World Cup

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Textil Mandiyú Argentina January 1994 June 1994 12 1 6 5 08.33
Racing Club Argentina May 1995 November 1995 11 2 6 3 18.18
Argentina Argentina November 2008 July 2010 24 18 0 6 75.00
Al-Wasl United Arab Emirates May 2011 July 2012 23 11 3 9 47.83
Fujairah United Arab Emirates April 2017 April 2018 11 7 3 1 63.64
Dorados Mexico September 2018 June 2019 38 20 9 9 52.63
Gimnasia de La Plata Argentina September 2019 November 2020 21 8 4 9 38.10
Total 140 67 31 42 47.86



Boca Juniors[290]




Argentina Youth[290]



File:The Champions Promenade, Diego Maradona - panoramio.jpg
Maradona's Golden Foot award in "The Champions Promenade" on the seafront of the Principality of Monaco

See also


  1. "Decreto 936/2020 - Declárase Duelo Nacional en todo el territorio de la República Argentina" (PDF). Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (in español). 25 November 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Diego Maradona: Profile". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 30 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Maradona tricks and skills videos of the best soccer, football players ever. Football-tricks.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  4. Diego Maradona dominated 1986 World Cup after position switch – Jonathan Wilson – SI.com. Sportsillustrated.cnn.com (27 May 2010). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  5. Diego Maradona: ‘The Soccer Guru’ Archived 2 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. The Viewspaper (25 June 2010). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  6. Diego Maradona – Profile of Soccer Player Diego Maradona. Worldsoccer.about.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "FIFA Player of the Century" (PDF). touri.com. 11 December 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Maradona or Pele?". CNN Sports Illustrated, 10 December 2000. Retrieved 13 March 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 "La nuova vita del Pibe de Oro Maradona ct dell'Argentina". la Repubblica. Retrieved 3 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Snapshot: Maradona is toast of the town after signing for Napoli". The Times. Retrieved 30 March 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Diego Maradona goal voted the FIFA World Cup™ Goal of the Century". FIFA (30 May 2002). Retrieved 13 March 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Diego Maradona leaves job in UAE after failing to secure automatic promotion". Sky Sports. 6 May 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. “Yes, Diego is with us!”. Dynamo Brest. Retrieved 23 July 2018
  14. “Diego Maradona presented as Dinamo Brest chairman”. BBC. Retrieved 23 July 2018
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Diego Maradona's 'rebirth' at coaching job at Mexican side Dorados". BBC. Retrieved 10 September 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 16.0 16.1 "¡Diego, bienvenido al Lobo!". Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata (in Spanish). 5 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Diego Maradona – I was there". FIFA.com. Retrieved 22 April 2014
  18. The greatest rags-to-riches stories ever James Dart, Paul Doyle and Jon Hill, 12 April 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  19. Welch, Julie (25 November 2020). "Diego Maradona obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "ESPNdeportes.com: Fútbol argentino: Con razón Diego es amigo de Suker". ESPN (in español). Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Diego Maradona". Biography. Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. The Hand of God. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  23. "Maradona hails 'inspirational' Best". RTE Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2013
  24. "Football's Greatest – Rivelino". Pitch International LLP. 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 A SUMMARY OF MARADONA's LIFE, vivadiego.com. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  26. Maradona. Así empezó todo, El Gráfico, 25 April 2019
  27. "Diego, el de Argentinos", Clarín, 11 April 2013
  28. “Murió Juan Domingo “el Chacho” Cabrera”. Gustavo Farías on La Voz, 4 September 2007
  29. "Los primeros gritos de D10S" Archived 8 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine on La Selección website
  30. "Aquella jugada que llevó a Maradona a Boca" by Daniel Arcucchi, Cancha Llena, 22 February 2011
  31. Yo Soy El Diego, autobiography of Diego A. Maradona – Editorial Planeta (2000) – ISBN 9871144628
  32. "Fun Trivia : Diego Maradona" Archived 29 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Trivia. Retrieved 24 April 2014
  33. "25 años de romance", Clarín, 26 December 2009
  34. "Maradona por Maradona". www.clarin.com (in Spanish). 24 September 2000. Retrieved 25 November 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  35. Argentina 1981 by Osvaldo José Gorgazzi on RSSSF.com
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 "The Albiceleste underdog who conquered the world". FIFA.com Retrieved 16 May 2014
  37. Jimmy Burns (2009). "Barca: A People's Passion". p. 251. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009
  38. "Life and crimes of Diego Armando Maradona". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 October 2015
  39. 39.0 39.1 "Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 3: Bernabeu forced to pay homage as Ronaldinho soars above the galacticos". The Independent. Retrieved 29 November 2013
  40. "30 years since Maradona stunned the Santiago Bernabéu". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 2 October 2014
  41. "Real Madrid Fans Applaud Barcelona's Andres Iniesta In 'El Clasico'". NESN. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  42. 42.0 42.1 "That's one hell of a diet, Diego". 8 January 2006. Guardian Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 13 August 2006.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 "Diego Maradona gives hot, hot heat to The Butcher of Bilbao". The Guardian. 24 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  44. 44.0 44.1 Luca Caioli (2013). "Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend"
  45. 45.0 45.1 Jimmy Burns. (2011). "Maradona: The Hand of God". pp.121–122. A&C Black
  46. "Backgrounder: Diego Maradona". CBC Sports. Retrieved 14 December 2012
  47. "Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed by 80,000 fans at Real Madrid unveiling". The Guardian. London. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 48.4 48.5 48.6 48.7 48.8 48.9 "Maradona brings success to Napoli". ESPN. Retrieved 16 May 2014
  49. Clemente A. Lisi (2011). "A History of the World Cup: 1930–2010". p. 193. Scarecrow Press
  50. Nicola Sellitti (9 February 2016). "Bruscolotti, una vita in azzurro: "Napoli, ricorda quella partita dell'86"". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 7 April 2016.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  51. Richardson, James (3 April 2007). "Serie A's comeback kid eyes another miracle". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 23 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  52. "Napoli–Stuttgart". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  53. Sica, Jvan (18 April 2019). "Quando il Napoli vinse la Coppa UEFA" (in Italian). L'Ultimo Uomo. Retrieved 29 June 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  54. "1988/89: Maradona leads the way for Napoli". UEFA.com. 1 June 1989. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  55. Mocciaro, Gaetano (17 May 2016). "17 maggio 1989, Napoli trionfa in Europa: a Stoccarda arriva la Coppa Uefa" (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. Retrieved 29 June 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 56.3 56.4 56.5 56.6 56.7 56.8 De Calò, Alessandro (2011). Il calcio di Maradona ai raggi X (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. pp. 94–95.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  57. "Diego Maradona Has Appealed to European Union". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2014
  58. 58.0 58.1 "Marek Hamsik breaks Diego Maradona's Napoli scoring record". ESPN FC. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  59. 59.0 59.1 "Franco Baresi: One-on-One". Four Four Two. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  60. Landolina, Salvatore (4 October 2008). "Maradona and Ronaldo Best Ever". Goal.com. Retrieved 7 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  61. "SPORTS PEOPLE; Maradona Fined". The New York Times. 13 January 1991. Retrieved 1 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  62. May, John (19 April 2004). "Maradona's fall from grace". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  63. "After the fall: The World Cup dream is over for Diego Maradona, but there may be worse to come – a little matter of pounds 500,000-worth of smuggled cocaine, and the Naples mafia. Paul Greengrass and Toby Follett report". The Independent. London. 5 July 1994. Retrieved 1 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  64. "Camorra, arrestato il boss amico di Maradona". Corriere della Sera. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  65. Telander, Rick (14 January 2002). "At his best, Diego Maradona can be as graceful as Michael Jordan. At his worst, he can be as disgraceful as John McEnroe. The question is, which Maradona will show for the World Cup?". CNN.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  66. Landolina, Salvatore (14 January 2011). "Diego Maradona Backs Ezequiel Lavezzi To Earn Napoli Number 10 Shirt". Goal.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  67. "Sport in Short: Football – Sport". The Independent. UK. 15 July 1992. Retrieved 6 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  68. "Maradona ‘a main contender to replace Villas-Boas at Tottenham’" Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Yahoo. Retrieved 24 June 2014
  69. Strong, Gregory (25 November 2020). "Magical Day: A memorable Canadian one-off with the mighty Maradona". thestar.com. Toronto Star. Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  70. Rookwood, Dan (10 November 2001). "Maradona finishes on a personal high". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  71. Diego Maradona at Encyclopædia Britannica
  72. 72.0 72.1 72.2 "FIFA World Youth Tournament 1979 Technical Study Report" (PDF). FIFA. pp. 97–109. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  73. MacPherson, Graeme (30 October 2008). Maradona to receive Hampden welcome, The Herald.
  74. 74.0 74.1 Pierrend, José Luis (30 July 2001). "Diego Armando Maradona – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 2 November 2001. Retrieved 25 June 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  75. 75.0 75.1 75.2 75.3 75.4 "Maradona, as others see him". FIFA.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013
  76. "FIFA Under-20 World Championships Awards" Archived 12 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine. RSSSF. Retrieved 20 March 2015
  77. 1982 – Story of Spain '82. Planet World Cup. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  78. Brewin, John (9 June 2010) "Diego Maradona: God's gift" Archived 8 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. ESPN Soccernet.
  79. "Castrol World Cup Legends: Diego Maradona – 1986". Goal.com (10 June 2010). Retrieved 14 December 2012
  80. 80.0 80.1 "World Cup 1986". ESPN. Retrieved 24 April 2014
  81. "1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico: Italy – Argentina" Archived 16 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine. FIFA. Retrieved 14 December 2012
  82. 82.0 82.1 "Diego Maradona dies: Guillem Balague on 'the magician, the cheat, the god, the flawed genius'". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  83. 83.0 83.1 "Maradona lights up the world – with a helping hand". FIFA.com. Retrieved 13 May 2014
  84. McCarthy, David (18 November 2008). Terry Butcher: Maradona robbed England of World Cup glory Archived 27 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Daily Record.
  85. Motson, John (2006). Motson's World Cup Extravaganza. p.103. Robson, 2006
  86. "Top 10 World Cup goals". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 August 2014
  87. "100 Greatest Sporting Moments – Results". London: Channel 4. 2002. Archived from the original on 4 February 2002. Retrieved 8 August 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  88. Clive Gammon (7 July 1986). "Tango Argentino!". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 May 2014
  89. Castrol Worldcup Statistics – Diego Maradona. Castrolfootball.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  90. 90.0 90.1 90.2 Darby, James. (10 June 2010) WorldCup Legends: Maradona. Goal.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  91. "Spain's 2010 conquerors in numbers". FIFA.com. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  92. "Argentina's Road to the World Title" (PDF). fifa.com. FIFA. p. 228. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  93. "Adidas Golden Ball Winners" from Archived 17 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. FIFA.com (14 November 2012). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  94. 94.0 94.1 94.2 94.3 Pelé and Maradona – two very different number tens. FIFA.com (25 January 2001). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  95. "Maradona was on another level – Zidane". Goal. Retrieved 20 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  96. Messi’s Goal Better Than Maradona's Goal of the Century? worldrec.info. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  97. 97.0 97.1 97.2 97.3 "From spectacular to scandalous: Maradona's World Cup legacy". ESPN. Retrieved 14 May 2014
  98. Baxter, Kevin (4 July 2014). "Argentina's Lionel Messi still has one man to beat". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  99. Goff, Steven (4 July 2014). "It's Argentina vs. Belgium in the World Cup, but always Lionel Messi vs. Diego Maradona". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  100. Thomas, Russell (6 June 2002). "England's past four World Cup clashes with Argentina". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  101. Molinaro, John F. (21 November 2009). "1986 World Cup: The Diego Maradona Show". CBC Sports. Retrieved 17 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  102. Molinaro, John (9 June 2018). "History of the World Cup: 1986 – Maradona puts on a show in Mexico". Sportsnet. Retrieved 17 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  103. 103.0 103.1 "World Cup 1990".ESPN. Retrieved 24 April 2014
  104. "After Second Test, Maradona Is Out of World Cup". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  105. 105.0 105.1 Jon Carter (26 May 2010). "First XI: World Cup celebrations". ESPN. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  106. Hylands, Alan. Diego Maradona, about.com.
  107. "Argentina's tribute to Maradona". BBC. Retrieved 14 May 2014
  108. 108.0 108.1 "Diego Maradona – I was there". FIFA.com. Retrieved 23 June 2014
  109. Siregar, Cady (11 June 2019). "What is a false nine? Messi, Hazard & how the attacking role works". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  110. Wilson, Jonathan (27 May 2010). "Maradona the coach can learn from experience of Maradona the player". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  111. Wilson, Jonathan (19 November 2008). "The Question: is 3-5-2 dead?". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  112. Doyle, John (29 June 2018). "Lionel Messi plays for Argentina but he is not a traditional Argentine player". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 12 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  113. Barra, Allen (12 July 2014). "Germany, Argentina, and What Really Makes a World Cup Team". The Atlantic. Retrieved 12 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  114. 114.0 114.1 David Patrick Houghton (2008). "Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases". p. 43. Routledge, 2008
  115. 115.0 115.1 Susan Ratcliffe (2001). "People on People: The Oxford Dictionary of Biographical Quotations". p. 234. Oxford University Press, 2001
  116. 116.0 116.1 116.2 Gullit, Ruud (14 May 2010). "Perfect 10s". ESPN FC. Retrieved 8 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  117. Khazan, Olga (12 June 2014). "Why Being Short Can Help in Soccer". The Atlantic. Retrieved 14 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  118. "Maradona? Really?". Montreal Gazette. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  119. Burns, Jimmy (9 July 2014). "World Cup Legends #1: Diego Maradona". Esquire. Retrieved 11 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  120. Yannis, Alex (23 June 1994). "WORLD CUP '94; Maradona Lets Feet Talk for Him". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  121. Gorney, Cynthia (9 August 1981). "!Maradona!". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  122. 122.0 122.1 Allan Jiang (25 January 2012). "50 Greatest Dribblers in World Football History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 22 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  123. 123.0 123.1 Scott Murray (15 October 2010). "The Joy of Six: Great dribbles". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  124. "Messi's a world treasure says Johan Cruyff" Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. The Mirror. Retrieved 1 August 2014
  125. "We Missed the Premier League, Too: The Legendary Career of Thierry Henry". NBC4 Washington. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  126. Maradona's World Cup magic. BBC Sport (19 April 2004). Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  127. 127.0 127.1 Staff, Guardian (19 April 2004). "Recall the best not the worst of Maradona, says David Lacey". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  128. Doyle, Mark (27 March 2020). "Mythbuster: 'Messi is not Maradona' - Did Diego win the World Cup on his own?". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  129. Lowenstein, Stephen (2009). My First Movie, Take Two: Ten Celebrated Directors Talk About Their First Film. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. xi. ISBN 978-1-4000-7990-2. Retrieved 29 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  130. "World Cup’s top 100 footballers: how to choose between Pelé and Maradona?". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2014
  131. John H Kerr (2004). "Motivation And Emotion in Sport". p. 2. Taylor & Francis,
  132. Zavala, Steve (17 August 2017). "Top 20 Soccer Players of All-Time". Medium. Retrieved 11 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  133. "Sacchi: "Maradona il più grande Il Milan voleva prenderlo"". Il Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 30 October 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  134. "Does Diego still have the touch of a leader?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  135. "Messi lacks Maradona's charisma, claims Batistuta". Four Four Two. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  136. Genta, Carlo (30 October 2008). "Maradona, il ct dei sogni che può vincere il Mondiale". Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian). Retrieved 13 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  137. "Enraptured by 'rabonas'". FIFA.com. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  138. Robin Hackett (17 January 2013). "The art of rabona". ESPN FC. Retrieved 9 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  139. "Free kick expert Maradona leads by example". Reuters. Retrieved 19 May 2014
  140. "Tension from 12 yards". FIFA.com. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  141. Hersh, Phil (25 June 1986). "Soccer Celebrates its 'San' Diego". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  142. 142.0 142.1 "Kings of the free-kick". FIFA.com. Retrieved 20 May 2014
  143. 143.0 143.1 Matchett, Karl (6 February 2017). "Where Does Lionel Messi Rank Among the Greatest Free-Kick Takers of All Time?". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 30 April 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  144. 144.0 144.1 144.2 Giancarlo, Galavotti (26 January 1999). "Zola applaude Mihajlovic: "E' il piu' completo"" [Zola applauds Mihajlovic: "He is the most complete"]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 8 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  145. 145.0 145.1 Lara, Lorenzo; Mogollo, Álvaro; Wilson, Emily (20 September 2018). "Messi and the other best freekick takers in football history". Marca. Retrieved 8 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  146. "Del Piero? Tira alla Platini" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. 24 October 1995. p. 44. Archived from the original on 6 November 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  147. Cetta, Luca (19 March 2014). "Free-kick master Pirlo". Football Italia. Retrieved 8 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  148. Sanderson, Tom (10 November 2019). "Dead Ball Genius: How Messi Learned From Maradona, Ronaldinho And Deco To Become The Game's Greatest Free-Kick Taker". Forbes. Retrieved 8 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  149. "El maestro Maradona: football legend to be Argentina manager". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 May 2014
  150. Geoff Tibballs (2003). "Great Sporting Scandals". p. 227. Robson, 2003
  151. "Maradona scores $1800-a-seat ticket sales, proving the bad boys of sport are hard to match". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 May 2014
  152. "13 June 1990: Diego Maradona's other World Cup handball". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2015
  153. "World Cup Legends #1: Diego Maradona" Archived 3 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Esquire. Retrieved 3 February 2015
  154. "Argentina coach Diego Maradona writes another chapter in a turbulent life". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2015
  155. Taylor, Chris (9 November 2005). "A Big Hand". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2015
  156. Jimmy Burns (2011). "Maradona: The Hand of God". p. 17. A&C Black
  157. Marco Azzi (13 November 2006). "Rabona, ' o tocco magico di Diego" [Rabona, Diego's magic touch]. La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 9 April 2016.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  158. Brian Glanville (2010). "The Story of the World Cup: The Essential Companion to South Africa 2010". p. 320. Faber & Faber
  159. 159.0 159.1 159.2 159.3 Murray, Andrew (26 September 2017). "FourFourTwo's 100 Greatest Footballers EVER: No.1, Diego Maradona". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  160. "Pele or Maradona, who is the greatest?". BBC Sport. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  161. Brewin, Joe (25 February 2020). "10 of Diego Maradona's best moments: the greatest player of all time?". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 5 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  162. Vinay, Adarsh (16 January 2008). "Pelé or Diego Maradona: Who is the Greatest Soccer Player of All Time?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 5 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  163. Kane, Desmond (23 March 2016). "The top five players of all time - where does Johan Cruyff rank on our list of greats?". Eurosport. Retrieved 5 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  164. 164.0 164.1 "That's one hell of a diet, Diego". The Guardian. 8 January 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  165. Marino, Giovanni (8 May 2018). "I mille colori di Maradona in bianco e nero". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 13 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  166. 166.0 166.1 "Napoli, Carnevale racconta: "Maradona una volta si presentò un'ora prima di giocare"" (in Italian). sport.sky.it. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  167. Corbetta, Vincenzo (4 October 2018). "Bianchi, passione e rigore di un vincente". Brescia Oggi (in Italian). Retrieved 14 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  168. "Bianchi: "Messi? Gioca in un Barcellona perfetto, mentre Diego..."". Tutto Napoli (in Italian). 9 March 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  169. Vecsey, George (27 May 1990). "Soccer's Little Big Man". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  170. Landolina, Salvatore (10 June 2011). "Diego Maradona made excuses to dodge Napoli training - Luciano Moggi". Goal.com. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  171. Moore, Nick (30 June 2007). "Marcel Desailly: Perfect XI". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  172. Hill, Steve (10 April 2020). "When the poorest city in Italy bought the world's most expensive player: What the Diego Maradona movie teaches us about one of football's greats". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  173. Tyers, Alan (22 March 2020). "Maradona, the magic, the madness: takeaways from Diego Maradona film on Channel 4". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  174. Phull, Hardeep (26 September 2019). "How cocaine, fame and the Mafia destroyed Diego Maradona". The New York Post. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  175. Alarcón, Daniel (13 October 2019). "The Tragedy of Diego Maradona, One of Soccer's Greatest Stars". The New Yorker. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  176. Gore, Will (27 June 2018). "The reason we English dislike Maradona so much is because we've never got over the Falklands War". The Independent. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  177. "Germany hammers Argentina 4-0 to reach World Cup semis". CTV News. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  178. Pellizzari, Tommaso (29 November 2019). "Diego Maradona, fenomenologia del campione delle contraddizioni". Il Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 13 April 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  179. Agnew, Paddy (18 January 2005). "Evergreen Maldini still the soul of the Rossoneri". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 April 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  180. "Ho pianto per Radice. Maradona il più forte di sempre, ma a Van Basten è stato ancora più difficile prendere la palla". Il Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 22 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2019.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  181. 181.0 181.1 "World Soccer Players of the Century". World Soccer. Retrieved 29 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  182. 182.0 182.1 IFFHS' Century Elections. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.com (30 January 2000). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  183. "Pelè è più forte di Maradona, Zidane 3°, Baggio 9°: i migliori 10 secondo la Fifa" [Pelè better than Maradona, Zidane 3rd, Baggio 9th: the best 10s according to FIFA]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 2 March 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  184. George Arnett; Ami Sedghi (29 May 2014). "The World Cup's top 100 footballers: by nationality, goals scored and votes". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  185. 185.0 185.1 “Ranked! The 25 best World Cup players EVER” Archived 18 June 2018 at the Wayback Machine. Four Four Two. Retrieved 28 July 2018
  186. Gallagher, Jack (27 March 2020). "Diego Maradona: The Extremes of Footballing Morality & the Greatest of All Time". www.90min.com. Retrieved 5 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  187. Solhekol, Kaveh; Sheth, Dharmesh (30 May 2020). "Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The best players never to win Champions League 25-1". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  188. Interview with Jorge Valdano. el-mundo.es (2001) (in Spanish).
  189. "ICON: When Diego Maradona fought an exhibition boxing match for charity back in 1996 and jokingly attacked the referee". talksport.com. 25 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  190. Maradona 'tells all' in autobiography. Associated Press. 20 December 2000.
  191. Garcia, Anne-Marie (21 February 2002) Maradona donates royalties from Cuban edition of his book. granma.cu.
  192. "Maradona or Pele?". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 26 June 2014
  193. Argentina can't retire Maradona's shirt Archived 25 March 2003 at the Wayback Machine ESPNsoccernet.com, 26 May 2002. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  194. Hamilton, Fiona (22 March 2010). "The ten greatest World Cup playersbr No 1 Diego Maradona Argentina". The Times. London. Retrieved 1 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  195. White, Duncan (29 October 2011). "Jay Bothroyd puts good times with playboy Saadi Gaddafi, son of dead Libya tyrant Colonel Gaddafi, behind him". National Post. Retrieved 31 March 2012
  196. 196.0 196.1 "Maradona sends Calcutta into frenzy". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2014
  197. 'El Diez emprende dos nuevos desafíos', ESPN Deportes (28 July 2005). Retrieved 17 August 2005.
  198. "Roberto Durán estuvo con Diego Maradona" Archived 3 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Prensa.com. Retrieved 2 September 2014
  199. "Tyson Must Return to Brazil for Trial". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 May 2014
  200. "Maradona Rejects Role With Argentina Team". The New York Times. Reuters. 10 November 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  201. "Maradona scores but England win UNICEF match Archived 18 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine", Yahoo!-FIFA
  202. 'El Diego quits his beloved Boca', FIFA News (26 August 2006). Retrieved 26 August 2006 .[dead link]
  203. 203.0 203.1 "Maradona by Kusturica".. The Independent. Retrieved 2 June 2014
  204. "Interreligious Match for Peace: 1/9/2014". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  205. 205.0 205.1 "Il Papa a Maradona: "Ti aspettavo". Diego show con Baggio, poi si infuria: "Icardi non-doveva giocare"". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  206. "29 Years on from the Infamous Argentina-England Match, Maradona holds up his hands in apology", Marca.com, 17 August 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  207. "Maradona visits Tunisian referee who awarded him 1986 "Hand of God" goal", El Pais, 18 August 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  208. "Diego Maradona fired as Al Wasl coach". San Francisco Chronicle. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  209. "Maradona wants to hold talks to save Al Wasl job". The Times of India. 12 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  210. Staff. "Angulo hat-trick helps get Maradona off to winning start in Mexico". Channel NewsAsia.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  211. "Maradona out as Dorados manager, cites health". ESPN. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  212. "Diego Maradona leaves Gimnasia de La Plata after just two months". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 November 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  213. "Diego Maradona announces Gimnasia return - two days after quitting". BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  214. 214.0 214.1 214.2 214.3 Scandolo, Ramiro (21 November 2019). "Maradona to stay on at Gimnasia". Reuters. Retrieved 26 November 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  215. 215.0 215.1 215.2 215.3 "Maradona returns as Gimnasia head coach, two days after stepping down". Yahoo Sports. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  216. "Maradona pledges future to Gimnasia after club elections - Xinhua | English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  217. "Maradona keeps Gimnasia gig despite struggles". ESPN.com. 3 June 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  218. Campbell, Andy (19 November 2008). "Scotland 0–1 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  219. "Last-gasp Palermo wins it in the rain". ESPN. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  220. "Late winner puts Argentina in World Cup finals". CNN. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  221. World Cup 2010 (15 October 2009). "Diego Maradona Tells Press To 'Suck It' After Argentina Triumph Over Uruguay". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  222. "Maradona hit with two-month ban". BBC Sport. London. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  223. Dawkes, Phil (12 June 2010). "Argentina 1–0 Nigeria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  224. Stevenson, Jonathan (17 June 2010). "Argentina 4–1 South Korea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  225. "Maradona's men in top spot". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  226. Longman, Jeré (3 June 2010). "Germany Shows Its Strength". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  227. "Sad Maradona considers quitting". BBC Sport. 4 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  228. "Argentina to offer Diego Maradona new four-year deal". BBC Sport. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  229. "Diego Maradona departs as manager of Argentina". The Guardian. London. Press Association. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  230. "'Betrayed' Maradona lashes out at AFA". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  231. La Liga (19 February 2009). "Diego Maradona Becomes A Grandfather As Sergio Aguero Junior Is Born". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  232. ESPN Deportes – "Llega en son de paz". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2006
  233. ESPN Deportes – "El amor al ídolo". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2006
  234. "Diego Maradona Junior". Resport.it. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  235. Clarin.com – "Había una vez... un elenco para la selección". Clarin. Retrieved 19 May 2006
  236. Clarin.com – "Dalma Maradona: diario de una princesa". Clarin. Retrieved 19 May 2006
  237. "Prima Dona". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 19 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  238. “Diego Maradona’s father Don Diego dies aged 87”. The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2018
  239. "La historia del sobrino de Maradona que juega en River: su polémica llegada al club y su particular parecido con el tío". La Nación. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  240. Maradona's fall from grace John May, 19 April 2004, BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  241. "The New York Times: SOCCER; Maradona Sentenced". AP via New York Times. 19 September 1991.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  242. Firpo, Hernán (2 April 2020). "El éxito que llegó de España La extraña historia de Mi enfermedad, o cuando Fabiana Cantilo resucitó a Andrés Calamaro". Clarin (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 July 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  243. "Maradona has surgery on stomach". BBC. 6 March 2005. Retrieved 28 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  244. Associated Press. "Maradona's gastric bypass inspires obese Colombians". ESPN. Retrieved 28 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  245. "Maradona treated for alcoholism". BBC. Retrieved 1 February 2015
  246. Calegari, Rodrigo (26 April 2007). "Malas lenguas" Archived 18 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Diario Olé (Spanish)
  247. "Maradona leaves alcoholism clinic". BBC News. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  248. "Maradona says he no longer drinks". ESPNsoccernet (8 May 2007).
  249. "Diego Maradona recovering in hospital after operation for internal bleeding". BBC Sport. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  250. Taylor, Chris (6 November 2005). "A big hand". The Observer. UK. Retrieved 19 June 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  251. Maradona, Diego; Daniel Arcucci; Ernesto Cherquis Bialo (2005). El Diego. London: Yellow Jersey. ISBN 0-224-07190-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  252. Carroll, Rory (20 August 2007). "Maradona and Chávez laugh over 'hand of god' goal on chat show". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 20 August 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  253. "Maradona fancies a Copa". Metro. Retrieved 21 May 1014
  254. "Chávez and Maradona Lead Massive Rebuke of Bush". The Nation. 5 November 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  255. "Image of Maradona wearing the STOP BU卐H shirt". Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  256. "Ex-soccer star Maradona tells Chavez he hates U.S." Reuters. 19 August 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  257. 257.0 257.1 "Football awaits an audience with Italy and Argentina" Archived 4 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Eurosport. Retrieved 2 September 2014
  258. "Diego Maradona meets Pope Francis in Rome". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 September 2014
  259. Naughton, Philippe (3 April 2008). "Diego Maradona makes a fan of President Ahmadinejad of Iran". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 28 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  260. 260.0 260.1 260.2 "Diego Maradona visits Hugo Chavez tomb" Archived 25 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. NDTV. Retrieved 29 November 2013
  261. "Así bailó Maradona durante el cierre de campaña de Maduro". El Nacional. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  262. "Maradona acompañó a Maduro en su cierre de campaña electoral". Panorama. 17 May 2018. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  263. "Federación México multa a Maradona por dedicar triunfo a Maduro". Reuters (in español). 8 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  264. 264.0 264.1 "Diego Maradona sends a 'big hug to the Houses of Parliament' and thanks the Queen". London Evening Standard. 21 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  265. Police seize Maradona's earrings BBC News, 19 September 2009
  266. Maradona still owes 37 million euros, taxman says. wsn.com (28 March 2009).
  267. Rey, Deborah; McStay, Kirsten (3 November 2020). "Football legend Diego Maradona admitted to hospital with signs of depression". Daily Record. Retrieved 3 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  268. "Argentina great Maradona to have emergency brain surgery". ESPN. 3 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  269. CNN, Tatiana Arias and Hugo Correa. "Diego Maradona discharged from clinic following successful brain surgery". CNN. Retrieved 12 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  270. "Diego Maradona dies aged 60". The Independent. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  271. "Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60". BBC News. Retrieved 25 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  272. Ben Church (25 November 2020). "Diego Maradona dies aged 60". CNN. Retrieved 25 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  273. Bensinger, Ken (8 June 2010) Maradona puts his Legacy on the Line at the World Cup Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Houston Chronicle.
  274. 274.0 274.1 "¿Es el sucesor natural?". ESPN Deportes. (Ed, 29 June 2014). Retrieved 3 July 2014
  275. Shields, Tom (9 April 2006). LET'S RAISE A GLASS TO MARADONA TOM SHIELDS SPORT DIARY Archived 8 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Sunday Herald.
  276. Sanjurjo Toucon, Alvaro Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. FIPRESCI, film analysis, "A Chronicle of Men and Heroes", 2006.
  277. "Maradona Soccer Game". Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  278. "Maradona in intensive care". BBC Sport (28 April 2004). Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  279. 279.0 279.1 Jimmy Burns (2011) "Maradona: The Hand of God". pp. 71, 84. A&C Black
  280. "Maradona, Pelé and Zidane for Vuitton". GQ Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2014
  281. "Shakira launches clip 'Waka Waka' Cup official music" (in Portuguese). Reforma. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  282. "ARCHIVO 10, Diego Maradona – Videos de publicidades". Archivo10.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  283. "Maradona diz não se arrepender de usar camisa do Brasil na TV". AdNews.com.br. 30 April 2006. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  284. "World Cup 2014: Brazilians named after Maradona and Lineker". BBC Sport. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  285. Burt, Jason (31 January 2015). "Diego Costa: I take things to limit but I did nothing wrong". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  286. "FIFA 18 to include 95-rated icon Diego Maradona as EA Sports adds footballing legend to Ultimate Team". Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 September 2017
  287. "Film-maker Asif Kapadia: 'Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame'". The Guardian. 1 October 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  288. "Amy director Asif Kapadia set to make Maradona documentary". The Independent. 1 October 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  289. "Estadísticas con la Selección Argentina". diegomaradona.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  290. 290.0 290.1 290.2 290.3 290.4 De Calò, Alessandro (2011). Il calcio di Maradona ai raggi X (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. p. 6.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  291. Josef Bobrowsky (9 July 2009). "Artemio Franchi Trophy 1993". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 19 October 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  292. 292.0 292.1 292.2 292.3 292.4 292.5 292.6 292.7 292.8 "The Albiceleste underdog who conquered the world". FIFA. Retrieved 27 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  293. “Argentina – Player of the Year”. Rsssf.com. Retrieved 28 July 2018
  294. "Todos los ganadores del oro, desde 1954" [All gold winners since 1954]. La Nación (in Spanish). Buenos Aires. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 1986 Diego Maradona (Fútbol)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  295. "Guerin d'Oro". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  296. Anatolii Skorobahatko (25 August 2015). "Best European footballers by season" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). Ukrainian Football. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  297. "World Cup 1986 – Statistics". Planetworldcup. Retrieved 28 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  298. Pierrend, José Luis (6 March 2012). ""Onze Mondial" Awards". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  299. "World All-Time Teams". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 June 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  300. "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  301. "Combien de Ballon(s) d'Or France Football aurait pu remporter Diego Maradona ?". France Football (in français). 29 October 2020. Archived from the original on 14 November 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  302. “Marca Leyenda: Diego Maradona” Archived 17 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine. Marca. Retrieved 28 July 2018
  303. Nápoli retira camiseta número 10 en homenaje a Maradona, Caracol, 24 August 2000
  304. “FIFA Dream Team: Maradona voted top player” Archived 6 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Reuters. 19 June 2002.
  305. "Golden Foot – Diego Armando Maradona". Goldenfoot.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  306. “Un diario inglés eligió a Maradona como el mejor jugador de la historia de los mundiales” Archived 30 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine. El Comercio. Retrieved 28 July 2018
  307. “CdS, Maradona meglio di tutti, batte anche Valentino Rossi“ Archived 12 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine. Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 28 July 2018
  308. "Wall of Fame". Globe Soccer.com. Retrieved 28 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  309. Jamie Rainbow (2 July 2013). "The Greatest XI: how the panel voted". World Soccer.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  310. "Italian football Hall of Fame to induct ten new stars". 25 October 2016. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  311. "La Selección de Todos los Tiempos" [The Team of All Time] (in Spanish). Argentine Football Association. 4 January 2016. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  312. "Top 50 des joueurs sud-américains de l'histoire" [Top 50 South-American footballers in history]. L'Équipe (in French). 4 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  313. "IFFHS announce the 48 football legend players". IFFHS. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


External links

World Cup-winners status
Preceded by
Carlos Alberto Torres
Latest Born Captain to Die
25 November 2020 – present

Script error: The function "top" does not exist.

Script error: The function "bottom" does not exist.

Script error: The function "top" does not exist.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United Kingdom Steve Cram
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

Succeeded by
Canada Ben Johnson
Preceded by
Argentina Hugo Porta
Olimpia de Oro
Succeeded by
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
Preceded by
Soviet Union Sergey Bubka
L'Équipe Champion of Champions
Succeeded by
Canada Ben Johnson

Template:Onze Mondial European Footballer of the Year

Template:1984 World Soccer World XI Template:1987 World Soccer World XI

Template:Ballon d'Or Additional Awards Template:Golden Foot Legends Award

Template:South American Team of the 20th Century Template:FIFA World Cup Dream Team Template:Copa América Historcial Dream Team Template:World Soccer Greatest XI of All Time Template:Italian Football Hall of FameScript error: The function "bottom" does not exist. Script error: The function "top" does not exist.

Template:Fujairah FC managers Template:Dorados de Sinaloa managers

Script error: The function "bottom" does not exist.