[8] A 2002 Channel 4 poll in the UK saw his performance ranked number 6 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. Le stade San Paolo de Naples, où Maradona bâtit sa légende en faisant les beaux jours du club local du Napoli entre 1984 et 1991, a également été rebaptisé du nom de la légende argentine. MORAL CONDITION: Mental strength 10. [284] On 25 November 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona suffered a heart attack and died at his home in Dique Luján, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. [263] In his autobiography, El Diego, he dedicated the book to various people, including Castro. Maradona was coyly evasive, describing it as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God". [27] Nevertheless, Maradona expressed his will to be transferred to Boca Juniors, the team he always wanted to play for. [181][182][183] 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. [135][136] While he was primarily a creative playmaker, Maradona was also known for his finishing and goalscoring ability. 1, by, Greatest Football Players of All-Time: No. 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. [223], After the resignation of Argentina national team coach Alfio Basile in 2008, Maradona immediately proposed his candidacy for the vacant role. [143] 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. $39.55. 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. [253] When Maradona resumed public appearances shortly thereafter, he displayed a notably thinner figure. C'est la trace laissée par les U20 champions du monde 1979, sublimés par Maradona. [81] Replays showed that the first goal was scored by striking the ball with his hand. Good leadership. "Maradona: The Hand of God". "[184] His former club and international teammate, Franco 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,"[56] while fellow former Italy defender Giuseppe Bergomi described Maradona as the greatest player of all time in 2018. Although he was known for his penchant for undertaking individual runs with the ball,[130] he was also a strategist and an intelligent team player, with excellent spatial awareness, as well as being highly technical with the ball. [11] From September 2018 to June 2019, Maradona was coach of Mexican club Dorados. Matias Morla, Maradona's longtime agent, confirmed the news to Efe news agency. [200] Argentinos Juniors named its stadium after Maradona on 26 December 2003. Aside from that, the rest of Menotti's report reads as if he were describing an all time great, a label Maradona would go on to earn for himself after bursting onto the professional scene as a teenager. FIFA expelled him from USA '94, and Argentina were subsequently eliminated in the round of 16 by Romania in Los Angeles. [123][124][125][126], Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest dribblers in the history of the game. Maradona said he was given a soccer ball soon after he could run. [151] His style of taking free kicks influenced several other specialists, including Gianfranco Zola,[149] Andrea Pirlo,[152] and Lionel Messi. In addition to his creative abilities, he possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free kick specialist. [288][289] The same day, a private funeral service was held and Maradona was buried next to his parents at the Jardín de Bella Vista cemetery in Bella Vista, Buenos Aires. 1 by, Greatest Football Players in World Cup History: No. The Argentine soccer great who was among the … [217], 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. Routledge, 2008, Susan Ratcliffe (2001). The only slight criticism aimed at Maradona in the report sent to Barcelona was the fact he had 'average heading', but that's because he stood at 5'5". [40], 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. [34] 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. 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. 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. [68], During his time with the Argentina national team, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances. [156] Although critical of the illegitimate first goal, England striker Gary Lineker conceded, "When Diego scored that second goal against us, I felt like applauding. [299] Figures in the sport from every continent around the world also paid tribute to him. Diego Maradona, the Argentine football great who scored the "Hand of God" goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before … 'Extraordinary', 'unbeatable', 'complete intelligence in football', 'excellent power', words and phrases that perfectly describe the great man. Sur l’ensemble de sa carrière de joueur, Diego Armando Maradona a remporté 11 titres, dont deux avec l’Argentine : la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA 1986™ et la Coupe du Monde U-20 de la FIFA 1979. He would help him psychologically, talk to him about philosophy, and things like that. Before his world record move to Boca Juniors in 1981, Maradona missed out on the Argentina squad for the 1978 World Cup – despite having already made his debut. When we discovered he'd been telling us the truth, we decided to devote ourselves purely to him. [80][86], During the tournament, Maradona attempted or created more than half of Argentina's shots, attempted a tournament-best 90 dribbles – 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. Personality 10. My Disease) was dedicated to him. What he did as a footballer, in my opinion, he will be remembered forever. In 1986 it was all about Maradona but in 1978 the impressive Menotti fielded a great team that played stylish attacking football. 'I’m different to anyone else so I need to train at what I’m good at and what I’m weak at.' "Maradona" redirects here. His body shape just didn’t look like a footballer, but then he had this ability and this balance. [94], 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,"[95] while Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the greatest individual performances in tournament history,"[96] with Steven Goff of The Washington Post dubbing his performance as "one of the finest in tournament annals. [9] In September 2018 he was appointed manager of Mexican second division side Dorados. L'Argentine est sacrée championne du monde pour la première fois en battant les Pays-Bas en finale, 3-1 après prolongations. [103] 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. Maradona il più forte di sempre, ma a Van Basten è stato ancora più difficile prendere la palla", "Ibrahimovic: Maradona's off-field antics don't matter", "Pelè è più forte di Maradona, Zidane 3°, Baggio 9°: i migliori 10 secondo la Fifa", "The World Cup's top 100 footballers: by nationality, goals scored and votes", “Ranked! [311] On 29 November, compatriot Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona's 4–0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga, dedicating his goal to Maradona by revealing a Newell's Old Boys shirt worn by the latter under his own, and subsequently pointing to the sky. 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. 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. He did it first by nefarious and then spellbindingly brilliant means. He was a leader, taking his teams to the very top, but also many lows in his career. [307] Three years earlier Maradona had conducted a workshop with 100 kids in the stadium and played a charity match at the same venue with former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly. [321] Maradona featured 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. [280][281], On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata, supposedly for psychological reasons. [38] The Tartan Army sing a version of the Hokey Cokey in honour of the Hand of God goal against England. Extraordinary efficiency. 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. Prodigious changes of pace. Extraordinary ball protection. 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. Four years before his move to Spain, ex-Argentina manager Cesar Luis Menotti produced what is now an iconic scouting report on a 17-year-old Maradona for Barcelona. [88][89] 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. In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one. For one of the game's major powers Argentina have produced many great players but have not had the success they probably deserve as a team. [13], —Francisco Cornejo, youth coach who discovered Maradona[14], 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. [15] He was the first son after four daughters. We were sure he was having us on because, although he had the physique of a child, he played like an adult. [80] This match was played with the background of the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom. With Ball 9.1. [66] In 1996, he played in a friendly match alongside his brother Raul for Toronto Italia against the Canadian National Soccer League All-Stars. A person close to Maradona said he died Wednesday of a heart attack. [45] Goldblatt wrote, "The celebrations were tumultuous. ...Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame. [7] 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. [32][54][55] When asked who was the toughest player he ever faced, A.C. Milan central defender Franco Baresi stated it was Maradona, a view shared by his Milan teammate Paolo Maldini. 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How many players would do that? I played with him and I can tell you how technically decisive he was for the team". Drug and alcohol experts called Maradona's abuse of one substance after another a slow-motion suicide. 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He was 60.The office of Argentina's president will decree three days of national mourning because of Maradona's death on Wednesday, and the Argentine The things I could do with a football, he could do with an orange. A genuine phenomenon. Goals scored * Mario KEMPES (ARG) 38, * Dick NANNINGA (NED) 82, * Mario KEMPES (ARG) 105, * Daniel BERTONI (ARG) 116 Maradona said he was given a soccer ball soon after he could run. GENERAL CONCLUSIONS: Young. Concentration 10. [76], Maradona played in all five matches without being substituted, scoring twice against Hungary. [273] 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. This generated some controversy in the Argentine media after its release (although the commercial was not supposed to air for the Argentine market, fans could see it online). 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The Argentine tragically passed away at the age of 60 yesterday after suffering from a cardiac arrest at his home in Buenos Aires. [3][4] Maradona's vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature, which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other players. p. 2. À l'occasion de l'anniversaire de César Luis Menotti le 5 novembre, FIFA.com revient sur la carrière du légendaire entraîneur argentin, vainqueur de la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA 1978. ", "Even if I played for a million years, I'd never come close to Maradona. [19][20], On 20 October 1976, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors, 10 days before his 16th birthday,[21] vs. Talleres de Córdoba. 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. He was first named to Argentina's national team in 1977, when he was 16. Faber & Faber. SPECIFIED TECHNIQUE: Extraordinary, effective and just dribbling. [228] The friendly match scheduled to take place at home to the Czech Republic on 15 December, during the period of the ban, was cancelled. $33.99 + $2.99 shipping . [70] On 2 June 1979, Maradona scored his first senior international goal in a 3–1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park. "[73] 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. [48], Napoli would win their second league title in 1989–90, and finish runners up in the league twice, in 1987–88 and 1988–89. 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. "[98] In a 2009 article for CBC Sports, John Molinaro described the goal as "the greatest ever scored in the tournament – and, maybe, in soccer. The question is, which Maradona will show for the World Cup? Maradona's spokesman, … [203] 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. I hate it with all my strength. Maradona 1986 Argentine 1978 Maradona N ° 10 Retro Man Jersey Jersey Hommes Kit Enfants Kit Rétro Version 86 78 MARADONA CANIGIA Vintage Shirt de football Trouver la similarit? I find it hard to apply that even to Mozart. [240] Sinagra is now a footballer playing in Italy. In those moments, he went from star player to legend. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. It also was vindication for Maradona, who in what he later called "the greatest tragedy" of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — which Argentina … How many players would even know to think like that? Starting Speed 9.5. ... who in what he later called “the greatest tragedy” of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — which Argentina won at home — because he was only 17. [16], Maradona's parents were both born and brought up in the town of Esquina in the north-east province of Corrientes, living only two hundred metres from each other on the banks of the Corriente River. Argentine legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60 at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires following a heart attack. Firstly, he was in charge of making the miracles happen, that's something that gives team-mates a lot of confidence. [239], During the divorce proceedings, Maradona admitted that he was the father of Diego Sinagra (born in Naples on 20 September 1986). Great passing. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. [261] Maradona declared his opposition to what he identified as imperialism, particularly during the 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina. 71, 84. In his autobiography, Maradona argued that the test result was due to his personal trainer giving him the power drink Rip Fuel. An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona was the first player to set the world record transfer fee twice: in 1982 when he transferred to Barcelona for £5 million, and in 1984 when he moved to Napoli for a fee of £6.9 million. ", "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. [209], 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. GRADING ASSESSMENT: Very good, extraordinary. [32], 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). [45][46], At Napoli, Maradona reached the peak of his professional career: he soon inherited the captain's armband from Napoli veteran defender Giuseppe Bruscolotti[47] 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. © 2020 Sports New Media Limited. [39] The majesty of his second goal and the notoriety of his first led to the French newspaper L'Équipe describing Maradona as "half-angel, half-devil". He made his full international debut at age 16, against Hungary, on 27 February 1977. [210] 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. The smudges could have been fingerprints, and he later blamed his behaviour on consuming lots of wine. It also was vindication for Maradona, who in what he later called "the greatest tragedy" of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — which Argentina … He was 60. [101], 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. INDIVIDUAL TACTICS: Complete intelligence in football. [28], Maradona signed a contract with Boca Juniors on 20 February 1981. He was 60. The team left him off the squad for the 1978 World Cup due to his age, but the following year, he led the under-20 national team to victory in the Junior World Cup. 3 viewed per hour. White, Duncan (29 October 2011). [297] In addition to the minute of silence in Italy's Serie A an image of Maradona was projected on stadium screens in the 10th minute of play. Retrieved 8 May 2014, Jimmy Burns (2009). "[42] 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. [69] 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. Très vite, l’Argentine prend la rencontre en main et tente de s’infiltrer dans le camp belge. "Motivation And Emotion in Sport". [190] In 2017, FourFourTwo ranked him in first place in their list of "100 greatest players,"[164] 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";[191] 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". Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009, Luca Caioli (2013). During his time with the Argentina national team, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances. Did you know Maradona was not chosen to play in the 1978 World Cup because the Argentine coach thought he was too young to play? [290], — Pelé paying tribute following Maradona's death[291], 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. Taylor & Francis, Geoff Tibballs (2003). 1, by, This page was last edited on 20 December 2020, at 17:18. [195] In 2000, Maradona published his autobiography Yo Soy El Diego ("I am The Diego"), which became a best-seller in Argentina. Diego Maradona, c'était aussi la fameuse "main de Dieu", but marqué de la main lors d'Argentine / Angleterre en 1/4 de finale de Coupe du monde 1986, … 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. ", "Messi lacks Maradona's charisma, claims Batistuta", "Maradona, il ct dei sogni che può vincere il Mondiale", "Free kick expert Maradona leads by example", "Where Does Lionel Messi Rank Among the Greatest Free-Kick Takers of All Time? ", "Sacchi: "Maradona il più grande Il Milan voleva prenderlo, "Does Diego still have the touch of a leader? After the defeat to Germany, Maradona admitted that he was reconsidering his future as Argentina's coach, stating, "I may leave tomorrow. 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. 105 shares. It also was vindication for Maradona, who in what he later called “the greatest tragedy” of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — which Argentina won at home — because he was only 17. ... Elle se "rattrapera" huit ans plus tard pour gagner de manière plus clinquante grâce à un certain Diego Maradona. [197], 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. Kempes: Maradona one of Argentina's most mythical football legends (2:04) 1978 World Cup winner Mario Kempes shares his memories of teammate Diego Maradona. It was beautiful to watch him and coach him. If each one of us gives something to someone else, no one in the world would be starving. Extraordinary reflexes. During his two injury-hit seasons at Barcelona, Maradona scored 38 goals in 58 games. [207] 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. He was always getting kicked around and he never complained – not like some of today's strikers. Item Information. English club Sheffield United came close to signing legendary footballer Diego Maradona but they pulled off due to the £40,000 extra price tag on him. 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. Maradona did so in 1979 and 1986, which Messi emulated in 2005 and 2014. 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. [129] His physical strengths were illustrated by his two goals against Belgium in the 1986 World Cup. [142] This manoeuvre led to several assists, such as the cross for Ramón Díaz's header against Switzerland in 1980. Both Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis and the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris expressed their desire to rename their stadium after Maradona, which was unanimously approved by Naples City Council. Back then they merely served as the red rag of provocation that would guarantee he would be the victim of brutal challenges wherever he played.

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