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Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional football player widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Maradona began his professional career at the age of 16 with Argentinos Juniors. He then moved to Boca Juniors before making a record-breaking transfer to Barcelona in 1982. However, it was his move to Napoli in 1984 that truly cemented his legacy.
During his time at Napoli, Maradona led the club to two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup victory, becoming a hero to the people of Naples in the process. He also led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, scoring the famous “Hand of God” goal against England in the quarterfinals before scoring what is widely regarded as one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament in the same match.
Maradona’s career was not without controversy, however. He was suspended for 15 months in 1991 after testing positive for cocaine and was involved in a number of other controversies both on and off the field.
After retiring from playing, Maradona became a manager, coaching several clubs including Argentina’s national team. He remained a popular and influential figure in world football until his death on November 25, 2020, at the age of 60. His legacy lives on as a true icon of the sport, remembered for his incredible skill, passion, and impact on the game.