Happy Birthday ‘Football God’ Maradona. World football legend Diego Armando Maradona’s 63rd birthday today. He was born on October 30, 1960 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nicknamed ‘El Pibe de Oro’ (the golden boy) by his fans, Maradona spent most of his playing career as a midfielder for Argentinos Juniors and Napoli. Football wizard Maradona died on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60.
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Maradona’s epic history began at the age of 16. At a young age, he got an opportunity in the national team with his talent and football skills. The small-built boy brought a unique achievement for his country in Japan in 1979. At the age of 19, he won the Youth World Cup for Argentina. Where the Golden Ball title was also won by Maradona. A new star is coming to be the peddler of football dreams who understood his country by service.
Argentina’s World Cup-winning footballer Maradona primarily plays as an attacking midfielder, but has occasionally played as a second attacking player. Maradona is considered one of the most controversial figures in the world of sports and one of the most prominent figures in the media.
Argentina won the 1986 World Cup under the captaincy of one of the greatest footballers of all time. In the quarter-final against England, he scored his famous goal with his hand, which became known as the ‘Hand of God’.
Maradona is regarded as one of the biggest stars in world football in the last 50 years. He also played for clubs like Barcelona and Napoli. He scored 34 goals in 91 matches for Argentina. He played for Argentina in four World Cups.
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Maradona led the team when Argentina reached the World Cup final in 1990. Argentina beat West Germany to win the World Cup in Italy. Then in 1994, he went to America again to captain the Argentina team. But he had to return to Argentina after failing an illegal drug test.
Later in his life, Maradona struggled with drug addiction and was banned for 15 months in 1991 after testing positive for drugs in his system. He retired from professional football in 1997 on his 37th birthday. At that time he was playing in Argentina’s big team Boca Juniors.
Maradona became the head coach of the national team in 2008. However, after losing to Germany in the 2010 World Cup, Argentina exited from the quarter-finals. Maradona retired as Argentina coach after the failed World Cup. However, he has struggled with drug addiction for much of his career.
Maradona may not be alive now. But of course he is happy watching Napoli’s league title and Argentina’s World Cup win from above.