Ten fascinating life facts about Deigo Maradona
- Diego Armando Maradona was born in a very poor family on October 30, 1960, in Villa Fiorito, a province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Diego took a liking to football at a very tender age. When he was 12 years old he was chosen to play for Los Cebollitas.
- He made his debut for Argentinos Junior club on October 20, 1976. In his five years of association with the club team, he made 167 appearances and scored 115 goals.
- He made iternational debut for Argentina against Hungary on February 27, 1977 when he was 16 years old.
- In 1979, he played for Argentina in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and helped the team won the tournament. He was the star of the tournament and won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player.
- In 1982 he was transferred to F.C Barcelona, Spain for a record transfer fee of $7.6 million.
- In his two seasons with Barcelona, he scored 38 goals in 58 games. However, dispute with the club president and team director led to his transfer to Napoli in Italy’s Serie A for another world record fee, 6.9m.
- Maradona elevated the club to new height in its era and Napoli won its maiden Serie A Italian Championship in 1986-87.
- He won the Golden Ball award at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. In 1999, he was bestowed with the Diamond Konex Award and was adjudged ‘FIFA Player of the Century’ award in 2000, along with Pele.
- He had two daughters, Dalma and Giannina, with his wife Claudia, whom he divorced in 2004.
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