• SENSEX
    NIFTY 50
Sports

In pics: Life and time of Argentina football legend Diego Maradona

Updated : 2020-11-26 02:26:49

Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960 in a poor family and was raised in a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here's a look at the life the legendary footballer led.

Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960 in a poor family and was raised in a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He had four elder sisters and two younger brothers -- Hugo and Raul -- both of whom were also professional football players. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960 in a poor family and was raised in a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He had four elder sisters and two younger brothers -- Hugo and Raul -- both of whom were also professional football players. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Maradona was spotted by a talent scout when he was eight-years-old, while playing with a neighbourhood club Estrella Roja. He went on to become a staple at Los Cebollitas -- the junior team of Buenos Aires's Argentinos Juniors. When he was 12, he amused spectators during halftime intermissions with his skills with the ball of first division games. (Image: AFP)
Maradona was spotted by a talent scout when he was eight-years-old, while playing with a neighbourhood club Estrella Roja. He went on to become a staple at Los Cebollitas -- the junior team of Buenos Aires's Argentinos Juniors. When he was 12, he amused spectators during halftime intermissions with his skills with the ball of first division games. (Image: AFP)
Maradona made his full international debut at age 16 against Hungary on February 27, 1977. He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances during his time with the national squad. He was not included in the Argentine squad for the 1978 World Cup as then coach César Luis Menotti felt he was too young to play. He was 17-year-old then. (Image: AP Photo)
Maradona made his full international debut at age 16 against Hungary on February 27, 1977. He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances during his time with the national squad. He was not included in the Argentine squad for the 1978 World Cup as then coach César Luis Menotti felt he was too young to play. He was 17-year-old then. (Image: AP Photo)
A year later, Maradona played the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan and was the star of the tournament scoring six goals in six appearances and shining in Argentina's 3-1 final win over the Soviet Union. On 2 June 1979, Maradona scored his first senior international goal in a 3-1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park. (Image: AFP)
A year later, Maradona played the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan and was the star of the tournament scoring six goals in six appearances and shining in Argentina's 3-1 final win over the Soviet Union. On 2 June 1979, Maradona scored his first senior international goal in a 3-1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park. (Image: AFP)
Maradona's first World Cup was in 1982 was disappointing as Argentina – who were defending champions – did not even enter the final and he was sent off in a game against Brazil, which they lost 3-0. (Image: AFP)
Maradona's first World Cup was in 1982 was disappointing as Argentina – who were defending champions – did not even enter the final and he was sent off in a game against Brazil, which they lost 3-0. (Image: AFP)
Four years later, Maradona captained Argentinian in the 1986 World Cup and went on to win the final against West Germany. One of his many controversial moments came in this tournament where he scored two contrasting goals in the 2-1 quarter-final win against England. Replays showed that the first goal he scored was a handball and should've been disallowed. In 2005, Maradona admitted that he knew the goal was illegitimate. It went on to gain notoriety as the
Four years later, Maradona captained Argentinian in the 1986 World Cup and went on to win the final against West Germany. One of his many controversial moments came in this tournament where he scored two contrasting goals in the 2-1 quarter-final win against England. Replays showed that the first goal he scored was a handball and should've been disallowed. In 2005, Maradona admitted that he knew the goal was illegitimate. It went on to gain notoriety as the "Hand of God" goal. However, Maradona's second goal was voted as "Goal of the Century" in an online poll in 2002. (Image: Reuters)
He again captained Argentina in the 1990 World Cup in Italy and took his team into the final. Argentina were almost eliminated in the first round after losing their opening game to San Siro, but qualified in third position from their group. In the final game, Argentina lost 1-0 to West Germany, the only goal coming via a penalty by that Andreas Brehme scored in the 85th minute. (Image: Reuters)
He again captained Argentina in the 1990 World Cup in Italy and took his team into the final. Argentina were almost eliminated in the first round after losing their opening game to San Siro, but qualified in third position from their group. In the final game, Argentina lost 1-0 to West Germany, the only goal coming via a penalty by that Andreas Brehme scored in the 85th minute. (Image: Reuters)
The 1994 World Cup in the US was a disaster for the Argentinian as he was sent packing after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. Maradona blamed his personal trainer for giving him a power drink 'Rip Fuel', which contained the banned chemical that his trainer bought the US. (Image: AFP)
The 1994 World Cup in the US was a disaster for the Argentinian as he was sent packing after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. Maradona blamed his personal trainer for giving him a power drink 'Rip Fuel', which contained the banned chemical that his trainer bought the US. (Image: AFP)
From the mid-80s until 2004, Maradona was suspected to have been addicted to cocaine, which he allegedly started using in Barcelona in 1983, when he was playing for Napoli and was their star player. Later on, Maradona started putting on weight and suffered from obesity, at one point weighing 130 kg. He was obese from the end of his playing career until undergoing gastric bypass surgery in March 2005. In 2007, Maradona was readmitted to a hospital for hepatitis and alcohol abuse. (Image: Reuters)
From the mid-80s until 2004, Maradona was suspected to have been addicted to cocaine, which he allegedly started using in Barcelona in 1983, when he was playing for Napoli and was their star player. Later on, Maradona started putting on weight and suffered from obesity, at one point weighing 130 kg. He was obese from the end of his playing career until undergoing gastric bypass surgery in March 2005. In 2007, Maradona was readmitted to a hospital for hepatitis and alcohol abuse. (Image: Reuters)
After living a controversial post retired life, Maradona was Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata for psychological reasons in November 2020. He underwent an emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma and on November 25, 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona died of a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is survived by his ex-wife Claudia Villafane and five children from multiple partners. (Image: Reuters)
After living a controversial post retired life, Maradona was Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata for psychological reasons in November 2020. He underwent an emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma and on November 25, 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona died of a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is survived by his ex-wife Claudia Villafane and five children from multiple partners. (Image: Reuters)
Live TV

recommended for you

Ask Our Experts CNBC TV18

Advertisement