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In pictures: Maradona a genius on the field, a character off

Updated : 2020-11-26 12:15:20

On the soccer field, he was considered a genius. Outside, he was a character known practically everywhere, by everybody. Diego Maradona, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60, started his story as a player in the Villa Fiorito neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and over the decades he became a soccer great.

In this file photo, former soccer great Diego Maradona flashes victory signs to fans below at the Casa Rosada government house after meeting with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Decades ago, Maradona held up his team's soccer trophy at this spot on the balcony after winning the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/Marcos Brindicci, File)
In this file photo, former soccer great Diego Maradona flashes victory signs to fans below at the Casa Rosada government house after meeting with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Decades ago, Maradona held up his team's soccer trophy at this spot on the balcony after winning the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/Marcos Brindicci, File)
 In this file photo, Diego Maradona holds up his team's trophy after Argentina's 3-2 victory over West Germany at the World Cup final soccer match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Carlo Fumagalli, File)
 In this file photo, Diego Maradona holds up his team's trophy after Argentina's 3-2 victory over West Germany at the World Cup final soccer match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Carlo Fumagalli, File)
In this file photo, Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, left, greets Pope Francis in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Diego Maradona says he's Pope Francis' top fan.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
In this file photo, Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, left, greets Pope Francis in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Diego Maradona says he's Pope Francis' top fan.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
In this file photo, Diego Maradona, coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima, sits on the bench prior to Argentina's soccer league match against Boca Juniors at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
In this file photo, Diego Maradona, coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima, sits on the bench prior to Argentina's soccer league match against Boca Juniors at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
Diego Maradona, front, is attacked by Belgium's Guy Vandermissen during the opening game of the Soccer World Cup in Barcelona, Spain.  (AP Photo, File)
Diego Maradona, front, is attacked by Belgium's Guy Vandermissen during the opening game of the Soccer World Cup in Barcelona, Spain.  (AP Photo, File)
Diego Maradona smokes a cigar as he watches Argentina's first division soccer match between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
Diego Maradona smokes a cigar as he watches Argentina's first division soccer match between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
 In this file photo released by Telam, Boca Juniors' Diego Maradona, right, and teammate Claudio Caniggia kiss as they celebrate Caniggia's goal, their team's second against River Plate, before their 4-1 victory in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (Telam via AP File)
 In this file photo released by Telam, Boca Juniors' Diego Maradona, right, and teammate Claudio Caniggia kiss as they celebrate Caniggia's goal, their team's second against River Plate, before their 4-1 victory in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (Telam via AP File)
 In this file photo, under the pouring rain, Argentina's coach Diego Maradona looks up under the pouring rain during a 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Peru, in Buenos Aires. Argentina won 2-1.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
 In this file photo, under the pouring rain, Argentina's coach Diego Maradona looks up under the pouring rain during a 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Peru, in Buenos Aires. Argentina won 2-1.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
Diego Maradona, left, beats England's goalkeeper Peter Shilton to a high ball and scores his first of two goals, known as the
Diego Maradona, left, beats England's goalkeeper Peter Shilton to a high ball and scores his first of two goals, known as the "Hand of God,"  at the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match in Mexico City.  (El Grafico via AP, File)
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