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Argentine football coach, manager and former player

  • Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine football coach as well as a manager and former player.
  • He is considered to be the greatest football player of all time.
  • He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.
  • He was born on 30 October 1960 on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
  • He made 91 appearances for Argentina, scoring 34 goals.
  • He played in four World Cup tournaments for his country.
  • He helped Boca Juniors to the league championship in 1982 before making a move to Barcelona. But in 1984, he transferred to Napoli and helped them win their only two Serie A titles to date – in 1987 and 1990.
  • He holds the record for making the most number of appearances as captain of any country in a World Cup.
  • In total, however, he made 21 appearances in World Cup tournaments.
  • A mere 15-year-old Maradona made his professional debut on October 20, 1976 for Argentinos Juniors.
  • He was part of the Argentina youth squad that won the 1979 Youth World Cup in Japan.
  • On February 27, 1977, a 16-year old Maradona made his international debut against Hungary at the Bombonera stadium in Buenas Aires.
  • He has a tattoo of Che Guevara on his arm.
  • He holds the record for suffering the most number of fouls in a World Cup – 53, during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
  • He also holds the record for the most number of fouls suffered in one game in a World Cup, when Italy fouled him 23 times in the 1982 edition of the tournament.
  • He married Claudia Villafane on November 7, 1989 in Buenos Aires, but the pair divorced in 2004.
  • In 2005, he started hosting a talk show on Argentinian television. Pele was his main guest on his very first show.
  • He was confirmed as the manager of Argentina in October 2008.
  • The Argentine Football Association (AFA) put in a request to Fifa to retire the No.10 shirt in honour of Maradona. The request was denied.
  • Argentinos Juniors have named their stadium after Maradona - Estadio Diego Armando Maradona.
  • He was appointed the sports vice-president of Boca Juniors in 2005. He quit a year later.
  • Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica has made a documentary about Maradona, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.
  • Maradona has a lookalike puppet in the French show 'Les guignols de l'info'.
  • He is good friends with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
  • He had to leave Napoli in 1991 after failing a drug test for cocaine.
  • He refused to go into the opening ceremony of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
  • Italian officials revealed last year that Maradona owes them €37 million (£32.2m). More than half this sum is interest on the original debt.
  • He averaged 0.526 goals-per-game in domestic club competitions.
  • He is the third highest goal scorer for Argentina, behind Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo.
  • The Tartan Army have a chant in praise of Maradona for sending their neighbours out of the 1986 World Cup.

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