The World Football mourns as the passing away of one of the Iconic and arguably, the best players that ever kicked the football hit the media on the 25th of November 2020.
Diego Maradona was popularly known by the “Hand of God” goal he scored against England, he was also known for a lot of other things.
Here are some other facts you need to know about the late Diego Maradona:
1. Diego Armando Maradona was born in the outskirts of Buenos Aires in Argentina, on the 30th of October, 1960.
2. Maradona made his professional debut on October 20, 1976, for Argentinos Juniors and at 16, he made his international debut against Hungary still in Buenos Aires
3.Diego Maradona was nicknamed the “the hand of God ” after he used his hands to score against England in the quarter-final of 1986 World Cup. He said: “The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, a little by the head of Maradona.”
4. When Maradona was manager for Argentina, the team incurred their worst defeat by losing 6-1 to Bolivia in World Cup qualifiers. Maradona got a lot of criticism and when Argentina later qualified, Maradona said “Keep sucking” and was banned for two months by FIFA.
5. Maradona criticized FIFA’s Jabulani ball on June 22, 2010. He said “I would ask all FIFA directors to stop talking about me and to start working on having a proper football, This ball is useless, it’s impossible to control.”
6. The Argentine Football Association tried to request FIFA to retire the NO.10 Jersey in honor of Maradona, but the request was denied.
7. In 1996, Diego Maradona made it known that “I was, I am and I always will be a drug addict. A person who gets involved in drugs has to fight it every day.”
8. Argentine Manager Carlos Bilardo was once asked to name his starting XI in 1990 and he said: “Diego Maradona and 10 others.”
9. In 1986, Sir Bobby Robson, a former England Manager famously said: “With Maradona, Arsenal could have won the World Cup”
10. A “Church of Maradona” in Buenos Aires was formed by fans in 1998.
11. Diego Maradona’s second goal against England, following the “hand of God” goal, was regarded as the goal of the century by FIFA.
12. Maradona had to leave Napoli in 1991, because he failed a drug test for cocaine.
13. Diego Maradona’s reason for not going to the opening ceremony of the 2006 World Cup in Germany was “I’m not here to look at bloody Pele walking around.”
14. Italian Officials disclosed that Diego Maradona owes them 37 Million Euros in 2009. More than half of this sum is interest on the original debt.
15. Diego Maradona is the only player in the history of Football that has broken the record transfer fee twice.