Footballing Icons: Diego MARADONA

Diego Armando Maradona was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the 30th October 1960. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that stuck with him throughout his career. The talented playmaker was a master of the famous number 10 shirt role and was joint awarded the FIFA Player of the 20th Century alongside Pele.

At just 15 years old Diego made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors where he went on to score 115 goals in 167 appearances before his big money transfer to Boca Juniors in 1981. After a very successful first season at La Bombonera where he won the title with Boca Juniors, he attracted the attention of Barcelona who broke the World transfer fee record to capture his signature in a £5m deal. During his two injury-hit seasons at Barcelona, Maradona scored 38 goals in 58 games.

In 1984, the Argentinian magician was on the move again, moving from La Liga to Serie A to join Napoli in yet another World record transfer fee of £6.9m. He repaid the Italians by delivering the clubs first two Scudetto titles during his 7 years in Naples. Later in his career he would also play for Seville, Newall Old Boys before he returned back to Boca Juniors we’re he ended his playing career.

At international level, Maradona represented Argentina on 91 occasions, scoring 34 times, captaining the side to World Cup success in 1986.

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