Diego Maradona was born with a difficult life, overcoming adversity to become a legend of world football. The football career made by him has been described with beautiful words. But sadly, drugs changed everything.
Maradona’s Football Journey
Diego Maradona was born and raised in Fiorito, a southern suburb of Buenos Aires. Unlike the busy life of Buenos Aires, Fiorito is another world for the poor and dilapidated houses as it was not concerned by the government.
To become the star of Fiorito, Diego trained whenever possible, from markets, schools to the only train line running through the village. In football games with the village kids, Diego was always a star with the ability to control the ball and impressive speed.
Diego’s biggest dream was to become a professional football player. In the summer of 1969, Diego Maradona’s life turned in a new important direction when he was involved in a selection of young talents by Argentine juniors. Upon selection, Diego was one of the selected children and officially became a player for the Argentine Juniors youth team. So, the football journey of Diego Maradona started from here.
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This is stated by Asia’s most reputed sports website W88 (Link W88) that Maradona Pele is very similar to the football legend, having debuted for the national team long ago when he was only 16 years old. Diego Maradona made his national team debut on February 27, 1977 in a match against Hungary. However, he did not appear in the 1978 World Cup due to his young age.
By 1979, Maradona participated in the FIFA U20 World Cup in Japan, where he emerged as the fever of the tournament, helping Argentine U20 win the championship. Maradona was also awarded the Golden Ball Award in this tournament.
The 1982 World Cup was the first time Diego Maradona officially played on the world stage. Despite losing 0–1 to Belgium, Argentina advanced to the second round when they won matches against two teams from Hungary and El Salvador. However, that year, Argentina stopped the game early, hitting the Brazilian team.
At the end of that season, Diego Maradona scored 2 goals and played 1 red card in 450 minutes of official competition. He returned to Argentina to train and had to wait 4 years for the 1986 World Cup to shine.
The 1986 World Cup was held in Mexico. That year’s tournament was considered one of the most emotional World Cup finals in football history.
‘Hand of God’
We mention the hand of God because only God knew how Diego Maradona scored with the hand against England and was still recognized by the Tunisian referee Ali Benesur. The British were outraged, but the Argentines were happy because Maradona was for them no different than a national hero, representing the nation’s pride and victory.
On 25 June 1986, Argentina reached the semi-final against Belgium. Once again, football fans around the world had to hold their breath to watch the man’s every move, whom the French daily newspaper L’Equipe called “half-demon, half-god”.
Diego Maradona became a great football player and two goals against Belgium confirmed this. Argentina moved into the final battle with West Germany – where they met football monuments Andreas Brehm and Lothar Matthias. Throughout the match in Mexico, Maradona successfully made 90 crosses and was fouled 53 times. At the end of the tournament, he received the Golden Ball award and the title of best player in the tournament.
In the summer of 1990, Diego Maradona remained the focal point of world football. Four years later, his race is not as fast as before. However, he helped Argentina reach the final after beating Italy on penalties. Unfortunately Germany was such a strong team and Argentina collapsed in the face of the opponent’s strength.
drug use scams
After four years in America, Diego Maradona continued to devote himself to Argentina, but it was also the beginning of a series of tarnished reputations for him. When he scored against Greece, Maradona ran in front of the camera and celebrated with an unusual expression, after which FIFA tested and expelled him from Argentina on grounds of being doping positive. Since then, people have never seen Diego Maradona play in the World Cup again, because after the scandal, he officially announced his retirement.
No matter how tainted Maradona’s life may be, Diego Maradona is still a great football player. Maradona’s football goes beyond the usual confines of mechanical definition, offering spiritual values that cannot be measured or expressed in words.