Today, a year ago, around noon, the world of football was in mourning after the death of the 10th. Diego Armando Maradona, the man who revolutionized sports leaving one of the most humble places in Argentina and achieved eternal glory.
On October 30, 1960 in Lanús, was born Diego Armando MaradonaSince he was a boy he played in the pasture of Fiorito known as “Las Siete Canchitas”. In 1969 he auditioned to be part of the lower ranks of Argentinos Juniors. As a child, Diego demonstrated with his way of playing that he seemed to be touched by the magic wand. One of the videos that continues to travel the world is from when he was only 11 years old playing little games with the ball and then declaring: “My first dream is to play a World Cup. And the second is to be champion ”, something that at that time seemed anecdotal for a boy of his age, but then fate would fulfill it.
He made his debut in the first division in 1976 playing for Argentinos Juniors, before turning 17 years old. He played in the paternal bug until 1980, and although his team did not win any championship, Maradona was the top scorer in the Argentine tournaments of 1978, 1979 and 1980.
In 1979 he began to write his history with the Argentine team when he was part of the youth team that became world champion. Two years later the two biggest clubs in the country (Boca Juniors and River Plate) were vying for the power to have “the 10” on their team. At that time Maradona decided to play for Xeneize since he recognized from a young age that it was the club of his loves.
After obtaining his only title in Argentine soccer with Boca Juniors, it was beginning to be noticed that “D10s” had the hours counted in the country and that his next destination was to emigrate to the elite of European football. It is there where the Barcelona Soccer Club who signs Diego for 1,200 million pesetas (7.2 million euros, an astronomical figure at the time), where despite winning several titles, a hepatitis and a significant injury diminish his performance.
Added to that, the bad relationship he had with the Barça leaders ended his cycle in Spain and he was transferred in 1984 to the Naples, a team that is located in southern Italy that was characterized as the team of the poor. Diego becomes an idol by winning the 1987 and 1990 leagues, the 1989 UEFA Cup and the 1991 Italian Super Cup. During his time in Italy he married Claudia Villafañe, with whom he had two daughters, Dalma and Giannina. The “soccer star” played in Naples until 1991 as a result of anti-doping detecting cocaine use, for which he was suspended for 15 months. He then had several episodes related to drugs and riots that ended in several scandals.
Maradona’s passage through the old continent ended with Sevilla, the team where he played until 1993. Then he returned to Argentina where he played in Newell’s Old Boys (1993-1994). Then he had to serve the 15-month sanction given by FIFA for the doping control in the 1994 World Cup. Boca Juniors and on October 30, 1997, on his birthday (37), he announced his definitive retirement from professional football after once again testing positive for an anti-doping control.
With the blue and white
The love story between Maradona and the Argentine National Team, started when he had won the world junior championship in Japan (1979). In the senior team, Diego was one of those that participated in four world championships: Spain (1982), Mexico (1986), Italy (1990) and the United States (1994). Came to eternal glory with him world championship played in Mexico (1986) where he made the best goal in the history of the World Cup and the famous “hand of God”. He also obtained the runner-up in Italy (1990). In 1994 the famous World Cup was played in the United States where Maradona said one of his famous phrases “They cut off my legs.” He only played two games since he tested positive in an anti-doping control and was suspended.
Drug use played a fundamental role in the life of the Argentine star, being one of the factors of his instability in football and his early retirement. In 1991, it was where “fluff” gave his first positive for cocaine for which he was sanctioned for three months, at that time he was part of Naples. The second control where he again tested positive in an anti-doping control was in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, for which he was sanctioned for 15 months. In 2000, he relapsed and was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic in Cuba, where he ended up living for several years. But his problems with drugs precipitated his goodbye from football in addition to making him go through several attempts at rehabilitation so that he could have a better quality of life.
Maradona throughout his football career had several nicknames, such as the most significant being “cosmic kite”, As Victor Hugo Morales nicknamed him in that unforgettable match against the English in the 1986 World Cup. Also the nickname of “Pelusa” that has an origin in Villa Fiorito, where they called him that way because of the type of hair he had and finally the nickname of “d10s” that everyone uses to refer to Diego Armando Maradona as if it were a religion or A lifestyle.
To close this story of what the “Genius of world football” left us, we cannot forget phrases that will remain engraved forever. “I was wrong and paid but the ball is not stained“(Phrase he said in his farewell match),” They cut off my legs “(phrase he said after the nurse entered the field of play in the 1994 World Cup),” I told Toresani on the field that I live in Segurola and Habana 4310 seventh floor. Let’s see if it lasts 30 seconds “(statement he gave to the press after a game against Colon de Santa Fe) among many others.
Diego Armando Maradona was a “kid” who was born in Argentine poverty, managed to obtain eternal glory, to be the example loved by an entire people but who in turn ruined his life with drug use.