The Italian match is renowned for Maradona being aggressively man-marked by Claudio Gentile, as Italy beat Argentina at the Sarrià Stadium in Barcelona, 2–1. The American newspaper Houston Chronicle wrote of Maradona: To understand the gargantuan shadow Maradona casts over his football-mad homeland, one has to conjure up the athleticism of Michael Jordan, the power of Babe Ruth – and the human fallibility of Mike Tyson. In fact, we asked him for his ID card so we could check it, but he told us he didn't have it on him. [139], Lauding the "charisma" of Maradona, another of his Argentina teammates, prolific striker Gabriel Batistuta, stated, "Diego could command a stadium, have everyone watch him. [156] Although critical of the illegitimate first goal, England striker Gary Lineker conceded, "When Diego scored that second goal against us, I felt like applauding. [275][276] During the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, the Mexican Football Federation fined him for violating their code of ethics and dedicating a team victory to Nicolás Maduro. Two Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia for a team that had bare silverware in its clubhouse, made Maradona almost as revered in the Campania region as the man sitting in the Vatican, 200 kms to the north. [274] Having visited Chávez's tomb with Maradona, Maduro said, "Speaking with Diego was very emotional because comandante Chávez also loved him very much. FIFA President João Havelange and General secretary Joseph S. Blatter waiting for the prize ceremony to start after the final", "Germany 1 - 0 Argentina - German President Richard von Weizsaeckergoing to award Thomas Haessler (bending over) a medal", "FIFA World Cup - Italia 1990; Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. He's the greatest there's ever been. He also went on to say of Maradona's performance: "The brilliant Argentine artist single-handedly delivered his country its second World Cup." [267], In 2004, he participated in a protest against the U.S.-led war in Iraq. His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. [234] On 27 July, however, the AFA announced that its board had unanimously decided not to renew his contract, and instead awarded the job to 1978 World Cup winning captain and his 1986 teammate, Daniel Passarella. [19][20], On 20 October 1976, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors, 10 days before his 16th birthday,[21] vs. Talleres de Córdoba. He entered to the pitch wearing the number 16 jersey, and became the youngest player in the history of the Argentine Primera División. [21][39], Maradona was directly involved in a violent and chaotic fight at the 1984 Copa del Rey Final at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid against Athletic Bilbao. [93] In a tribute to him, Azteca Stadium authorities built a statue of him scoring the "Goal of the Century" and placed it at the entrance of the stadium. Notes: There was no qualification for the 1930 World Cup as places were given by invitation only. [209], On 1 September 2014, Maradona, along with many current and former footballing stars, took part in the "Match for Peace", which was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with the proceeds being donated entirely to charity. With two matches remaining in the qualification tournament for the 2010 World Cup, Argentina was in fifth place and faced the possibility of failing to qualify, but victory in the last two matches secured qualification for the finals. Codesal once again said to play on, amid penalty shouts from the Argentinian midfielder. WC 1990 MENU; Italy '90 story; Match schedule; Squads; Statistics; Picture gallery; Qualifying rounds Argentina's World Cup squad 1990. Regarding his inconsistent training regimen, the film's director, Asif Kapadia, commented in 2020: "He had a metabolism. Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in front of 115,000 fans at the Azteca with Maradona lifting the World Cup as captain. Maradona was left off the Argentine squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil by coach César Luis Menotti who felt he was too young at age 17. [312], On 30 November, after Boca Juniors opened the scoring against Newell's Old Boys at La Bombonera, the club's players paid an emotional tribute by laying a Maradona jersey in front of his private suite where his daughter Dalma was present.[313]. [205] In November 2005, however, Maradona rejected an offer to work with Argentina's national football team. 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[43] Maradona transferred to Napoli in Italy's Serie A for another world record fee, £6.9 million ($10.48 million). shipping: + $4.60 shipping . He made his full international debut at age 16, against Hungary, on 27 February 1977. [21] Maradona also appeared for Tottenham Hotspur in a testimonial match for Osvaldo Ardiles against Internazionale, shortly before the 1986 World Cup. Not that I'd want to anyway. If you've seen Diego Maradona with a football at his feet, you'll understand. He played for Argentina across four World Cup competitions in … Maradona has no peers inside the pitch, but he has turned his life into a show, and is now living a personal ordeal that should not be imitated. Sticker Argentina team MARADONA FIFA WC 1986 Mexico 86 Decje novine Yu Panini . Brian Glanville, The story of the World Cup: The essential Guide to South Africa, 2010, pp. This became known as an international fiasco in World Cup history. ", "He had complete mastery of the ball. [322], A 2006 television commercial for Brazilian soft drink Guaraná Antarctica portrayed Maradona as a member of the Brazil national team, including wearing the yellow jersey and singing the Brazilian national anthem with Brazilian players Ronaldo and Kaká. Armando Pérez Hoyos (Colombia) p. 251. [92][137] Former Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi also praised Maradona for his defensive work-rate off the ball in a 2010 interview with Il Corriere dello Sport.[138]. In total, West Germany had 16 scoring chances out of 23 shots. [327] In 2019, a documentary film titled Diego Maradona was released by Academy Award and BAFTA Award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, director of Amy (on singer Amy Winehouse) and Senna (on motor racing driver Ayrton Senna). - June 25, 1994 - This time, however, Maradona was successful with his effort, daringly rolling the ball into the net with an almost exact replica of his unsuccessful kick in the previous round. [63] On 4 December 2020, nine days after Maradona's death, Napoli's home stadium was renamed Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. In the final match, West Germany attempted to contain him by double-marking, but he nevertheless found the space past the West German player Lothar Matthäus to give the final pass to Jorge Burruchaga for the winning goal. [154] Some critics view his controversial "Hand of God" goal at the 1986 World Cup as a clever manoeuvre, with one of the opposition players, Glenn Hoddle, admitting that Maradona had disguised it by flicking his head at the same time as palming the ball. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. [32][54][55] When asked who was the toughest player he ever faced, A.C. Milan central defender Franco Baresi stated it was Maradona, a view shared by his Milan teammate Paolo Maldini. [45] Maradona played for Napoli at a period when north–south tensions in Italy were at a peak due to a variety of issues, notably the economic differences between the two. Gioca in un Barcellona perfetto, mentre Diego... "Diego Maradona made excuses to dodge Napoli training – Luciano Moggi", "When the poorest city in Italy bought the world's most expensive player: What the Diego Maradona movie teaches us about one of football's greats", "Maradona, the magic, the madness: takeaways from Diego Maradona film on Channel 4", "How cocaine, fame and the Mafia destroyed Diego Maradona", "The Tragedy of Diego Maradona, One of Soccer's Greatest Stars", "Germany hammers Argentina 4–0 to reach World Cup semis", "Diego Maradona, fenomenologia del campione delle contraddizioni", "Evergreen Maldini still the soul of the Rossoneri", "Ho pianto per Radice. What I mean is: one slept soundly the night before a game not just because you knew you were playing next to Diego and Diego did things no other player in the world could do, but also because unconsciously we knew that if it was the case that we lost then Maradona would shoulder more of the burden, would be blamed more, than the rest of us. [45] During the 1989 UEFA Cup Final against Stuttgart, Maradona scored from a penalty in a 2–1 home victory in the first leg, later assisting Careca's match–winning goal,[49][50] while in the second leg on 17 May – a 3–3 away draw –, he assisted Ciro Ferrara's goal with a header. [221] On 15 December 2019, Pellegrino, who was encouraged by Maradona to seek re-election, was re-elected to a three-year term. The match marked several firsts in World Cup history. Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was … Maradona received his first soccer ball as a gift at age three and quickly became devoted to the game. [88][89] By the end of the World Cup, Maradona went on to win the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament by unanimous vote and was widely regarded to have won the World Cup virtually single-handedly, something that he later stated he did not entirely agree with. One day I hope we can play football together in heaven. With Argentina already down 3–0 to Brazil, Maradona's temper eventually got the better of him and he was sent off with five minutes remaining for a serious retaliatory foul against Batista. "People on People: The Oxford Dictionary of Biographical Quotations". [157] A number of publications have referred to Maradona as the Artful Dodger, the urchin pickpocket from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. Final Argentina v West Germany. Another trademark was the rabona, a reverse-cross pass shot behind the leg that holds all the weight. At his worst, he can be as disgraceful as John McEnroe. [211] On 17 August 2015, Maradona visited Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian referee of the Argentina–England quarter-final match at the 1986 World Cup where Maradona scored his Hand of God, and paid tribute to him by giving him a signed Argentine jersey. [288][289] The same day, a private funeral service was held and Maradona was buried next to his parents at the Jardín de Bella Vista cemetery in Bella Vista, Buenos Aires. Both have lived more stable lives than the overweight former cocaine addict who tops this list, whose relationship with football became increasingly strained the longer his career continued. [311] On 29 November, compatriot Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona's 4–0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga, dedicating his goal to Maradona by revealing a Newell's Old Boys shirt worn by the latter under his own, and subsequently pointing to the sky. "Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases". Maradona departed this role in 2017 to become the head coach of Fujairah, in the UAE second division, before leaving at the end of the season upon failure to secure promotion at the club. [3][4] Maradona's vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature, which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other players. Jimmy Burns (2011) "Maradona: The Hand of God". [13], —Francisco Cornejo, youth coach who discovered Maradona[14], Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30 October 1960, at the Policlínico (Polyclinic) Evita Hospital in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province to a poor family that had moved from Corrientes Province; he was raised in Villa Fiorito, a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. "[262] He became friends with Cuban leader Fidel Castro while receiving treatment on the island, with Castro stating, "Diego is a great friend and very noble, too. "[264], Maradona voiced support for Bolivia's ousted president Evo Morales[265] and was also a supporter of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. [207] In September 2006, Maradona, in his famous blue and white number 10, was the captain for Argentina in a three-day World Cup of Indoor Football tournament in Spain. Resumen del Mundial Italia 90 - Seleccion Argentina Edited by PA38CBA Pierre Littbarski cut inside, dribbling past three South American defenders, but his shot from outside the box went just wide. "[45] A local newspaper stated that despite the lack of a "mayor, houses, schools, buses, employment and sanitation, none of this matters because we have Maradona". Diego Junior met Maradona for the first time in May 2003 after tricking his way onto a golf course in Italy where Maradona was playing. [297] In addition to the minute of silence in Italy's Serie A an image of Maradona was projected on stadium screens in the 10th minute of play. When Italy took on Argentina at the 1990 World Cup, Diego Maradona urged Neapolitans to support the Albiceleste. "[270] By December 2008, however, Maradona had adopted a more pro-U.S. attitude and expressed admiration for Bush's successor, then-President-elect Barack Obama, for whom he had great expectations. [85], Maradona followed this with two more goals in a semi-final match against Belgium at the Azteca, including another virtuoso dribbling display for the second goal. A&C Black, Clemente A. Lisi (2011). Taylor & Francis, Geoff Tibballs (2003). They travelled together to Naples for a series of homages in June 2005 and were seen together on other occasions, including the Argentina games during 2006 World Cup. 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