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" /> World Famous Peoples - Diego Maradona Biography
Diego Maradona

Quick Facts:

Birthday: 30th October 1960

Father’s Name: Diego Maradona Chitoro

Mother’s Name: DalmaSalvadora

Spouse(s): Claudia Villafane

Born In: Lanus, Buenos aires, Argentina

Nationality: Brazilian

Introduction:

Diego Maradona is considered to be one of the most finest footballer the entire world could ever have. According to the people of Argentina he was not just a sports hero for them but a divine figure. Maradona became a symbol of hope and pride for lots of people, he ignited new hopes in millions heart through his work and motivation. Maradona was an exceptionally skilled individual since his childhood itself. He is a renowned person for his abilities in controlling the ball in such a way which confuses his opponent and helps him to score well in the match. His presence of mind and the leadership qualities provides a benefit to his entire team, so in his presence all his team members remains motivated throughout the match. His constant motivation and way of playing fascinates the viewers and his fans. He has been given the nick name of “ The golden Boy” which remained with him throughout his journey.

Early Life:

Diego Armando Maradona was born in the year 1960, 30th October at the Policlinic Evita Hospital in Lanus, Buenos Aires Province but was raised in Villa Fiorito, which is a shanty town on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He belonged to a poor family. He is having four siblings and he was the first son of his parents after two daughters and he also had two younger brothers. Two of his younger brothers were also football players by profession. His parents were both born and brought up in Esquina in the north east province of Corrientes province. In the year 1950 he left Esquina along with his entire family and settles in Buenos aires. At the age of eight when he was playing in his neighbor, Maradona was spotted by a talent scout Estrella Roja. At the age of 12 years old he astonished the spectators with his amazing skills in playing football. His parents were Diego Maradona and DalmaSalvadora. At a very early age he got married to Claudia Villafane in the year 1984, 7th November at Buenos Aires and both of them had two daughters, DalmaNerea who was born in 2nd April 1987 and Gianinna Dinorah born in 16th May 1989 by whom he became a grandfather in 2009. But due to some issues Maradona divorced Villafane but afterwards both had a friendly terms with each other. He lost his mother in the year 2011 at the age of 81 years old and his father died on 25th June 2015 at the age of 87.

Career in Football:

In the year 1976, 20th October, Maradona introduced himself as a professional debut for Argentina’s junior team member in the football team. He started his journey with having jersey number sixteen over himself, which gave him a new identification. He started his journey with a legendary shot in the first day of his career itself. Maradona scored his very first goal in the Primera Division against the team Marplatense, San Lorenzo in the year 1976, 14th November at the age of sixteen year old. He served the junior team for five years from 1976 to 1981, during this time period he scored around 115 goals. He had a dream to be a part of Boca juniors team and he signed the contract with them in the year1981, 20th February. Maradona proved himself to be a precious gem for his team by achieving lots of victory to the team. In the year 1983, Maradona being a part of the Barcelona team defeated Real Madrid in one of the world’s biggest club games, where Maradona scored well and was the very first player to be praised by the Real Madrid fans also. 

But Maradona had also faced some troubles in his life just like any successful person. He had to take a break from his busy schedule of playing due to major illness. But with tremendous effort and eagerness to help his country to get victory he tried to motivate himself to get recovered from his serious illness as early as possible. As a person he was very much competitive in nature who has a spirit of winning, so due to this quality he has been found to be involved in many fights during the match and as a result of which he injured himself also during the fight. 

At Napoli, Maradona reached new heights of his career, he became the star face for his fans. During this time he was the footstep for getting success for the team. Nepoli won their first ever championship title in the year 1986 to 1987. After being caught up in the drug test for cocaine he had to leave Nepoli in disgrace in the year 1992. This was the most shameful occurrence in his life but being a sports person he managed himself to work harder for getting back his respect for once again. 

In Spain he played his first world cup tournament in the year 1982, but during that time his performance was not up to the expectations of his fans. But success was not too far to him, in the year 1986, under his captaincy his team Argentina got victory in Mexico against the team West Germany. Throughout the tournament he was recognized as the most versatile and dynamic player and he maintained his constant dominance over opponent team members. In the year 1990 he again made his team to go to the finals under his captaincy but this time his luck was not favoring him, due to a severe ankle injury he could not perform well. But in spite of having an injury also, he kept supporting his team throughout the match, this shows the true spirit of a sportsmanship. In the year 2008 Maradona joined Argentine national team as a head coach. In the year 2011 Maradona was requested to join United Arab Emirates club but he could not continue there for more than a year, before joining as a coach for the Mexici’s Dorados de Sinaloa in 2018 he did coaching in several other clubs.

Clubs: 

  • Argentinos Juniors from the year 1976 to 1981 
  • Boca Juniors from the year 1976 to 1981 
  • Barcelona from the year 1982 to 1984 
  • Napoli from the year 1984 to 1991 
  • Sevilla from the year 1992 to 1993 Newell’s Old Boys from the year !993 to 1994

Achievements and Awards:

  • Konex Foundation from Argentina granted Diamond Konex award in the year 1990.
  • FIFA World Cup winner : Mexico 1986 
  • FIFA World Cup runner up: Italy 1990 
  • FIFA Under 20- World Cup: Japan 1979

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