Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional footballer and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanus, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.
Maradona started playing football at a young age and was spotted by a talent scout while playing for Los Cebollitas. He made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors in 1976, at the age of 15, and quickly established himself as a rising star in Argentine soccer.
In 1981, Maradona signed with Boca Juniors, one of the most popular soccer teams in Argentina. He helped Boca Juniors win the league title in his first season with the team. He then moved to Europe, signing with Barcelona. However, his time in Spain was plagued by injuries and he only spent two seasons with the team.
In 1984, Maradona signed with Napoli, a team that had never won a league title in Italy. He quickly became the team’s captain and led them to their first-ever Serie A title in 1987. He played for Napoli until 1991, leading them to another title in 1990.
Maradona also had a successful international career, leading Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup. He scored two of the most famous goals in World Cup history, including the infamous “Hand of God” goal against England. He also led Argentina to the final of the 1990 World Cup, where they lost to West Germany.
After retiring from playing, Maradona became a coach, managing teams in Argentina, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. He also struggled with drug addiction and health problems throughout his life.
On November 25, 2020, Maradona died at the age of 60 due to a heart attack. His death was mourned by soccer fans around the world, and he was remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.