Diego Maradona facts for kids
Maradona as manager of Al-Wasl in May 2012
|Full name||Diego Armando Maradona|
|Date of birth||30 October 1960|
|Place of birth||Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Date of death||25 November 2020(aged 60)|
|Place of death||Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder
|1993–1994||Newell's Old Boys||5||(0)|
|2013–2017||Deportivo Riestra (assistant)|
|2018–2019||Dorados de Sinaloa|
|2019–2020||Gimnasia de La Plata|
Diego Armando Maradona Franco (30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020) was an Argentine football player and manager. He was nicknamed El Diez, Pelusa, El Diego and El pibe de oro. He won the World Cup in Mexico in the year of 1986.
He is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. At age 25, Diego Maradona was the main figure of Argentina's drive to its 1986 World Cup. His great skill and moves reserved him a spot in soccer history and as one of the best players. Once he controlled the ball for more than half of the entire field, beating English defenders, he kicked the ball off his left leg into the net, juking out the goalkeeper. The World Cup made Maradona the most famous soccer player after Pele from Brazil. Even the British named him "athlete of the decade."
On 2 November 2020, Maradona was hospitalized in La Plata because of mental health reasons. A day later, he had emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma. He was released on 12 November after successful surgery.
On 25 November 2020, Maradona died of a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 60.
Images for kids
Maradona being held aloft by fans of Boca Juniors after winning the 1981 Argentine Primera División
Diego Maradona holding the 1986 World Cup trophy
Maradona at the Soccer Aid charity game at Old Trafford, Manchester in May 2006, after losing weight
Maradona in Al Karama, United Arab Emirates in 2011 after being appointed manager of Dubai club Al Wasl FC
Maradona as coach of Argentina in 2009. He left the position after the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Having returned to his Catholic faith, Maradona donated a signed Argentina jersey to Pope Francis, which is located in one of the Vatican Museums.
Maradona presents a signed shirt to the former President of Argentina Néstor Kirchner in December 2007.
Religious display of Maradona in Naples, Italy
Three icons of Argentina statues: tango pioneer Carlos Gardel, political leader Eva Perón, and Maradona
Banners depicting Maradona – such as this where he features alongside Lionel Messi at the 2018 World Cup – often appear at Argentina games
Maradona’s Golden Foot award in “The Champions Promenade" on the seafront of the Principality of Monaco
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