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Name Diego Maradona
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Argentina National Team
Club as Coach Al Fujairah SC
  Napoli FC
Club as Player Napoli FC
1982 05 28
Diego Maradona moves to Barcelona in football’s first £5million transfer

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona gives his take on Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Zinedine Zidane the manager] Messi isn’t better than Cristiano Ronaldo and vice versa. I like watching Neymar because despite getting kicked 200 times he always continues to dribble at opponents. I like that Zidane wins because he is contradicting the theories of a lot of other coaches

2017 05 13 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona tells his enthusiasm at becoming the new coach of United Arab Emirates second-tier side Al Fujairah SC] I am really excited. It’s a new challenge in a smaller league, although I’ll treat it like it was the best in the world

2017 07 08 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona says Lorenzo Insigne must top his 115-goal tally should he want to wear the shirt] If [Lorenzo Insigne] scores more goals than me, then he can wear [my No 10 jersey]

2017 12 16 Retrieve

[Maradona paid tribute to the late Benjamin Massing, the former Cameroon defender who passed away on 9 December] Let’s remember the late Benjamin Massing. We played against each other in the Opening Match of Italy 1990. Behind each football player, there is a man and a family. I would like to pass on my condolences to them

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona responds when asked who he thinks is the best player ever] For me … From the little that I saw, Alfredo Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff … And Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo could be up there too

2018 06 02 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona speaks about the current Argentina side] I would advise Messi to keep playing, to enjoy the game. He has to forget about the critics, if he can win the World Cup or not. He doesn’t have to demonstrate anything. He has to enjoy the game on the field. I don’t know [coach Jorge] Sampaoli, I don’t know how he plays. But I know a lot of the players and I know they will give everything. And I think they have a good opportunity to win. But I don’t choose [Argentina] as a favourite because the favourite one never wins

2018 11 17 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona talks about who he would go to in the coaching world for advice] As a coach I need to learn a lot and for that reason I think I will go to Manchester and Jose Mourinho to ask him a lot of things. Because he is the best without doubt. For me yes [he is better than Pep], Mou is the best

2019 09 14 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona says he helped Lionel Messi improve his free-kick technique] I had the best Messi and nobody can tell me otherwise, because he was able to skip past up to five players. A phenomenon. But he had an issue with free-kicks. When we finished every training session we kept Leo behind so he could practice, and he started to hit the post. I didn’t teach him how to take a free-kick. Then he asked me how I was able to score. [Maradona described his advice as to ‘simply hit it in the middle’]. And he replied, ‘But I hit it in the middle and the ball goes this way or that way’, and I told him, ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to make it’. Now he just can’t miss

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona gives his reaction to Dries Mertens surpassing his goals tally for Napoli] For me, it wasn’t a disappointment. In fact, I applauded Mertens. When he scored, I thought about Napoli and certainly not myself