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Name Diego Maradona
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc Diego Maradona may not have scored as many goals as Pele. He may not have been as impressive on an individual level compared to Messi. But he did something no one else has ever been able to achieve. He practically won a World Cup by himself. Argentina are forever indebted to the man who single-handedly dragged them kicking and screaming to glory in 1986, putting in man of the match performance after man of the match performance, scoring five goals and securing the Golden Ball along the way.

Affiliation

Org Argentina National Team
Club as Coach Gimnasia [Head Coach]
  Al Fujairah SC [Head Coach]
Club as Player Napoli FC

Relationship

Girlfriend Veronica Ojeda
Daughter Dalma Maradona
Agent Jorge Cyszterspiler
Lawyer Matias Morla
1982 05 28
Diego Maradona moves to Barcelona in football’s first £5million transfer
1986 06 22
Diego Maradona scored both goals in Argentina’s 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal victory over England in Mexico City - including one that he punched in, unseen by the referee. When asked about the play later, Maradona said, ‘It was the hand of God.’

1986 06 29 Retrieve

[Argentina win World Cup Final againsy West German] I was convinced this was our year. The people of Argentina wanted this. I’m happy the World Cup belongs to South America again.

1990 07 08
Argentinian national soccer team captain and midfielder Diego Maradona cries after his team lost to West Germany 1-0 on a penalty kick by defender Andreas Brehme in the World Cup final in Rome

2000 02 10 Retrieve

[Ex-Argentine Soccer Star Makes News Again, Now in Cuba] I would accept living with only half a heart in exchange for seeing my country fully recover from bad government officials. […] I chose Cuba because of the dignity of its people. [Later in an interview with Radio Rebelde, he said] I too am a rebel in this convoluted world

2000 12 04 Retrieve

[Maradona whose drug rehabilitation treatment is clearly not running altogether smoothly] I cannot die until all four Beatles are in heaven. Only one is there now, so I am safe

2010 06 22 Retrieve

[Maradona said of the Jabulani ball] I would ask all FIFA directors to stop talking about me and to start working on having a proper football. This ball is useless. It’s impossible to control

2010 09 25 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona says I Would Give My Life To Coach Argentina Again] I know that I have some chance of returning to the Seleccion, but if they turned my backroom side down the one that is in place now - in spite of two world champions like [Sergio] ‘Checho’ Batista and [Jose Luis] ‘Tata’ Brown - there are some that never played football. I would give my life to be the coach of the Seleccion

No-one knows who Batista is, not even in Uruguay. Lionel Messi was the player who cried the most.

I remember that Julio [Grondona] told us that we had had a good World Cup, that we were going to continue and that we had the Copa America ahead of us… when I met with Grondona [later], he told me that my support team was not good enough for the Seleccion. But I had a world champion in Hector Enrique and a continental champion in [Alejandro] Mancuso. From there I felt that if I didn’t change my team I was leaving, and I cannot leave my people without jobs

2012 07 10
Diego Maradona was fired as coach of the Dubai soccer club Al Wasl after a season in which it finished in eighth place in a 12-team league

2010 06 10 Retrieve

[Argentina’s 2-1 quarter-final win over England in 1986 is as renowned for Maradona’s ‘Goal of the Century’ as it is for the ‘Hand of God’ opener when Diego fisted the ball past goalkeeper Peter Shilton. After the match, Maradona explained that the victory was revenge for the Falklands War four years earlier that had resulted in the deaths of more than 600 Argentines] [The goal was scored] a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God. Although we had said before the game that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas war, we knew they had killed a lot of Argentine boys there, killed them like little birds. And this was revenge

2010 06 26 Retrieve

[World Cup 2010: Argentina Defender Walter Samuel Ruled Out Of Mexico Clash] Samuel is not feeling well and we cannot risk [using him] now. I will not tell you my starting XI. There are too many Mexicans here

2012 07 18 Retrieve

[Al Wasl confirm Metsu as Maradona’s replacement] Al Wasl Football Company announces the official appointment of Bruno Metsu as Head Coach of Al Wasl as a replacement for Diego Maradona. More details will be revealed in the press conference that will be held in the coming days to officially unveil coach Bruno Metsu.

2013 09 29 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on his favorite winner] My favourites to win the World Cup are Brazil. They showed at the Confederations Cup that when the Brazilian players are focused, they’re unbeaten. Neymar is outstanding. He does what he wants on the pitch

2013 10 20 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on Balotelli] My first contact with Mario was when he sent me a picture of him smoking a cigar! I liked it, I laughed. If I had the chance I would like to talk to Mario, by ourselves in a room, and explain about the bad experiences I had in football. People should leave Balotelli in peace. I think a manager should judge him on what he does on the pitch. For me, there is Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Balotelli

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Argentina icon Diego Maradona, who never says anything stupid, reopens his long-running feud with Brazil legend Pele] I don’t like comparisons with Pele because of the stupid things he says. He keeps on saying stupid stuff when he takes the wrong pills

2014 06 10 Retrieve

[What did legendary Maradona say about Kempes’ exploits?] Mario is a phenomenon both as a person and a player. We are all indebted to him for what he did in 78 and that’s great. But we’ve been very ungrateful to him as well. He was the goalscorer and the soul of that side after all, and he deserves some kind of tribute from Argentina. I love him

2014 09 20 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on himself] Before arriving in Europe, I knew that with my technique I would have eaten up defenders. When the ball was between my feet, others couldn’t help but get excited

2015 04 11 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on Van Gaal] Van Gaal is closer to the devil than anything else

2015 05 16 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on Cristiano Ronaldo] I think they are at the same level. Cristiano is a predator in front of goal. You can’t let Cristiano shoot from anywhere in the opposition half. Goalkeepers are scared of Cristiano. They are not so scared of Messi in those areas because he doesn’t have the same power as Cristiano

2015 10 03 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on Tevez] I’d give an arm to go back 30 years and play with Tevez. I love him and thank him for coming back to Boca. I love Tevez. He’s just a guy who needs to be understood

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] Totti is a great player and he will keep on showing that. He represents Italian soccer and the Italian fans will have fun with him

2016 06 09 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona has claimed that Lionel Messi lacks the character to be a leader] He’s a really good person, but he has no personality. He lacks [the] character to be a leader

2016 06 22 Retrieve

[when Maradona went to war with England] It was like beating a country, not a football team. Although we said before the game that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas War, we knew that a lot of Argentine kids had died there, that they had mowed us down like little birds

This was our revenge, it was … recovering a part of the Malvinas. We all said beforehand that we shouldn’t mix the two things but that was a lie. A lie! We didn’t think of anything except that, like hell it was going to be just another game!

2016 07 23 Retrieve

[Argentina great Diego Maradona put his name in the hat to coach the national team for a second stint] If they said I could fix the team, I’d grab it and do it for nothing

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez and The FIFA Ban] The Fifa sanction is shameful, they have no sensitivity towards the fans, they might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo. It hurts that they have cut short the career of a lad who is a winner. It’s an excessive suspension. Fifa cannot talk about morals to anyone. Suarez didn’t kill anyone. This is an unjust punishment, the act of an incredible mafia

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

2016 11 29 Retrieve

[Maradona on Argentina National Team] Wherever there is an Argentina shirt, I will be there

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 08 11 Retrieve

[To be fair to Maradona, he is quick to exonerate Claudio Gentile in his autobiography] Every time I tried to receive the ball he’d be snapping at my ankles. I could hardly move or turn around and he didn’t even get sent off. It wasn’t Gentile’s fault, that’s his job. It was the ref.

2017 10 25 Retrieve

[Speaking for a drugs charity in 1996, Maradona came clean] Drugs are everywhere and I do not want kids to take them. I have two girls and I thought it best to say this, a father’s obligation… I was, am and always will be a drug addict

2017 10 25b Retrieve

[Diego stayed on the bench, directing a few less than complimentary gestures at the Millonario fans as goals from Julio Cesar Toresani and Martin Palermo sealed a famous victory for the visitors] Boca played like Boca and River were River. They played a great first half and then their panties fell down

2017 10 25c Retrieve

[Diego on Football] Football is the healthiest and most important sport in the world. I have made mistakes, and I have paid, but the ball cannot be stained

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 05 21 Retrieve

[What was the Miracle of Istanbul? Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final comeback explained] Even the Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup could not have staged a comeback with Milan leading 3–0…The English club proved that miracles really do exist

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on Daniele De Rossi] The guy is a multimillionaire, he was earning €12 million a year at Roma and now he’s coming to our country, where people would kill for a pair of shoes. He said he came because he saw me in my box at a game when we played in the [Copa] Libertadores or against River Plate.

2019 09 04 Retrieve

[Maradona denies offer from Gimnasia but open to coaching in Argentina] I want to clarify that I did not receive or reject any proposal from Argentine teams, as they are saying. I had no official contact with any club. I am in good health and of course it would be an honour for me to lead in my country. I always liked the challenges. I send a hug to everyone

2019 09 04b Retrieve

[The Argentina icon’s lawyer says Diego Maradona is close to taking charge of Gimnasia] He’s very happy. It’s been a while since he was taken into consideration to coach in Argentine football. His intention is to lead and that of the president is that he be in charge. The fans sent him love through the [social] networks. We are on a positive path. Only formal procedures remain. We have to close it quickly because the matches are immediate … [on Thursday] at 11 we will get together. There is an 80 per cent chance

2019 09 04c Retrieve

[Earlier on Wednesday, Diego Maradona posted on Instagram that he had not been in contact with anyone at Gimnasia about the position] I want to clarify that I did not receive or reject any proposal from Argentine teams, as they are saying. I had no official contact with any club. I am in good health and of course it would be an honour for me to lead in my country

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona has pledged to work with all of his heart and soul for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata after taking over as the club’s head coach] Finally, now it is official. I’m very happy to be the new coach of Gimnasia. I want to thank president Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and I want to tell the fans that I will work with all my soul and heart for El Lobo. A hug and thank you very much!

2019 09 06b Retrieve

[The club’s president Gabriel Pellegrino believes Maradona’s appointment is the boost Gimnasia require following their poor start] I have a huge satisfaction because I found a father figure for the club. We talked about the details and he was constantly talking about the fans. It’s all positive. We are in a difficult time and we need someone really strong. We thought of him, we called him and he was the first to say that he wanted to take care of this moment for Gimnasia

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Gimnasia are bottom of the Superliga and Maradona, who will be in charge until the end of the season] I did not expect all this. When I entered here, when I saw all this, I cannot believe it. We are going to fight it with the kids. God willing, Gimnasia is saved. I told the AFA that after the national team they crossed me out. In 1994 with Sepp Blatter, [former CONMEBOL secretary] Eduardo De Luca and Grondona, they erased me. How can I explain in words the sensations I’m feeling. When I entered I began to cry because I have no words. But my old woman appeared and calmed me down. Obviously I wanted to coach in Argentina. There were two people, Blatter and Grondona, pestering the presidents so they wouldn’t hire me

[Gimnasia face Racing Club on September 15 in Maradona’s first game in charge] I want to take tomorrow to confirm the whole coaching staff and what we are going to do during the week before the game with Racing. I wanted to open the door now that I am part of Argentine football, because when the others were here I was not in anyone’s folder. There are leaders who told me ‘I went to look for you after the World Cup but they crossed you out and they caused damage’. But this is already past, now we have to work, work and we have no other option. I told all my players

2019 09 09b Retrieve

[Diego Maradona claims he taught Messi how to score] I coached the best, Messi, and nobody can tell me otherwise, because he was able to skip past up to five players – a phenomenon. 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. I said, ‘you just have to hit it in the middle. They aren’t going to give me an Oscar to teach you this’. 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

[He has returned to coaching with Gimnasia after a spell in Mexico with Dorados de Sinaloa] I can’t promise anything. As I told the players, I’m not a magician. The welcome you gave me would be enough for me, but it’s not, I want more. I told the club president that I want to take all day tomorrow to confirm the staff and the schedule for next week before our game against Racing

2019 09 09c Retrieve

[All eyes might have been on Diego, but he was careful to give his friend and colleague Fren equal credit after taking reins at Deportivo Mandiyu] We have the same authority here, if the players talk to me first it is only to ask me about one goal or other that I scored, a few more than Carlos

2019 09 15 Retrieve

[Maradona rues defeat to Racing Club in Gimnasia debut] We didn’t stop looking for the equaliser. These things happen in football and you have to turn the page. My soul hurts because I don’t think the champions of Argentina were better than us. At no time were they better than us. But they have quality players who keep the ball and you can’t get it, you have to run twice as much

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 09 19 Retrieve

[Maradona, who was appointed on September 5 , took charge of Gimnasia in his first managerial role in his home country since he left the national team post almost a decade prior in 2010, and vowed to turn their fortunes around] We are going to fight it with the kids. God willing, Gimnasia is saved

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona congratulated Dries Mertens for overtaking him on Napoli’s list of all-time leading scorers] For me, it wasn’t a disappointment that he surpassed my tally. In fact, I applauded Mertens. When he scored, I thought about Napoli and certainly not myself. Mertens was born to be a striker, but he didn’t know. All his goals couldn’t be scored by someone who isn’t a striker at heart

[Maradona also warned Mertens to think twice before leaving the Italian club, where he has spent the past seven seasons] It’s right and sacrosanct for a professional to always look for a better salary, but it’s also true that in no other corner of the world would he feel loved, respected, pampered and important like he does in Naples. Therefore, dear president, don’t let him get away. He’s over 30 years old, I know, but he runs, plays and scores goals with the freshness and enthusiasm of a young lad

If he really should leave, Mertens should know that in La Plata, there will always be a place for him at my Gimnasia!

2019 10 25b Retrieve

[Diego Maradona reveals delight for Dries Mertens after he broke his goal record and urges Belgian to sign new deal] For me, it wasn’t a disappointment. In fact, I applauded Mertens. When he scored, I thought about Napoli and certainly not myself. I watch all their games; especially those in the Champions League. The game against Salzburg was exciting, not beautiful but nice enough because when you win it’s always great. Mertens was born to be a striker, but he didn’t know. All his goals couldn’t be scored by someone who isn’t a striker at heart.

I’d like to do something so that Mertens doesn’t leave. If it’s right for a professional to always look for a better salary, but it’s also true that in no other corner of the world would he feel loved, respected, pampered and important like he does in Naples.

Dear President, don’t let him get away. He’s over 30 years old, I know, but he runs, plays and scores goals with the freshness and enthusiasm of a young lad. Then, if he really should leave, Mertens should know that in La Plata, there will always be a place for him at my Gimnasia

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

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Maradona reveals dream to coach Newell’s Old Boys after thrashing them with Gimnasia] I have a broken heart because I know I’m coming back here. My heart tells me that I will return because I want to train Newell.

[Maradona’s Gimnasia used a three-goal second half to stun Newell’s away from home in Rosario on Tuesday] I arrived and found a drained squad. And here, nobody beats me. I turned it around. He who does not want to train, will not play anymore. He who has pain, infiltrate.

Today we had no mistakes and my players covered all places for good Newell’s players and that’s why we won. This match was played wonderfully well

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[Argentina legend Maradona dismisses daughter’s concerns over his health] As you get older, people worry more about what you’re going to leave behind than what you’re doing. And I tell everyone that I am not leaving them anything, that I am going to donate it. All I earned during my life, I’m going to donate it. For now, I am very healthy, very healthy

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Maradona legend himself has expressed interest in taking over his former side Newell’s Old Boys, who his Gimnasia side beat earlier this season] I have a broken heart because I know I’m coming back here. My heart tells me that I will return because I want to train Newell’s

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Maradona returns to the Gimnasia hot seat 48 hours after quitting] I want to thank the fans and the players, because among all of us we finally got the political unity of the club. I hope they comply with the reinforcements they promised me

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Riquelme and Maradona carry old feud into Boca election] We don’t want a Passarella in Boca and if Riquelme wins, hold on

2019 12 08 Tweet

[Diego Maradona Rates Alfredo Di Stefano Over Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo] I think the best in history was Alfredo Di Stéfano. He was superior to everyone, even me

2019 12 17 Retrieve

[Maradona: Pochettino should coach ‘biggest in the world’ Boca Juniors] I will not go to Boca because I repeat that I do not agree with those who will manage the club. The president [Jorge Amor Ameal] was already there and it was a disaster, he surrounded himself with [vice-president Mario Pergolini] who believes that he can handle the club. And Juan Roman Riquelme […] a club is not run within the locker room. It’s much harder than stopping the ball, giving a pass or kicking a free-kick. Boca have to take a technician to play and feel what Boca is. It’s not easy to sit in that chair. The best of all is Maradona [laughs]. But now I will not go, there at some point it happens. But I would like Mauricio Pochettino. You have to call him and convince him to come to lead the biggest team in the world

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona has named fellow Argentine, Alfredo Di Stefano, as the greatest footballer in history] I think the best was Di Stefano. He was superior to everyone – even me. Pele didn’t want to recognise Di Stefano’s talents. Pele’s friends invented a trophy especially for him for being a living legend of football. I even beat Pele in Rio for being the best in history!

[Maradona played against some of the most talented players of his era and was asked to name the best shirt he swapped with another player and the team-mate he found was the easiest to play alongside] The best shirts I swapped were with Gullit and Van Basten when they were at AC Milan. The player who I connected best with was [former Napoli striker] Careca.

[With Messi having just lifted a record sixth Ballon d’Or, Maradona commented on how many he could have won if he was playing today] I think I’d have quite a few [Ballons d’Or] but what Messi is doing is outstanding. I would never like to face Messi – not ever. The lad comes home, plays football, doesn’t sing the national anthem and they say he’s Catalan. I don’t criticise Messi [like some others do]

[Maradona famously said in the past that he taught Messi how to take free-kicks] I told him where he should place his foot, but the rest is all down to him. He has got it down to a tee

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona on Alfredo Di Stefano] I think the best was Di Stefano. He was superior to everyone, including me. Pele did not want to recognize Di Stefano. Pele’s friends invented a trophy for him as the living legend of football. But even I have beaten him to become one of the best players in history

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[Maradona: Messi is the best player today & an enormous talent, but I hope Napoli beat Barcelona] He must continue his career and his life knowing that he is the best football player today. I enjoyed watching Leo with Argentina in every game

I have given everything to Napoli and Napoli has given everything to me showing its affection. They [the 1980s] were great years for the team and for Argentina. We managed to win the [Serie A] championship, the UEFA Cup and the World Cup

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Maradona’s reply to Jorge Amor Ameal was instant and typically withering] Ameal? Isn’t it Amear? I don’t know him from anywhere. I don’t know if he used to milk cows, if he sold milk. Now he says, ‘No, we won’t give Maradona a plaque.’ Who asked you for one, mate? Who asked you, but you know where you can stick your plaque?

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[A series of disappointing showings followed as Argentina spluttered to World Cup qualification in South Africa] I want to talk very seriously with Leo Messi because he has to take off once and for all. We have the best player in the world and he deserves all our support. At Barcelona, he grabs the ball and dribbles past four players; here, it’s harder for him

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[West Germany won the final after being awarded a controversial penalty in the 85th minute with Maradona adamant Edgardo Codesal didn’t want Argentina to win the match] Our players ran hard, but then came this man who ruined everything for us. This man was scared that we would get to penalties. He wanted to make the Italian people happy. The black hand of this man expelled Monzon for a normal action, and later he called a penalty against us from his imagination. I have been crying for a long time. Football has been my life and I wasn’t crying because we got second place, but because of the way we lost. This man didn’t have any right to call that penalty

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[Maradona: Coronavirus shutdown is ‘new Hand of God’ as Gimnasia escape relegation] I am not a magician, we are going to fight this with the kids. We got this news today and many are saying that it is the new Hand of God. But right now I would ask that hand to be used to stop this pandemic so the people can go back to live their lives, healthy and happy. I want it to be made clear that we aren’t celebrating the suspension of the tournament nor the elimination of relegation. We wanted to escape on the field. We and the fans are celebrating our work, all we have done up to now.

I hope it is understood that we need to take on what comes next together for the good of Argentine football. Nobody is Rambo and can win this war alone because even Rambo would lose against this

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Diego Maradona about the COVID-19 pandemic] Today, I ask that ‘hand’ [of God] to end this pandemic so the people can live their lives again, healthy and happy. Hopefully, it is understood that what is coming we have to face together for the good of Argentine football. No one is Rambo to win this war, because even Rambo loses against this (virus).

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[The myth of Maradona: Was ‘Hand of God’ goal integral to Diego’s legacy?] That goal became part of soccer history. There are still 10-year-old kids out there today with ‘Maradona’ on their backs. And that kind of insanity can only be explained by one goal. Or maybe two

[He has also claimed that he told his team-mates that he felt no shame about the deceitful nature of ‘The Hand of God’, as he christened it afterwards] I said to them: ‘Those who steal from a thief are entitled to 100 years of forgiveness’ And the English had done a lot of things to us…

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[There are those that still believe that Messi is no captain. Diego Maradona, the Argentine icon to whom he is so often compared, once said of his compatriot] It’s useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game.