Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional football player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.
On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata, supposedly for psychological reasons.
Here, we look at some of the glorious moments and unknown facts of the legendary player:
The duality of Maradona’s outsized life was perhaps laid out clearest within his most famous game. In the quarterfinal at 1986 World Cup in Mexico against Argentina’s hated rivals England, just four years after they fought the brief Falklands War, Maradona set up an attack that appeared to be going nowhere. But England midfielder Steve Hodge clumsily shanked the ball back between of Maradona and English goalkeeper Peter Shilton.
The first goal came to be known as the “Hand of God”. In his description of the second goal, a tearful Argentine play-by-play announcer Victor Hugo Morales famously asked Maradona what planet he had come from. Maradona inspired and defied the rules.
To some he was God. Or his hand was Godly, at least. There is even a church of Maradona in Argentina with a congregation of his disciples, still going strong 23 years after he last kicked a ball professionally for his beloved Boca Juniors, the club that launched him to Stardom. To others, he was otherworldly.
Maradona was the kind of outsized character who, warts and all, can scarcely be sketched out in a retrospective of his life. He simply did too many remarkable things.
Maradona died on 25 November, 2020, less than a month after his 60th birthday. Now he is in The hand of God.
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