Club: Barcelona, Sevilla, Napoli
History: Diego Armando Maradona was born in Villa Fiorito, a shantytown in the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, to a poor family who had relocated from Corrientes Province. He was the first son after three girls. He has two younger brothers, Hugo (el turco) and Eduardo (Lalo), both of whom were also professional footballers.
At age 10, Maradona was spotted by a talent scout while he was playing in his neighborhood club Estrella Roja. He became a staple of the cebollitas, the junior team of Buenos Aires side Argentinos Juniors. As a ball-boy in first division games, he amused spectators by showing his wizardry with the ball during the halftime intermissions.
Books: Maradona In the history of the game few players have achieved the fame of Diego Armando Maradona. Success and turbulence have surrounded this superstar whose name is synonymous with world class soccer. Follow Maradona from the days of his youth in Argentina, to his brilliant and unforgettable performance in the 1986 World Cup and the drama surrounding his performance and departure from the 1994 World Cup. His genius, his style, his athleticism and his temperament combine to secure his place in soccer history. No other player can match his combination of talent and skill and the ability to surround it with controversy and drama.
Diego Maradona Videos
"To those of you who have cheered on my goals, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I don't for a second regret scoring that goal with my hand.”
“Something that just came out of me. It was a bit of mischief.”
"God makes me play well. That is why I always make the sign of a cross when I walk out on to the pitch. I feel I would be betraying him if I didn't."
"The problem is that they are all stars at Madrid. You need someone to carry the water to the well."