Diego Maradona

Argentine legend and one of the greatest players of all time Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60

Diego Armand Maradona was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in poor surroundings, Diego was spotted by a talent scout at the age of just 8 playing football for a local team. at the age of 16 he was playing for a junior team of Argentine Juniors, back then Diego gave the name of a well known Manchester United player ‘George Best’ as his inspiration.

Maradona went on to play for Boca Juniors and River Plate, it was after the World Cup in 1982 Maradona really tasted fame by signing a deal with FC Barcelona, all did not go great for him with injuries and other issues that kept him off the pitch, even worse was to come.

In 1983 Maradona snapped after being tackled in a game against Santiago in the Copa Del Rey final, one thing led to another and Maradona lost his marbles and started booting anyone not in a Barcelona shirt, this was the last game he played for Barcelona.

He signed for Napoli where he was very successful, he helped the team win many things in his time playing with the team, sadly though his personal life was not going well with drug use.

Maradona though will be best remembered by England fans for his ‘obvious’ hand ball in the 1986 World Cup, the hand of god as its known was followed shortly after by one of the most magical goals in footballing history.

Maradona had health issues after becoming a manager once he hung up his boots, in recent times he had been in to a psychiatric clinic with alcohol and drug problems and has a hernia operation that went wrong and caused internal bleeding, it is also reported he had a blood clot removed from his brain in November of last year.

Diego Maradona died from a heart attack at his home in Argentina