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Diego Maradona: Tribute to the Football’s Greatest

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Diego Maradona after Winning the 1986 World Cup

The entire world mourns as one of the Greatest Footballer of all time to ever step foot in the game leaves the world aged 60. Diego Maradona, An Argentinian footballing sensation was pronounced dead on Wednesday after suffering from Cardiac Arrest. Maradona recently went through surgery to remove the blood clot from his brain.

The entire football community including the current and former players all paid their tribute to the legend through various social media platforms.

Messi’s tribute to Maradona stating “He leaves us but he isn’t going anywhere, because Diego is eternal.”

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis to RMC stated “The Stadio San Paolo could take Maradona’s name.”. Maradona had a 7-year spell at Naples where it’s described as the Peak of his Professional career as his contribution led to Napoli’s first-ever league title in 1986 followed by a second title in 1989 along with a UEFA Cup in the same year.

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A Sight from Stadio San Paolo

People all across the globe gave their tribute to football’s greatest, Captain of Indian Football Team Sunil Chhetri and Captain of Indian Cricket Team Virat Kohli also shared their kind words to honor the legend.

World Cup 1986 is definitely the silver lining to Maradona’s football legacy. A world cup that can easily be stated as ‘The Maradona World Cup’ where he single-handedly bossed the entire World Cup campaign with the greatest controversial moment stated as the ‘Hand of God’ against England. Despite the controversy, Argentina go on to win the game and later to win the World Cup.

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Diego Maradona’s Goal Scored by Hand Against England
1986 World Cup Quarterfinal’s most popularly referred as ‘The Hand of God’

Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup by Numbers:

7 Games
53 Take-ons completed
5 Assists
5 Goals
1 Trophy

One of the greatest tournament displays of all-time. An icon. A legend.

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Diego Maradona in action against Belgium in 1986 Word cup

In his 21 years professional career, Diego Maradona bagged 259 goals in his 490 official club games. Maradona had 91 caps for Argentina where he managed to score 34 goals. Maradona was a victim of a series of injuries that followed him around through his professional career.

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Diego Maradona as a F.C Barcelona player in 1982

A career filled with surreal skills, glory, controversial moments, injuries, drug addiction, etc, Diego Maradona tasted it all. But the unique personality of Maradona and the mentality to live the life to fullest without any regrets make the world realize why he was the best in the game despite all the controversies and setbacks.

With that being said, Diego Maradona will definitely go into the history books as one of the greatest players of all time. He was a role model, He was the myth and the legend of football. Maradona was, to put it simply, your favorite football player’s favorite football player. Leaving behind a legacy that shall be remembered and inspired by millions of footballers and their fans all around the globe.


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