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Profile of Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona as the manager of Al-Wasl Football Club

Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine notable in the field of football. After he retired, he then became a football manager and coach of Gimnasia de La Plata, an Argentine Primera Division Club. During his career, Maradona was known for his skills in passing, ball control, and vision, despite of his small stature of 5 ft. 5 inches (1.65 m).

Throughout his career, he was also named “El Pibe de Oro” or “The Golden Boy” due to his creative abilities and eye for goal. Aside from his skills, Maradona’s presence and leadership had greatly affected their team’s performances.As well as that, Maradona was one of the greatest footballers that had obtained the FIFA Player of the 20th Century Award.

Moreover, Maradona had set the world record transfer fee of about $5 million when he transferred to the football club of Barcelona. The second time was when he had a transfer fee of $6.9 million to an Italian professional football club, Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli, or simply known as Napoli.

Diego Maradona (left) and Mario Kempes (right) on a football match against Valencia Club de Futbol or Valencia CF

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 30, 1960, Diego Maradona was the first son after his four other older sisters. Diego also has two younger brothers, Hugo and Raul, who later on became professional football players. At the age of eight, Diego was spotted by a talent scout and was then became a member of the Argentinos Juniors, an Argentine sports club in Buenos Aires. Growing up, his inspirations were Roberto Rivellino and George Best.

In October 1976, Maradona debuted in Argentinos Juniors and had a match against Club Atletico Talleres. Diego then became the youngest player in the history of the Argentine Primera Division. During the game, Maradona entered the match wearing the number 16 jersey and had performed a nutmeg that later on become legendary. From the years 1976 to 1981, Diego Maradona had played for the Argentinos Juniors. During his career with the team, Maradona scored 115 goals out of his 167 appearances before he eventually transferred to Boca Juniors for $4 million. Maradona received other offers, including from the Club Atletico River Plate, which had offered to make him the best player ever paid. However, Maradona still chose the Boca Juniors as the team he wanted to play with.

He then signed with the Boca Juniors in February 1981 and made his debut 4-1 winning match against Talleres de Cordoba. Afterward, the Boca Juniors had his first match against the River Plate in April that year in La Bombonera stadium. During his stay with the Boca Juniors, Maradona had a distrustful relationship with their manager, Silvio Marzolini. However, the Boca Juniors still had a successful season. In fact, they even won a league title after their match against the Racing Club de Avellaneda, or simply known as Racing.

Maradona in a match against England in 1986

Moreover, Maradona had also participated in an international match (World Cups in years 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994) with the Argentina National Football Team, wherein he earned ninety-one caps, alongside his thirty-four goals. In World Cup 1986, where he had captained his team, Argentina won the match over West Germany. It was also when Maradona had obtained the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s best player. Also, in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, Maradona scored both goals in a 2-1 championship against England National Football Team.

Following that, after his retirement in Football, Maradona then became the coach of Argentina. It was also him who was in charge of the team at the 2010 World Cup. Aside from Argentina, he had also coached Al Wasl Football Club in the UAE Pro-League in the 2011 to 2012 season. Furthermore, he also coached the Fujairah Football Club in 2017, before he left the season. Later on, Maradona was announced as the new chairman of FC Dynamo Brest, a football club of the Republic of Belarus. Subsequently, he also became the coach of Dorados de Sinaloa or known as Dorados, a Mexican football club from the years 2018 to 2019.

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