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Diego Maradona biography: 13 things about Argentine football legend

Diego Armando Maradona Franco was an Argentine professional football player and manager. He was dubbed El Pibe de Oro (The Golden Kid) and is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Maradona was 165cm tall. Here are 13 more things about him:

 

  1. He was born in Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina to Roman Catholic parents Diego Maradona Senior and Dalma Salvadora Franco.
  2. He played for the Argentinos Juniors from 1976 to 1981, the Boca Juniors from 1981 to 1982, FC Barcelona from 1982 to 1984, S.S.C. Napoli from 1984 to 1991, Sevilla FC from 1992 to 1993 and Newell’s Old Boys from 1993 to 1994.
  3. He married Claudia Villafañe on November 7, 1984 in Buenos Aires. She gave birth to their daughters Dalma Nerea Madadona on April 2, 1987 and Gianinna Dinorah on May 16, 1989. He and Villafañe divorced in 2004 but remained friends. The former couple attended the Argentina games during 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany together.
  4. He managed the Argentine football clubs Textil Mandiyú in 1994 and Racing Club de Avellaneda in 1995, which are based in Corrientes, Corrientes, Argentina and Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, respectively. He played again for the Boca Juniors from 1995 to 1997.
  5. On December 11, 2000, he and Edson “Pelé” Arantes do Nascimento of Brazil were named as the joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award in Rome, Italy.
  6. In November 2008, he became the coach the national football team of Argentina from 2008 to 2010. He was in charge of the team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and ended his role as the team’s coach at the end of the tournament.
  7. He coached the United Arab Emirates Football League club Al Wasl Football Club, which based in Dubai, UAE, for the 2011-2012 season of the UAE Pro-League.
  8. From 2013 to 2017, he was the assistant coach of the Argentine sports club Deportivo Riestra, which is based in Buenos Aires.
  9. From 2017 to 2018, he coached the Emirati professional football club Fujairah FC, which is based in Fujairah City, UAE.
  10. From 2018 to 2019, he coached the Mexican professional football club Dorados de Sinaloa, which is based in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
  11. From 2019 to 2020, he managed the Argentine sports club Gimnasia de La Plata, which is based in La Plata, Buenos Aires.
  12. He was admitted to a hospital in La Plata on November 2, 2020, underwent emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma on November 3, 2020 and was released from the hospital on November 12, 2020 as an outpatient.
  13. He died of hear attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires on November 25, 2020. He was 60 years old.

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