With his full name Diego Armando Maradona, Diego Maradona is one of the greatest players in the history of soccer. He was born into a modest family and was the fourth child of the family.
Born in Lanus, Argentina, on October 30, 1960, the man nicknamed “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”) conquered the world of soccer, and more broadly the world, thanks to his anthology goals. During his career, the famous No. 10 made a kind of world tour of television stations that, even today, continue to broadcast his achievements. One of them, the famous “Hand of God” (goal scored with the hand during the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup won with Argentina) is part of the most viewed goals in the world by hundreds of millions of people. In 1986, he won the World Cup with the Argentine team. During his career, the talented footballer won many awards: best player at the 1986 World Cup, elected Golden Eleven 1986 and 1987, Golden Ball 1995.
Tested positive for cocaine in 1991, then for ephedrine in 1994 during the World Cup in the United States, Diego Maradona retired as a player in 1997. His drug problems earned him a 14-month suspended prison sentence. After hanging up his boots, Diego Maradona has been a sports commentator (for the Spanish television channel Cuatro during the 2006 World Cup) and then a coach (notably for the Argentine national team). Emir Kusturica directed a film about his extraordinary career, Maradona, presented at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008. The same year, he becomes the national coach of the Argentine team. In July 2010, following mixed results and several insults to journalists, he was fired by his federation. In 2019, he was appointed coach of the club Gimnasia La Plata. At the same time, he participated in several reality TV shows
The footballer knows several health problems. In 2004, as a result of his drug use, he suffered a heart attack and almost died, but finally, he pulled through. In March 2007, doctors diagnosed him with hepatitis and saved him. On the night of November 2 to 3, 2020, he is hospitalized in emergency and is operated on a subdural hematoma. He leaves the hospital on November 11, 2020.
On November 25, 2020, he died at the age of 60, following a cardiac arrest.
On the private side, he is in a couple with Claudia Villafane from 1984 to 2003. Together they have two children: Dalma and Giannina. With Cristiana Sinagra, he has a son, Diego Junior and with Valeria Sabalain, a daughter named Jana. Later, he has a new child, Diego Fernando (2013), whose mother is Veronica Ojeda. In 2019, his lawyer announced that Maradona will do paternity tests to find out if he is the father of three children born in Cuba in the 2000s.