|Full name||Diego Armando Maradona|
|Date of birth||October 30, 1960|
|Place of birth||Villa Fiorito, ಅರ್ಜೆಂಟಿನಾ|
|Nickname||El Diez, Pelusa,
El Pibe de Oro
Newell's Old Boys
* Professional club appearances and (goals)
ಡಿಯೇಗೊ ಮೆರಡೋನ (ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ ೩೦, ೧೯೬೦) ಅರ್ಜೆ೦ಟಿನಾದ ಮಾಜಿ ಫುಟ್ಬಾಲ್ ಕ್ರೀಡಾಪಟು ಮತ್ತು ನವೆ೦ಬರ್ ೨೦೦೮ರಿ೦ದ ಜುಲೈ ೨೦೧೦ರವರೆಗೆ ಅರ್ಜೆ೦ಟಿನಾ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಫುಟ್ಬಾಲ್ ತ೦ಡದ ಮ್ಯಾನೇಜರರಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಇವರು ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಮಹಾನ್ ಫುಟ್ಬಾಲ್ ಆಟಗಾರರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರೆಂದು ಹೇಳಲಾದರು, ಅದೇ ದನಿಯಲ್ಲಿ, ಇವರು ಅತ್ಯ೦ತ ವಿವಾದಾಸ್ಪದ, ಸುದ್ದಿಯೋಗ್ಯವಾದ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಎಂದೂ ಹೇಳಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇವರ ಅ೦ತರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಿಯ ವೃತ್ತಿ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ದೇಶವನ್ನು ೯೧ ಬಾರಿ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಸಿ ೩೪ ಗೋಲ್-ಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಡೆದಿರುವರು.
ಒಟ್ಟು ನಾಲ್ಕು ವರ್ಲ್ಡ್ ಕಪ್ ಸರಣಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ, ಒ೦ದರಲ್ಲಿ--೧೯೮೬ರಲ್ಲಿ--ತ೦ಡದ ಮು೦ದಾಳತ್ವವನ್ನು ವಹಿಸಿ ಅ೦ತಿಮ ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವೆಸ್ಟ್ ಜರ್ಮನಿಯನ್ನು ಸದೆಬಡಿದು, ಸರಣಿಯ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ಆಟಗಾರರೆ೦ದು "ಗೋಲ್ಡನ್ ಬಾಲ್" ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಲಭಿಸಿಕೊ೦ಡರು 
- ೧ ಆರಂಭದ ದಿನಗಳು
- ೨ ಆಟಗಾರರಾಗಿ
- ೩ Football style
- ೪ Personal Agents
- ೫ Retirement and honours
- ೬ Personal life
- ೭ Health situation
- ೮ Political views
- ೯ Reputation
- ೧೦ Career statistics
- ೧೧ References
- ೧೨ External links
ಡಿಯಾಗೋ ಮೆರಡೋನ ವಿಲ್ಲಾ ಫಿಯೋರಿಟೊ ಎಂಬ ಬ್ಯೂನಸ್ ಐರ್ಸ್ ನಗರದ ಹೊರವಲಯದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪುಟ್ಟ ಕೊಳಚೆ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದವರು. ಇವರಿಗೆ ಮೂರು ಜನ ಅಕ್ಕಂದಿರು. ನಾಲ್ಕನೆಯವರಾದ ಇವರೇ ಹಿರಿಯ ಮಗ. ತಮ್ಮಂದಿರಿಬ್ಬರೂ (ಹ್ಯೂಗೊ, ಎಡ್ಯುರಾಡೊ) ಫುಟ್ಬಾಲ್ ಆಟಗಾರರೆ.
ಹತ್ತನೇ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮೆರಡೋನರವರು ಎಸ್ಟ್ರೆಲ್ಲಾ ರೋಜ ಎಂಬ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ಕ್ಲಬ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಆಡುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ ಇವರ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆ ಪ್ರತಿಭಾನ್ವೇಷಕರೊಬ್ಬರಿಂದ ಗುರುತಿಸಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿತು ಎಂದು ನಂಬಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ಅರ್ಜೆಂಟಿನಾ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಫುಟ್ಬಾಲ್ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ, ತಮ್ಮ ಹದಿನಾರನೇ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಹಂಗೇರಿ ದೇಶದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಆಡುವುದರ ಮೂಲಕ ಪಾದಾರ್ಪಣೆ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಹದಿನೆಂಟನೆಯ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ 'ಫುಟ್ಬಾಲ್ ವರ್ಲ್ಡ್ ಯೂತ್ ಚಾಂಪಿಯನ್ಷಿಪ್' ಪಂದ್ಯಾವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅರ್ಜೆಂಟೀನಾ ದೇಶದ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಆಡಿದರಲ್ಲದೆ, ಫೈನಲ್ ಪಂದ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋವಿಯತ್ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ ತಂಡದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ೩–1 ಅಂತರದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಯ ಸಾಧಿಸಲು ಕಾರಣರಾಗಿ, ಆ ಪಂದ್ಯಾವಳಿಯ ತಾರೆಯಾಗಿ ಹೊರಹೊಮ್ಮಿದರು.
೧೯೮೨ರಲ್ಲಿ ಮರಡೋನ ತಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಥಮ ವಿಶ್ವಕಪ್ ಪಂದ್ಯಾವಳಿಯನ್ನು ಆಡಿದರು. ಮೊದಲನೇ ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾಂಪಿಯನ್ ತಂಡ ಆರ್ಜೆಂಟೀನಾ ಬೆಲ್ಜಿಯಂ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ೦-೧ ರಿಂದ ಸೋತಿತು. ನಂತರ ಹಂಗರಿ ಮತ್ತು ಎಲ್ ಸಾಲ್ವಡಾರ್ ಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರಾಯಾಸಕರವಾಗಿ ಸೋಲಿಸಿ ದ್ವಿತೀಯ ಸುತ್ತಿಗೆ ಪ್ರವೇಶಿಸಿತಾದರೂ ಅಂತಿಮವಾಗಿ ವಿಶ್ವಕಪ್ ಗೆದ್ದ ಇಟಲಿ (೧-೨) ಮತ್ತು ಮರಡೋನಾರನ್ನು ಹೊರಕ್ಕೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿದ ಬ್ರೆಝಿಲ್ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಪಂದ್ಯ (೧-೩) ಗಳ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಎರಡನೇ ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋತಿತು.
Later in the year, Maradona was transferred to FC Barcelona. In 1983, under coach César Luis Menotti, Barcelona and Maradona won the Copa del Rey (Spain's annual national cup competition), beating Real Madrid. However, Maradona had an unhappy tenure in Barcelona: first a bout with hepatitis, and then an ill-timed tackle by Athletic Bilbao's Andoni Goikoetxea that put Maradona's career on the line; Diego's physical strength and willpower made it possible for him to be back on the pitch after only 14 weeks. It is said that while playing for Barcelona, Maradona was introduced to cocaine, to which he would become an addict.
Barcelona's management was not satisfied with Maradona, and in 1984 transferred him to SSC Napoli, where he became an adored star, lifting the team to its most successful era. Napoli won their only Italian Championships (1986/87 and 1989/1990), a Coppa Italia (1987), a UEFA Cup (1989) and an Italian Supercup (1990). Napoli were also runners-up in the Italian Championship twice (1987/88 and 1988/89).
Maradona led the Argentine national team to victory in the ಟೆಂಪ್ಲೇಟು:Wc, the team winning 3–2 in the final against West Germany. Throughout the 1986 World Cup, Maradona asserted his dominance and was widely regarded as the best player of the tournament. However, it was the two goals he scored in the quarter-final game against England which cemented his legend. Action replay footage showed that the first goal was scored with the aid of his hand. He later claimed it was the "Hand of God" and described it as "A little of the hand of God, and a little of the head of Maradona," implying that God was ultimately responsible for the goal, because the referee had missed the handball offense. However, on 22 August 2005 Maradona acknowledged on his television show that he hit the ball with his hand purposely and that he immediately knew the goal was illegitimate. He recalled thinking right after the goal that "I was waiting for my teammates to embrace me, and no one came . . . I told them, 'Come hug me, or the referee isn't going to allow it.'" 
In contrast, however, Maradona's second goal was an uncontroversial and impressive display of footballing skill. He ran half the length of the pitch, passing five English players (Glenn Hoddle, Peter Reid, Kenny Sansom, Terry Butcher, and Terry Fenwick) as well as goalkeeper Peter Shilton. This goal was voted Goal of the Century in a 2002 online poll conducted by FIFA. Argentina went on to defeat England 2-1 in that game. The two goals were ranked 6th in the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002 by the UK's Channel 4 television channel.
He followed this with another miraculous goal in the semi-final against Belgium. In the final the opposing German side attempted to subdue him by double-marking but he nevertheless found the space to lay on the winning goal for Jorge Burruchaga.
Maradona also captained Argentina in the ಟೆಂಪ್ಲೇಟು:Wc, leading his team to the final, where they lost 1–0 to West Germany. He arrived at the ಟೆಂಪ್ಲೇಟು:Wc and played two games (scoring one goal) before being sent home after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. On this matter, he has suggested that he had an agreement, on which FIFA later reneged, to allow him to use the drug for weight loss before the competition in order to be able to play, so that the World Cup would not lose prestige because of his absence. This allegation was never proved, and many attribute his comment ("they cut off my legs") to Diego's anger at being suspended.
In Naples Maradona transformed the local club, SSC Napoli. Traditionally they had been overshadowed by the teams from the industrial cities in the north, but Maradona's arrival (along with Careca and others) brought them a first scudetto, followed by a second in 1989, and cup successes. However, he also faced a scandal there regarding an illegitimate son and was the object of some suspicion over his friendship with the Camorra, the local mafia.
Maradona left Napoli in 1992, after serving a 15-month ban for failing the drug test for cocaine, and played for Sevilla FC (1992–93), Newell's Old Boys (1993) and Boca Juniors (1995–97). He also attempted to work as a coach on two short stints, leading Mandiyú of Corrientes (1994) and Racing Club (1995) without much success. He retired from football on October 30, 1997.
Short and stocky, Maradona had a very strong physique and could withstand physical pressure better than almost all players. His strong legs and low center of gravity gave him additional advantage in short sprints. This is illustrated by his two goals against Belgium in the 1986 World Cup.
He was also a wizard with the ball and could manage himself in limited spaces, attracting defenders only to quickly dash out of the melee (as in the second goal against England), or pass to a free teammate who would take the ball and score, like Burruchaga did to secure the 1986 World Cup.
Maradona could convert fragile possessions into goals. His goal against Italy in the 1986 World Cup demonstrated this. In Maradona's time defenses became more athletic, so both dribbling and securing possession of the ball
One of Maradona's trademark moves was dribbling full-speed as a left wing, and on reaching the opponent's goal line, delivering accurate passes to his teammates that many times proved lethal. Another trademark was the Rabona or reverse-cross pass (shot behind the leg that holds all the weight), with which he provided several assists, such as the powerful cross for Ramón Díaz's header in the 1984 friendly against Switzerland.
Maradona's kicking had a mixture of precision and power that enabled him to score many free kicks. Since he seldom used his right foot for any decisive action, defenders were confounded the few times he did. ವಿಶ್ವ ಕಪ್ ನ್ ನಂತರ ಮರಡೋನ ಅವರನ್ನು ಬಾರ್ಸಿಲೋನಾ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ವರ್ಗಾಯಿಸಲಪಟ್ಟರು.ಕೋಚ್ ಸೀಜಾರ್ ಲೂಯಿಸ್ ಮೇನೋಟಿ ಇವರ ನೇತೃತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಪೇನ್ ನ್ ವಾರ್ಶಿಕ ಚಾಂಪಿಯನ್ ಶಿಪ್ ಗಳಿಸಿದರೂ ಸಹ ಬಾರ್ಸಿಲೋನಾದೊಡನೆಯ ನಂಟು ಸಿಹಿಯಾಗಿರಲೇನಿಲ್ಲ.ಮೊದಲಿಗೆ ಯಕೃತ್ತಿನ ತೊಂದರೆ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡರೆ,ಆನಂತರ ಅಥ್ಲೆಟಿಕ್ ಬಿಲಾಬೊ ತಂಡದ ಅನದೋನೆ ಗೋಯ್ಕ್ಸೇಟಾ ಇವರೊಡನೆ ಆಟದ ತಾಕಲಾಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಘಾಯಾಳುವಾದರು.ಆದರೂ ತಮ್ಮ ಮನೋದೈಹಿಕ ಬಲದಿಂದ ಬರೇ ೧೪ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪುನಃ ಕಣಕ್ಕೆ ಇಳಿದರು.
Jorge Cyterszpiller, a childhood friend, was Diego's first agent. He set up Maradona Producciones but did not score any major successes with merchandising, as counterfeiters would quickly imitate any product that came on the market. On his advice, Maradona started charging for interviews, a move that generated some controversy.
After breaking up with Cyterszpiller, Diego hooked up with Guillermo Coppola, a bank employee who had started representing players as a hobby and was already a major agent in the mid-1980s. Coppola oversaw the biggest contracts of Diego's career, but also was involved in the drug scandals of the early 1990s. Maradona and Coppola parted ways acrimoniously, and they still refer to the end of their relations as an "open wound".
Retirement and honours[ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಿ]
In 2000, Maradona published his autobiography Yo Soy El Diego ("I am The Diego"), which became an instant bestseller in his home country.
In the same year, Maradona was voted Player of the Century in an official FIFA poll conducted on the Internet, garnering 53.6% of the votes. Then, in an unannounced move, FIFA appointed a "Football Family" committee, which voted to elect Pelé alongside the Argentine. Maradona cried foul and left the awards ceremony as soon as his prize was awarded. 
In 2001, the Argentine Football Association asked FIFA for authorization to retire the jersey number 10 as an homage to Maradona. FIFA did not grant the request, even though Argentine officials have maintained that FIFA hinted that it would.
Maradona has won other polls, including a 2002 FIFA poll in which his second goal against England was chosen as the best goal ever scored in a World Cup; he also won the most votes in a poll to determine the All-Time Ultimate World Cup Team.
On 22 June 2005, it was announced that Maradona would return to Boca Juniors as a sports vice president in charge of managing the First Division roster (after a disastrous 2004–05 season, which coincided with Boca's centenary) . His contract began 1 August 2005, and one of his first recommendations proved to be very effective: he was the one who decided to hire Alfio Basile as the new coach. With Maradona staying very close to the players, Boca went on to win the 2005 Apertura title, the 2006 Clausura title, the Copa Sudamericana and the Recopa. As of 2006, Maradona remains aloof of day-to-day activities and is seen mostly on game days, cheering from his private box in the Bombonera.
On 15 August 2005, Maradona made his debut as host of a talk-variety show on Argentine television, La Noche del 10 ("The Night of the no. 10"). His main guest on opening night was Pelé; the two had a friendly chat, showing no signs of past differences. In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one. Most guests were drawn from the worlds of football and show business, including Zidane, Ronaldo  and Hernan Crespo, but also included interviews with other notable persons such as Fidel Castro and Mike Tyson.
Maradona married long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe on November 7, 1989 in Buenos Aires, after the birth of their daughters, Dalma Nerea (b. 1987) and Giannina Dinorah (b. 1989). In his autobiography, Maradona admits he was not always faithful to Claudia, even though he refers to her as the love of his life.
Diego and Claudia divorced in 2004. Daughter Dalma has since asserted that the divorce was the best solution for all, as her parents remained on friendly terms. Diego and Claudia traveled together to Napoli for a series of homages in June 2005  and were seen together in many other occasions.
During the divorce proceedings, Maradona admitted he was the father of Diego Sinagra (b. Naples, 1986), as was claimed by the youth's mother Cristiana Sinagra. (The Italian courts had so ruled in 1993, after Maradona refused to undergo DNA tests for proving or disproving his paternity.) Diego Jr. met Maradona for the first time in May 2003 after tricking his way onto a golf course in Naples where Maradona was playing. 
His maternal grandmother Salvadora Cariolichi is of Croatian descent, her father Mateo Kariolic emigrated from Korcula in the end of the 19th century. Dalma, his daughter is named afther the Croatian province of Dalmatia, in which Korcula is located.
In marked contrast to the athleticism he showed during his years as a football player, Maradona has had a series of health problems since retirement.
On April 18 2004, doctors reported that Maradona had suffered a major heart attack following a cocaine overdose; he was admitted to intensive care in a Buenos Aires hospital. Scores of fans gathered around the clinic. Days after the heart attack, a nurse was caught taking photos of Maradona with a mobile phone and was promptly fired by the hospital managers.
Maradona has always had a tendency to put on weight, and has displayed a remarkable level of obesity since the late 1990s. On March 6 2005, it was announced that Maradona underwent gastric bypass surgery in a clinic in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. When Maradona resumed public appearances shortly thereafter, he displayed a notably thinner figure.
In later years, Maradona has shown sympathy to left-wing ideologies. He became friends with Fidel Castro while in treatment in Cuba, and has a tattoo of Ernesto Che Guevara on his right arm. He has declared his opposition to imperialism, notably during the 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina, where he protested George W. Bush's presence in Argentina, wearing a Stop Bush T-shirt. On the other hand, he supported the presidence of neo-liberalist Carlos Menem in Argentina during the nineties.
Ever since 1986, it is common for Argentines abroad to hear Maradona's name as a token of recognition, even in remote places. In Argentina, Maradona is often talked about in terms reserved for legends. In the Argentine film El Hijo de la Novia ("The bride's son"), an actor who plays a fake Catholic priest says to a bar patron: "they idolized him and then crucified him". When scolded by a friend for taking the prank too far, the fake priest retorts: "But I was talking about Maradona".
In Buenos Aires, fans organized the "Church of Maradona." Maradona's 43rd birthday in 2003 marked the start of the Year 43 D.D. - "despues de Diego" or After Diego - for its founding 200 members. Tens of thousands more have become members via the church's official web site.
Hounded for years by the press, Maradona even fired a compressed-air rifle against reporters who, so he claimed, invaded his privacy. This quote from former teammate Jorge Valdano summarizes the feelings of many:
- He is someone many people want to emulate, a controversial figure, loved, hated, who stirs great upheaval, especially in Argentina... Stressing his personal life is a mistake. Maradona has no peers inside the pitch, but he has turned his life into a show, and is now living a personal ordeal that should not be imitated. 
A columnist for the sports daily Olé welcomed Maradona's hosting a TV show in 2005, noting that "for the first time, he seems to have found his place in the world outside the football pitch".
In May 2006, Maradona agreed to take part in UK's Soccer Aid (a program to raise money for childrens charity Unicef). Maradona still remained to have great skill on the ball and even scored a penalty. However, after the program was aired it was made public that Maradona received 10 times more money than most of the other participants.
- 1977–1994 Argentina (91 appearances, 34 goals)
- 21 appearances in four FIFA World Cup Championships (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994)
- Argentina second-highest goal-scorer (held the record until surpassed by Gabriel Batistuta)
- 1981 Argentine league (Boca Juniors)
- 1983 Copa del Rey (FC Barcelona)
- 1987 Italian league (SSC Napoli)
- 1987 Italian Cup (SSC Napoli)
- 1988 Italian top-scorer (SSC Napoli)
- 1989 UEFA Cup (SSC Napoli)
- 1990 Italian league (SSC Napoli)
- 1991 Italian Super Cup (SSC Napoli)
- 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship
- 1986 FIFA World Cup winner
- 1990 FIFA World Cup runner-up
- 1993 Copa Artemio Franchi
- 1994 Mandiyú de Corrientes
- 1995 Racing Club de Avellaneda
- 2005 Boca Juniors (Football vice-president)
- 1979–1981, 1986 Argentine Football Writers' Footballer of the Year
- 1979, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992 South American Footballer of the Year (El Mundo, Caracas)
- 1986 Argentine Sports Writers' Sportsman of the Year
- 1986 Golden Ball for Best Player of the FIFA World Cup
- 1986 European Footballer of the Year (France Football)
- 1986–1987 Best Footballer in the World (Onze)
- 1986 World Player of the Year (World Soccer Magazine)
- 1996 Golden Ball for services to football (France Football)
- 1999 Argentine Sports Writers' Sportsman of the Century
- 2000 "FIFA best football player of the century", people's choice.
- 2002 "FIFA Goal of the Century" (1986 (2–1) v. England; second goal)
- 2005 Argentine Senate "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" recognition for lifetime achievement.
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- Viva Diego 10 (Spanish, English, Italian)
- Homenaje al 10 - Diego Maradona's Tribute (Spanish)
- Maradona History, Stats, and Media (Spanish)
- Diego Maradona's home page
- Diego Maradona Biography and pictures
- Video clip of the Goal Of the Century
- Gary Lineker interviews Diego - BBC News 30 April 2006