Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at age 60.
His brilliant and at-times turbulent career featured spells playing for, among others, Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli, but to the global soccer audience, it was his World Cup exploits that most defined him.
There were four appearances as a player, with La Albieceleste’s 1986 win arguably his crowning glory and a drugs ban eight years later one of his lowest points. Maradona later managed Argentina at the 2010 tournament.
– ‘Per Sempre’ Tributes paid to Maradona on social media
Maradona is one of the greatest players of all time, but was also known for his flamboyance. Here, he rests with his feet up at home in 1980. Allsport UK /AllsportMaradona in action against Belgium in the opening game of the 1982 World Cup; his tournament ended with a red card against Brazil. AP PhotoMaradona signs autographs upon arrival at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport in July 1984, ahead of signing for Napoli. AP Photo/Bruno MosconiMaradona outjumps England goalkeeper Peter Shilton to score his ‘Hand of God’ goal during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal. Allsport/Getty ImagesMaradona celebrates after scoring one of his two goals in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup semifinal win against Belgium. AFP/Getty ImagesMaradona takes to the air after clashing with West Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher in the 1986 World Cup final. Archivo El Grafico/Getty ImagesPlayer-of-the-tournament Maradona celebrates after Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 to win the 1986 World Cup. AP Photo/Carlo FumagalliMaradona plays with his eldest daughter Dalma after a Napoli training session in 1988. Etsuo Hara/Getty ImagesMaradona and Pele shake hands in 1987. The two are regarded among the greatest soccer players of all-time. Alessandro Sabattini/Getty ImagesMaradona again captained Argentina in the 1990 World Cup, but suffered a shock defeat to Cameroon in the tournament’s opening game. Eric Renard/Corbis/Getty ImagesInspired by their leader, Argentina recovered to make the 1990 World Cup final, only to go down 1-0 to West Germany. Horstmüller/Getty ImagesMaradona leaves the pitch for a random drug test after Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup. The subsequent positive result ended his international career. AP Photo/Joe CavarettaArgentina manager Maradona looks on during a game against Nigeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Mike Hewitt/FIFA/Getty ImagesMaradona embraces Lionel Messi after Argentina’s 4-0 quarterfinal defeat to Germany ended their 2010 World Cup campaign. Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty ImagesIn 2019, Gimnasia coach Maradona looks on during a game against Newell’s Old Boys. It was his last managerial job. Luciano Bisbal/Getty ImagesStreet art showing Maradona in the city of Naples, where he led Napoli to two Serie A titles. Michael Steele/Getty Images
Published: 2020-11-25 20:14:24
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