23 Interesting Facts About Diego Maradona
The legendary footballer Diego Maradona dead died of a heart attack on Wednesday (25 November 2020). Maradona was hospitalized on November 2 and recently underwent surgery but on Wednesday he suffered a heart attack and died. Maradona achieved immense success in his career, but at the same time his life was filled with many controversies, Today we will talk about some unknown and interesting facts about Diego Maradona. So let’s know about the interesting facts related to “Diego Maradona” and his life.
FACT#1. Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30 October 1960 in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 matches for Argentina and played 4 World Cups for his country.
FACT#2. Diego Maradona’s full name was Diego Armando Maradona and he was born to a poor family. He was the first son after three daughters and also has two younger brothers.
FACT#3. Maradona holds the record for most World Cup matches as a captain. Maradona has played 16 World Cup matches as a captain for Argentina, while he has participated in a total of 21 World Cup matches.
FACT#4. Maradona made his professional debut at the age of just 15. On October 20, 1976, Maradona played the first match for Argentinos Junior. Maradona was also part of Argentina’s youth team in 1979, which won the World Cup in Japan.
FACT#5. Maradona was fond of playing football since childhood. Maradona was selected by a talent scout when he was 10 years old. Since then, he has made football the goal of his life. The saying is not ‘Put’s feet are seen in the cradle’, this is perfectly true for Maradona. He seized every opportunity and gained popularity in a short span of time.
FACT#6. Argentina won the world title in 1986 with captain Diego Maradona’s superb performance throughout the tournament. 24 teams took part in this title fight. Argentina’s team became the world winner by defeating West Germany 3–2 in the final of the tournament. Maradona’s surprise game left a tremendous impact on everyone. Maradona scored five goals in the tournament. Not only that, but he also assisted in five goals. Maradona acted as a strong bridge to bring Argentina’s team to the title. Since then, Maradona gained popularity worldwide.
FACT#7. Maradona’s goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals was discussed and disputed. The ball went to the goal post with the arm under his shoulder. The referee could not see him and it was called a goal. Maradona had described this goal as ‘Hand of God‘, calling it God’s will.
FACT#8. Maradona won several awards throughout his career. He won the Golden Ball Award for Best Player of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup. Maradona also won the Argentina League Top Scorer Award in the years 1979, 1980, and 1981.
FACT#9. Maradona suffered from cocaine addiction from 1980 to 2004, which affected his ability to play football. Bans were also held for 15 months upon being caught. Maradona took a banned drug in 1991 and was accused of dope. In 1994, he was suspended for taking Ephedrine in the World Cup.
FACT#10. In 2000, Maradona wrote his autobiography titled “I am the Diego”. The way Maradona gained popularity in the world, this book also became famous. This book immediately became a best seller in the market.
FACT#11. Maradona was elected the greatest footballer of the 20th century, beating Pelé in a FIFA poll. In 2000, FIFA conducted online voting for “Player of the Century” on the Internet, and Maradona topped it with 53.6% percent of the vote.
FACT#12. Maradona, who won the World Cup in 1986 in the country, did not get a place in the 1978 World Cup team because he was too young. Argentina coach Luis Menotti at the time did not include 17-year-old Maradona in the squad simply because of his young age.
FACT#13. Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are the only footballers to have won the FIFA Under-20 and Golden Ball titles in the FIFA World Cup.
FACT#14. Deigo Maradona also holds the record for most 53 fouls in the World Cup. In the 1986 World Cup itself, he had done this spam record in his name. Not only this, he committed 23 fouls in a match against Italy in the 1982 World Cup, which is a record.
FACT#15. Deigo Maradona has a total of 8 children but legally he is the father of only 2 children. In an interview, he commented on his children that they have only two legitimate children, the rest are the result of their money and mistakes. However, in the year 2019, he confessed to all 8 children.
FACT#16. On August 15, 2005, Maradona launched a talk show called “The Night of the Number 10” featuring celebrities such as Zidan, Ronaldo, and Hernan Crespo in the football world, with Pelé as the chief guest on the first day of the show.
FACT#17. On 26 December 2003, Argentina’s sports club “Argentinos Junior” named its stadium after Maradona.
FACT#18. Emir Kusturica, an award-winning filmmaker from Serbia, made a documentary on Deigo Maradona named “Maradona”.
FACT#19. Diego Maradona was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition in 2006.
FACT#20. On 22 March 2010, Maradona was selected by London’s newspaper The Times for the first place among the 10 greatest World Cup players.
FACT#21. Maradona is portrayed as a member of the national football team in a TV advertisement for “Guarana Antarctica”, a Brazilian soft drink company.
FACT#22. Maradona was in a small role in an Argentine comic book “El Sajdor de Aventuras” after the comic book was closed, the same author started a comic book called “El Die” in which Maradona was the main character.
FACT#23. Maradona married his fiancée Claudia Villafane in Buenos Aires on 7 November 1989, after the birth of two children, Dalma Neera (born 2 April 1987) and Gianina DiNora (16 May 1989), and they both married in 2004. Was divorced.