Known as the “Generation King” and one of the greatest players in football history, Maradona died of cardiac arrest at the age of 60.
Argentina’s Football Association tweeted “the saddest condolences for the death of the legend” and “you will always live in our hearts”.
Diego Maradona (Diego Maradona, Diago Manadona) was born on October 30, 1960 and has a brilliant career as a player. Has played for Argentina’s Boca Youth, Barcelona, Naples and other clubs.
He played 91 games for the Argentina national team, scoring 34 goals; he once led the team to win the 1986 World Cup for Argentina.
After retirement, he has coached many teams, including the Argentina national team.
Last October 30, Maradona celebrated its 60th birthday. His biographer Guillem Balague (Guillem Balague) describes the ups and downs of this unruly football legend. The following is the full text.
Diego Maradona (Diego Maradona, Diago Manadona), the Ronin, genius and contradiction in football, celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday (October 30) —— Many of us have ever wondered if this complicated person can survive to this day. life.
His life had reached its highest peak, then fell to the deepest valley, experiencing the darkest despair, unable to cope with the exquisite flattery caused by superstar status and divine status, and at the same time seemed inseparable from all of this.
To understand Diego Maradona, you have to understand Argentina, a mysterious country; this country needs people like Maradona to lead it to greatness and to it as the Messiah. Everything I think deserves. You also need to understand that this is a person with all kinds of paradoxes in their life, who has made all kinds of mistakes, and then corrected them over and over, just like a tragic epic story of sinking and rebirth.
Which is the real Maradona?
Is it the little boy named Diego, a talented naughty boy and the son of the people of the Fiorito slum in Buenos Aires?
Or is it the god called Maradona, a myth, a great avenger, who carries dreams and aspirations for the people and ultimately convinced them that Argentina is the incarnation of the best country in the world?
In 1968, coach Francis Cornejo, a junior echelon affiliated with the Argentinos Juniors club called “Little Onion”, came to Fiorito to verify the identity of a child. Age. When he first watched the child’s training, his initial reaction was shocked: “He is too young to be eight years old.”
The child’s mother, Dalma Salvadora Franco (Dalma Salvadora Franco), collected Diego’s birth certificate from Evita Hospital to confirm his age. Francis’ performance at the time was like discovering a new world. He found a gem to join his team. Since March 1969, this small team has won, with a record 136 consecutive unbeaten games.
When he was a teenager, Maradona’s father friends called him “Chitoro” – traveled by ferry to transport cattle from one village to another, and then he worked in a chemical factory. With the money that is earned there, a large family in this slum can hardly be supported.
And because of his son’s success, he no longer has to work, at most he becomes a “barbecue king” at home. As the fifth of the eight children in the family, Diego had become the backbone of the family’s economy when he was 15 years old, telling his father he could rest.
Diego has understood from an early age that progress depends on leadership, especially when there are vacancies to be filled regardless of your age. “We went to play in Brazil,” recalls teammate Ruben Favret. Like the entire team at the time, he was immersed in Maradona’s light, playing friendly matches in Argentina and abroad in the middle of the week.
“That was the age of color televisions. We all wanted one back, but our bonuses weren’t paid out yet. At the time, 18-year-old Diego stood up for everyone and spoke to Consoli, the youth team president.) they don’t pay bonuses, he won’t play. “
Then, after several changes of transfers, he went to Boca Juniors (Boca Juniors). Most of this was done by Maradona himself – he unmanageably told a journalist close to him that the negotiations to leave the Argentina youth team were late.
This made for the first major media-driven transfer event in history, and he was still a fairly immature 20-year-old player. This transaction got bizarre. It started as a simple and straightforward $ 10 million acquisition at a high price, and later became a loan with six Boca players plus cash and an unclear check as last minute collateral. As for Maradona, nothing is easy.
His next stop was Barcelona, where he never did his best. During the two years there, he was out half the time due to various injuries. A terrible kick from Andoni Goicoechea (Jugocha) of Athletic Club (Bilbao) seriously injured his ankle. He later became the main offender in a group fight in the Copa del Rey final before the Spanish king, resulting in a five-month domestic suspension, and his fate was doomed there.
In fact, he was already on the verge of bankruptcy, so a profitable transfer became inevitable. In addition, he has never adapted to life in Catalonia, where he feels like an outsider.
Two months later he signed with Napoli (Napoli), where he had his most successful and then the most expensive days. He came to this noisy and crowded place like an overheated goldfish bowl – a town where the Camorra crime club was ubiquitous from the start. From then on, Diego had moved from Fiori. Tuo’s child became a brand called Maradona.
Suddenly he was no longer that boy, but more involved in his new role, in love with Maradona’s identity – enjoying all the glory and praise, but always knowing that all of this has how stifling.
Cocaine became his daily routine and excited him even more than in the past; he opted for drugs, which kept him away from the cruel reality and no longer had to prove he was the best player in the world.
And in the midst of it all, there was also such a moment, destined to be much more than an excellent player. If Argentina had not defeated England in the “Hand of God” match at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and successfully “revenged” for the defeat in the Falkland Islands four years ago, what would all this be?
That game gave him an immortal existence in his homeland.
One of my most recent projects was to write a biography of Diego until he retired as a player. Everything else is too private and unbearable to watch. To write this book I had to go to Fiorito, where it all started. It was early 2020, my last day in Buenos Aires. No one wanted to take me there. Finally I managed to convince the taxi driver who picked me up when I arrived. He was very nervous.
We were so nervous we didn’t say a word along the way. The surrounding houses gradually turned into little box-like sheds, surrounded by jagged and incomplete fences, or simply overgrown with unmanaged plants. Outside the dilapidated garden, many trash cans are piled up and children play barefoot football.
The streets are getting narrower and narrower, and have become rough, smoky roads. I think when Conejo and Conejo first came here to check his age, probably not much changes here.
We turn right. A man walked in the middle of a narrow road to avoid the rubble on both sides. The taxi driver did not stop, and he almost did not roll down the window and apologetically ask where Diego’s house is. “There, 200 yards away.” He parked the car in front of the first house where Maradona lived. The car’s engine was not turned off.
Weeds are overgrown. This afternoon, at the back of the grass, you see a dilapidated bungalow and the shadows around it. A man in a white vest quickly got up from the rocking chair. “What are you looking for?” “Nothing, sir. My friend wants to come and have a look …” replied the taxi driver, drove the car and drove away quickly. On the left I see a clay court with only one goal.
On the way to that place, there is not even a sign to explain the past of this place and the famous person who lived here. Moreover, it was completely unknown that anyone wanted to turn this place into a tourist attraction. Nobody wants to show their suffering.
In reality, this was Diego’s house; and after the little boy grew up, Maradona became the king of football, as if he had never lived there in 60 years.
In fact, it is now difficult to find the traces of the former child. Maradona, the head coach of Gimansia de la Plata, a player in the Argentine league, has never been able to leave the big stage.
His life as a player after retirement is complicated to say the least – as everyone knows, he has at least eleven children, and the relationship between him and his ex-wife Claudia Villafane (Claudia Villafane) ran into trouble. The court, and he and his agent and friend Guillermo Coppola (Guillermo Coppola) are the same.
After leading the national team and achieving no results from 2008 to 2010, he was the head coach of several club teams – he was much loved coaching the Mexican team Sinaloa in 2018 and 2019. However, his performance as a coach was never inadequate. near his height as a player.
He said he had quit cocaine three years ago, but the drugs he needs now put him in a state of sedation. He was overweight due to drug addiction and had to undergo multiple surgeries because he had to play at a time when technical players were not respected and protected. These are the reasons for his ill health.
Maradona admitted that he did not regret his actions and always understood that life had to be lived to the full. Because of this, at the age of 60, he has gained a much richer life experience than his age. Maybe he thinks it’s a blessing to be alive now …