Born in Lanus, a poor suburb of Buenos Aires on 30 October 1960, Diego Armando Maradona grew up like the little Mozart of soccer without building anything for himself from his talent. He started throwing himself away very soon, from the Barcelona interlude onwards (1982-1984) and was soon to become addicted to cocaine. He was a bad example of a genius under a curse and of a two-sided myth.
The tendency towards self-destruction, indeed, did not prevent him from becoming the number one player and from leaving his magnificent mark as the best soccer player of the last century, together with the Brazilian Pelé, according to a referendum promoted by FIFA. Nobody before or after him, ever managed to win a World Cup virtually all by himself. Argentina in the Mexico World Cup in 1986 was a low-profile selection without other major personalities (with the exception of Jorge Valdano). Four years later, at the 1990 Italy World Cup, playing with only one good leg, Maradona dragged into the finals an ever weaker Argentina.
In Naples, Diego was a king. The Napoli team, which had never come close to the top of the championships, won two shields, a UEFA Cup and an Italia Cup. In 1991, his formidable Neapolitan experience had come to an end in more or less the same way: cocaine was again his downfall and he fled Fiumicino under cover of darkness. Upon returning to Argentina, Maradona ended his career in the Boca Juniors, the team he was with when he left for his European adventure. A brief sojourn to the United States in 1994 saw a positive doping test; (ephedrine) he was sent home and ousted forever from the world soccer stage that counts.
On 25 October 1997, he played his last official match against River Plate at the Monumental stadium and bid farewell to football on 10 November 2001 at the Bombonera in Buenos Aires in a performance with the Argentine National team.
His was an intense and relatively long journey. An absolute genius, Maradona was the first real number one in a sport which, given the extent of its diffusion, is virtually an industry.
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- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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