A Look at Diego Maradona's Scout Report From When He Was 17-Years-Old

Mudeet Arora
Nov 27, 2020, 5:11 PM GMT+5:30
Diego Maradona
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There is no doubt that Diego Maradona was one of, if not the greatest footballers to have lived and scouting report of his performances from his time at Boca Juniors shows how incredible he was from a very young age.

Maradona passed away on Wednesday and the world revisited videos of his incredible career replicating his genius. Winning the World Cup in 1986, playing for Napoli and signing for Barcelona in 1982, Maradona won three cups with the side in two seasons.

Cesar Luis Menotti scouted the player for Barca in 1978, when Maradona was just 17-years-old, during a game for Boca Juniors against Argentinos Juniors and the report, via Marca, shows just how incredible he was.

Under 'General Technique' Menotti simply wrote, 'Unbeatable,' and in the more detailed 'Specified Technique' the former Boca manager wrote, "Extraordinary, effective and just dribbling. Excellent power. Extraordinary courage. Extraordinary efficiency. Very good shot. Great passing. Total accuracy. Complete vision. Average heading. Good leadership. Very good power to retain the ball. Extraordinary ball protection."

Under 'Individual Tactics' it was noted, "Complete intelligence in football. Complete sense for football. Good view. Very good speed in efficiency."

The then teenage Maradona was also given ratings out of 10 and received 9.5 for speed, starting speed, speed without the ball and agility, also getting 9.1 for speed with the ball and 8 for jump power. Maradona was also given the 10 out of 10 for mental strength, concentration and personality.

In conclusion, Menotti wrote in his scout report, "Young. He was born on 30/10/1960. He has prodigious technical qualities, easy dribbling. He has a straight line vision facing the goal, but he knows how to get rid of the ball for the best placed teammate. Extraordinary reflexes. He protects the ball very well to play it immediately with great efficiency. His short passes and shots are pure wonder. Prodigious changes of pace."

There is no doubt Menotti knew what he was looking at while watching Maradona play for Boca. It's a shame that the legend's stint with Barcelona didn't quite work out but he certainly became the best ever footballer in history regardless.