Diego Armando Maradona

10 incredible moments from the life & career of Diego Maradona

Jamie Spencer
Maradona in action
Maradona in action / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages
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25 November marks the anniversary of Diego Maradona's death at the age of just 60 in 2020.

The Argentine legend was one of football's great characters on and off the pitch and will forever be remember as one of its best ever players.

These are 10 memorable moments from throughout his life and career...


1976 - Nutmeg on his debut

Maradona was a star from a young age
Maradona was a star from a young age / AFP/GettyImages

Maradona was only 15 when he made his senior debut for Argentinos Juniors in the Primera Division, the league’s youngest ever player at that time. Within a few minutes he had nutmegged Talleres’ Juan Domingo Cabrera.


1981 - Boca Juniors title

Maradona realised his dream of playing for Boca Juniors in 1981
Maradona realised his dream of playing for Boca Juniors in 1981 / GABRIEL DUVAL/GettyImages

In 1981, Maradona swapped Argentinos Juniors for Boca Juniors, the club he dreamed of playing for growing up. Later that year, he won the Primera Division in the Metropolitano half of the season.


1982 - Joins Barcelona for record fee

Barcelona paid a world record transfer fee for Maradona
Barcelona paid a world record transfer fee for Maradona / JOEL ROBINE/GettyImages

Having landed in Spain to play for Argentina at the 1982 World Cup, Maradona also took the time to sign for Barcelona in a world record transfer worth the equivalent of £5m.


1986 - The ‘Hand of God’

Maradona's 'Hand of God' shocked the world
Maradona's 'Hand of God' shocked the world / El Grafico/GettyImages

Maradona’s most infamous goal needs little introduction. The ‘Hand of God’ helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup, in tandem with a stunning solo goal later in the same game.


1986 - World Cup winner

Maradona lifted the World Cup as Argentina captain
Maradona lifted the World Cup as Argentina captain / El Grafico/GettyImages

Having missed out on selection for the 1978 World Cup on home soil, Maradona got his hands on the trophy eight years later as Argentina beat West Germany in a thrilling 3-2 final in Mexico City.


1987 - Napoli double

Maradona took Napoli to incredible new heights
Maradona took Napoli to incredible new heights / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

In his third season at Napoli, having become the most expensive player in the world for the second time, Maradona inspired the club to the Serie A title – only the second team ever from outside Rome or Italy’s wealthy north to do so. They also won the Coppa Italia for a domestic double.


1990 - World Cup final

Argentina narrowly lost the 1990 World Cup final
Argentina narrowly lost the 1990 World Cup final / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Maradona played in his second World Cup final in 1990. In the previous round he had scored the winning penalty in a shootout against hosts Italy in his adopted home of Napoli.


1994 - World Cup goal vs Greece

Maradona bowed out of international football in 1994
Maradona bowed out of international football in 1994 / DANIEL GARCIA/GettyImages

Maradona’s final appearance in a World Cup, as well as his last ever appearance for Argentina, came in a famous game against Greece in 1994. He scored a famous goal and celebrated wide-eyed in front of television cameras, before failing a drug test and getting sent home.


2010 – Argentina manager at World Cup

Maradona led Argentina as manager in 2010
Maradona led Argentina as manager in 2010 / Cameron Spencer/GettyImages

After overcoming serious health problems in the early 2000s, Maradona returned to football when he was appointed Argentina manager in 2008 and led the team at the 2010 World Cup. There was to be no great triumph, but it brought him back to the football world.


2020 – RIP Diego Maradona

The football world mourned Maradona's untimely death in 2020
The football world mourned Maradona's untimely death in 2020 / Marco Cantile/GettyImages

Maradona’s death in November 2020 at the age of just 60 was a tragedy for all of football. His passing was mourned all over the world but served to underline his legacy in the sport and the impact he had and will continue to have on generations of players and fans.


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