Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine former football player, and current manager of the Argentine national team. He finished first in an internet vote for the FIFA Player of the Century award, and he shared the award with Pele.
Over the course of his professional club career Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla, Newell's Old Boys and Napoli, setting world-record contract fees. In his international career, playing for Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. He played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 World Cup where he captained Argentina and led them to their victory over West Germany in the final, winning the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player. In that same tournament's quarter-final round he scored two goals in a 2-1 victory over England that entered soccer history, though for two very different reasons. The first goal was an unpenalized handball known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal was a spectacular 60-metre weave through six England players, commonly referred to as "The Goal of the Century".
For various reasons, Maradona is considered one of the sport's most controversial and newsworthy figures. He was suspended from football for 15 months in 1991 after failing a doping test for cocaine in Italy, and he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the USA for using ephedrine.
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The Hand of God
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Maradona's World Cup magic
Maradona 'tells all' in autobiography
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Argentina can't retire Maradona's shirt
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'El Diego quits his beloved Boca', FIFA News
Maradona scores but England win UNICEF match
IIMSAM, Permanent Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations ECOSOC
ESPN Deportes - "Llega en son de paz"
ESPN Deportes - "El amor al idolo"
Clarin.com - "Habia una vez... un elenco para la seleccion"
Clarin.com - "Dalma Maradona: diario de una princesa"
Maradona's fall from grace
"Maradona back in hospital"
BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Maradona leaves alcoholism clinic
"Maradona says he no longer drinks"
Image of Maradona wearing the STOP BUH shirt
Police seize Maradona's earrings
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Maradona in intensive care
Diego Maradona's home page
Viva Diego 10
Maradona: The Highs, the Lows
Gary Lineker interviews Diego
Diego admires Del Piero and Lavezzi
Maradona Wants a Soccer Project to Return to Calcutta
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