The quiet farewell in the cemetery contrasted with the tumultuous scenes of his transport from Buenos Aires, which to some extent reflected his contentious life. Police fired tear gas and some rubber bullets in clashes with masses that threw stones at them, threatening for a short time on the day of mourning for a player who gave joy to hundreds of millions of people in all parts of the world.
Maradona has filled the world with his talents and problems, and everyone will surely remember him as that player who won the world with his genius and lost himself due to drugs and forced away from football stadiums, after this stimulant drugged his style and art and transferred him from the football goal to the awe of the judges, the courts and the corridors of medical laboratories.
A teenager’s dream
Maradona was born on October 30, 1960 in Lanus, a poor suburb of Buenos Aires. He started his career with Argentinos Juniors before his sixteenth birthday, and then started his career with his country in 1977. At the age of seventeen, he said, “I have two dreams, the first to participate in the World Cup and the second to win it.” Maradona, who was chosen as the athlete of the century in Argentina, in his relations with the World Cup championships in various stages, passed its sweetness and passed over a period of 16 years.
The “golden boy” relationship with Argentine football in the World Cup began with disappointment when coach Cesar Luis Menotti ignored him when choosing his official squad for the 1978 World Cup due to his young age and lack of experience. Maradona said after his exclusion that “the most unhappy day in my life, when Minotti informed me that he had chosen another player in my place, I went back to my room and burst into tears.” Maradona watched the national team’s matches on television and watched captain Daniel Passarella and Mario Campes, the tournament’s top scorer, lead Argentina to their first title, amidst hysterical joy on the Argentine streets.
But “El Pepe de Oro” (The Golden Boy), was part of the Minotti squad the following year to lead his country, but to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan, where he won the Best Player award.
He participated in the World Cup in Spain 1982 for the first time and was his chance to make up for what he missed in the previous World Cup. And because Argentina was the defending champion, attention was drawn to her, and Maradona won a great deal of limelight, especially as he signed a contract to move to Barcelona.
Maradona, who was chosen as the athlete of the century in Argentina, passed through his sweetest relations with the World Cup tournaments in various stages and over the past 16 years
Despite scoring two goals, the incident of his sending off in the match against Brazil in the second round was still remembered. And he reached the climax in 1986 in the World Cup in Mexico when he led his country to the second title after 1978. The name of the World Cup Maradona can be called the 1986 World Cup because the Argentine star printed the tournament in his own style and his solo playing was the key to victory.
The match against England was well-known because it had taken on a political character as a result of the Maloyean war between the two countries, and it was preceded by a war of words between the two camps. The first half ended with a goalless draw, and at the beginning of the second half, Maradona scored a goal with his hand against goalkeeper Peter Shelton, and the English protested for a long time, but the Tunisian referee Ali bin Nasser did not care and insisted on counting the goal. Maradona admitted after the match that he used his hand to score, considering it “the hand of God,” he said. Four minutes later, Maradona scored the most beautiful goal in the history of World Cups, as he dodged six English players, including the goalkeeper, before depositing it in their net.
And in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Maradona shed a famous tear after losing the final to West Germany. At the time, he led his country almost alone, before he dropped his team with a late penalty kick by Andreas Brehme. Maradona bid farewell to the World Cup through the narrow door due to the drug accident, which was the hero in the 1994 World Cup.
He thrived in the first match against Greece and led Argentina to a big victory (4-0), scoring a great goal and playing the entire ninety minutes. And he maintained his level in the second match against Nigeria, but it was the last for him after it was proven that he had consumed doping from five banned substances, so the Argentine Federation withdrew him from the national team before the International Federation stopped him for 15 months.
black and white
Maradona has always been distinguished by an alien character, in contrast to the Brazilian legend Pele the diplomat, “I am black or white, I will never be gray in my life.” It was short (1.65 meters), strong and fast. He was also a ferocious and stubborn fighter who refused to submit, even as the most powerful defenders tried to stop him from reaching the goal. But most of all, he was talented and innovative … even a genius.
At the club level, he moved to the heart club Boca Juniors in 1981, winning his only domestic title. He left with a record deal for Barcelona in 1982, and with him he settled for the domestic cup in 1983. He missed for a long time after Athletic Bilbao player Andoni Goicoechea attacked him and broke his ankle, which paved the way for his transfer to the Italian League.
He was the milestone in the history of Napoli FC (1984-1991). He was known for his local glory and led him to win the league title in 1987 and 1990, and to win the European Cup in 1989. But Maradona lived a tumultuous life outside the stadiums. He repeatedly stressed that the most difficult competition he has fought since his professionalism is to stop drugs, knowing that he spent a lot of money to get rid of this scourge. He traveled to Geneva, Toronto, Spain and South Korea to find a panacea in their sanatoriums, before experiencing successive medical setbacks in recent years.
Maradona cried for his condition when he knew that he was no longer able to do anything. The former Brazilian soccer star Pele regretted the condition that this “poor” had reached. “It is unfortunate that football stars in particular and sports in general are not an example of youth and humanity.” Maradona has always had a confrontation with journalists and the media, to the extent that he likened his situation when he was facing pressure from these to the situation in which Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in an accident, saw that “the journalists have crossed their borders with him.”
After Napoli, he moved to Seville, Spain, for a season, followed by local Newell’s Old Boys, then concluded his career at Boca Juniors. And in the last two decades, he switched to training. But his career was not successful with the Argentine national team (2008-2010) or in the United Arab Emirates or as such in Mexico. After his drug problems, he underwent rehabilitation. After quitting cocaine, he fell into the trap of alcohol, cigar and obesity, only to end up in hospital in 2007.
Maradona cried for his condition when he learned that he could no longer do anything
He was a fierce defender of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and the latter’s tattoo was clearly visible on his shoulder, as was a supporter of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. He married his girlfriend Claudia Villavan in 1984 and they have two daughters, Dalma and Ganinia, before their divorce in 2004. He has a son named Diego Junior who was born in Naples in 1986, and has only admitted paternity in 2004.
Messages of condolence and honor poured in from all over the world, as Maradona practiced football in South America, Europe and Asia as a coach in the United Arab Emirates. Brazilian soccer legend Pele was the most prominent commentator on his departure. “We will play together in the sky one day,” the three-time world champion said, noting that the Brazilian has suffered from severe health difficulties lately.
In parallel to his farewell ceremony in Buenos Aires, the city of Naples, who came to it after a short and controversial trip with Barcelona, placed its team at the top of the Italian league. “He was our warrior on Sunday,” said Fernando Cavour, 46. Maradona did not play with his feet, but with his head. Nobody scores like Maradona ”. His career came to a “logical” end in 1991 after a new positive test for steroids. After his retirement in 1997, his coaching career was completely at odds with his career as a player, as he was not a star-winner on the bench.
For his part, Nasser Al Yamahi, Chairman of the Emirates Club Fujairah, said that the late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona left “a bright and large imprint on Emirati football in general and in Fujairah Club in particular,” after having lived with him a busy season in various sports aspects.
“His death is a sad event for all athletes in the world,” Al Yamahi added in statements to the “Emirates Today” newspaper published on Friday. “The audience used to hear about Maradona’s name or read about him in the newspapers and the media in general, but he did not meet him, which contributed to the audience from everywhere to watch the legend Maradona when he came to train Fujairah.” He added, “Maradona was one of the legendary football legends in the world, and on this occasion we express our condolences to the sports family in the world and ourselves for the departure of a great star.”
Pele and Maradona
Brazilian football has placed Pele in the ranks of the greats, in an indisputable competition for the title of “greatest in history”, with the other magician of the tournament and the late to his final resting place, Maradona. And despite the fact that the first popular game in its recent history has produced exceptional talents that are able to compete for the title of “greatest”, especially Argentine Lionel Messi and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, but these two players have not yet been able to keep pace with Pele and Maradona in a basic criterion which is raising the World Cup gold. And until the situation changes, the stars Pele and Maradona will remain in a different category in the world of the first popular game. To compare these two stars, four basic aspects of this comparison process have been observed.
The two players wore the number 10 shirt, which is very symbolic in football teams: Pele between 1956 and 1977, and Maradona between 1976 and 1997. Pele’s role on the stadium is often seen as “the number 9 and a half”, with a scoring bounty that reached 1281 goals in 1363 matches (according to FIFA statistics), and it is divided between two teams who defended their colors, meaning Brazilian Santos and the American New York Cosmos, And the “Seleção” national team, with which he played 92 games, and still is
His all-time goal scored 77 goals. As for Maradona, he was seen more as a free playmaker, deflecting defenders as he pleased, and during his career he scored 345 goals in 692 matches.