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DIEGO MARADONA, ARGENTINA
Argentinos Juniors
Boca Juniors, Barecelona (Italy)
Napoli (Italy), Sevilla (Italy)
Newell's Old Boys (ARG)
1977-1994

Passion. Love him or hate him, there is no denying Maradona played the game with passion, aroused passion in his fans and detractors, and ruled football from the 1980s through the early 1990s. Sure there was controversy--the "Hand of God" goal, the drug problems--but there were many, many moments of great football. His incredible defense-splitting "other" goal against England in the 1986 World Cup and eventual Championship, is considered one of the greatest goals ever, as he wove for 60 meters through five defensemen and THEN beat the goalie by slipping the ball into net with his golden left foot. The 1986 FIFA Player of the Year award followed. The repeat World Cup in 1990. He lead Argentina to the Finals, but lost to Germany on a marginal penalty kick. In 1994 he struggled to get in shape for the World Cup, made the squad, and scored an amazing goal against Greece, but soon after was sadly suspended. Maradona's departure from the '94 Cup broke the heart and ended the dreams of the team. Maradona was always a threat to score or dish out an assist. His professional highlights include two Italian league Championships and UEFA Cup with Napoli. His passing and ball-control skills were unmatched among his generation.

CAPS GOALS
90 34

 

 

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ALL-TIME WORLD XI

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< Carlos Alberto, BRZ
< Franz Beckenbauer, GRM
< Bobby Moore, ENG
< Johan Cruyff, HLD
< Alfredo Di Stefano, ARG
< Diego Maradona, ARG
< Nilton Santos, BRZ
< Garrincha, BRZ
< Pele, BRZ
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