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Diego Armando Maradona Franco, born 30 October 1960 in Buenos Aires, is an Argentine former footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as for the national team of Argentina. Many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans regard Maradona as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.
At the age of 10, Maradona joined “Los Cebollitas”, the youth team of Argentinos Juniors and he started to show his prodigious ability, he led his team to an awesome 136 unbeaten streak games.
At the unusual age of 15, he made his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors during a match against Talleres de Córdoba. With Argentinos he was 5 times in a row top scorer into the Argentina first division tournaments (Metropolitano and Nacional) between 1978 and 1980.
In 1977 at the age of 16 he made his international debut with Argentina National Team during a match against Hungary and he scored his first international goal two years later, against Scotland at Hampden Park.
In 1979, he led the Argentina Under-20 team to win the World Cup played in Japan, he got the Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.
In 1981, Maradona was transferred to Boca Juniors and achieved the Metropolitano championship in his first year with the club.
In 1982, Maradona was transferred to FC Barcelona and he won Spanish League Cup and Copa del Rey before left the team to be transferred to SS Napoli from Italy in 1984, In this club Maradona got his biggest success achieving several tournaments for first time into this club’s history.
A playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona is the only player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5m, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9m. He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys during his club career, and is most famous for his time at Napoli where he won numerous accolades. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona’s exceptional vision, passing, ball control, dribbling skills, speed, reflexes and thinking time was combined with his small size (he was 5’5″”, or 1.65m) giving him a low center of gravity which allowed him to be more manoeuvrable than most other football players; he would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run. His presence on the pitch would have a great effect on his team’s general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname “”El Pibe de Oro”” (“”The Golden Boy””), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.