Diego Armando Maradona

Active - 1999 - 2006  |   Born - Oct 30, 1960 in Lanus, Argentina  |   Genres - Sports & Recreation [nf], Comedy

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Biography

Legendary soccer player who had a small role in the film Tifosi.

Factsheet

  • Signed to his first pro contract at age 15.
  • Played in four World Cups for Argentina.
  • Was team captain and designated as the tournament's best player in 1986, when Argentina won the World Cup.
  • Had two goals in 1986 game vs. England that made his reputation--the "Hand of God" goal, and the "Goal of the Century."
  • Suspended for 15 months in 1991 for failed drug test.
  • Sent home from the 1994 World Cup when he tested positive for drug ephedrine.
  • Retired in 1997 in poor health.
  • Finished first in an Internet vote for "FIFA Player of the Century."
  • Inspired the "Church of Maradona," said to have over 100,000 members from 60 countries.
  • Had autobiography published in 2000.
  • Had his stomach stapled to halt weight gain in 2005.
  • Named coach of Argentina's national team in 2008.
  • Ran over a cameraman's leg on the way to announce Argentina's roster for the 2010 World Cup.