Diego Maradona : biography
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Diego Maradona was born on 30 October 1960, at the Policlínico (Polyclinic) Evita Hospital in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province, but raised in Villa Fiorito, a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, James Dart, Paul Doyle and Jon Hill, 12 April 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2006. to a poor family that had moved from Corrientes Province. He was the first son after three daughters. He has two younger brothers, Hugo (el Turco) and Raúl (Lalo), both of whom were also professional football players. Maradona has Spanish, and indigenous ancestry."". Time. 23 October 2009.
He was the fifth child and first son of ‘Chitoro’ Diego Maradona and ‘Doña Tota’ Dalma Salvadora Franco (1930–2011). Both his parents were illegitimate children; his father took the family name of his mother because his father did not recognise him as his own while his mother was only recognised by her father, Maradona’s grandfather Atanancio Ramón Edisto Franco when she was eighteen years old. They were both born and brought up in the town of Esquina in the north-east province of Corrientes Province, living only two hundred yards from each other on the banks of the Corriente River. In 1950, they left Esquina and settled in Buenos Aires. Maradona is a mestizo, a term traditionally used in Spain and Latin America for people of mixed Native American and European descent.
There is a dispute as to the source of the name Maradona. It had long been believed that it was of Italian origin, however Spanish researchers assert that the name originated from the region of Galicia. Salvador Rodríguez, La Opinión A Coruña, 23 October 2011.
At age 10, Maradona was spotted by a talent scout while he was playing in his neighborhood club Estrella Roja. He became a staple of Los Cebollitas (The Little Onions), the junior team of Buenos Aires’s Argentinos Juniors. As a 12-year-old ball boy, he amused spectators by showing his wizardry with the ball during the halftime intermissions of first division games.. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
Along with his time at Napoli, international football is where Maradona found his fame. Playing for the Albicelestes of the Argentina national football team, he participated in four consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, leading Argentina to victory in 1986 and to second place in 1990.