Diego Maradona

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Diego Maradona : biography

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By the end of the tournament, Maradona went on to winning the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament by unanimous vote and was widely regarded to have won the World Cup virtually single-handedly. FIFA. page 43. FIFA.com (14 November 2012). Retrieved 31 March 2013.. FIFA.com (25 January 2001). Retrieved 31 March 2013. In a tribute to him, the Azteca Stadium authorities also built a statue of him scoring the "goal of the century" and placed it at the entrance of the stadium. worldrec.info. Retrieved 29–01–09.

1990 World Cup

Maradona captained Argentina again in the 1990 FIFA World Cup to yet another World Cup Final. An ankle injury affected his overall performance, and he was much less dominant than four years earlier. Argentina were almost eliminated in the first round, only qualifying in third position from their group. In the round of 16 match against Brazil, Claudio Caniggia scored the only goal after being set up by Maradona.

In the quarter final, Argentina faced Yugoslavia, the match ending 0–0 after 120 minutes, and Argentina advancing on penalty kicks, despite Maradona missing one of the penalties in the shootout with a weak shot to the goalkeeper’s right. The semifinal against the host nation Italy was also resolved on penalties after a 1–1 draw; this time, Maradona was successful with his effort, daringly rolling the ball into the net with an almost exact replica of his missed shot in the previous round. In the final, Argentina lost 1–0 to West Germany, the only goal being a penalty by Andreas Brehme in the 85th minute after a controversial foul on Rudi Völler.

1994 World Cup

At the 1994 FIFA World Cup Maradona played in only two games, scoring one goal against Greece, before being sent home after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. In his autobiography, Maradona argued that the test result was due to his personal trainer giving him the power drink Rip Fuel. His claim was that the U.S. version, unlike the Argentine one, contained the chemical and that, having run out of his Argentine dosage, his trainer unwittingly bought the U.S. formula. FIFA expelled him from USA ’94 and Argentina were subsequently eliminated in the second round. Maradona has also separately claimed that he had an agreement with FIFA, on which the organization reneged, to allow him to use the drug for weight loss before the competition in order to be able to play.Hylands, Alan. , about.com.

His failed drugs test at the 1994 World Cup signaled the end of his international career, which had lasted 17 years and yielded 34 goals from 91 games.

Honours

Player

Club

Argentinos Juniors 
Runner-up
  • Argentine Primera División (1): 1980 Metropolitano
Boca Juniors 
Winners
  • Argentine Primera División (1): 1981 Metropolitano
Runner-up
  • Argentine Primera División (1): 1997 Apertura
Barcelona 
Winners
  • Copa del Rey (1): 1983
  • Copa de la Liga (1): 1983
  • Supercopa de España (1): 1983
Napoli 
Winners
  • Serie A (2): 1987, 1990
  • Coppa Italia (1): 1987
  • UEFA Cup (1): 1989
  • Supercoppa Italiana (1): 1990
Runner-up
  • Serie A (2): 1988, 1989
  • Coppa Italia (1): 1989

Country

Argentina

Winners
  • FIFA World Youth Championship (1): 1979
  • 75th anniversary FIFA Cup (1): 1979
  • FIFA World Cup (1): 1986
  • Artemio Franchi Trophy (1): 1993
Runner-up
  • South American Youth Championship (1): 1979
  • FIFA World Cup (1): 1990

Manager

Club

Al-Wasl 
Runner-up
  • Gulf Club Champions League (1): 2012

Individual

  • Argentine Primera División top scorers (3): 1978, 1979, 1980
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball (1): 1979
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Shoe (1): 1979
  • World Player of the Year (Guerin Sportivo) (1): 1979
  • Argentine Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year (4): 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986
  • South American Footballer of the Year (2): (official award) 1979, 1980
  • Olimpia de Oro (2): 1979, 1986
  • Italian Guerin d’Oro (1): 1985
  • Onze de Bronze (2): 1985, 1988
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (1): 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Boot (1): 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Most Assists (1): 1986
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (2): 1986, 1990
  • Onze d’Or (2): 1986, 1987
  • Argentine Sports Writers’ Sportsman of the Year (1): 1986
  • L’Équipe Champion of Champions (1): 1986
  • United Press International Athlete of the Year Award (1): 1986
  • World Soccer Awards Player of the Year (1): 1986
  • South American Player of the Year (4): (unofficial award) 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992
  • Capocannoniere (Serie A top scorer) (1): 1987–88
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball (1): 1990
  • Onze d’Or (top player of the year for the Onze Mondial French newspaper) (1): 1994
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • Golden Ball for services to football (France Football) (1): 1996
  • Argentine Sports Writers’ Sportsman of the Century (1): 1999
  • Marca Leyenda (1): 1999
  • Number 10 retired by Napoli football team as a recognition to his contribution to the club: 2000
  • Argentine Senate "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" recognition for lifetime achievement
  • FIFA Player of the Century (1): 2000
  • FIFA World Cup Goal of the Century (1986 (2–1) v. England; second goal): 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
  • FIFA 100