Diego Maradona- One of the best football players in history.

Sports Friday 27/November/2020 11:41 AM
By: Times News Service
Diego Maradona- One of the best football players in history.

A timeline of Diego Maradona's career:

1970: Talent scout Francis Cornejo spots eight-year old Diego playing in a small shanty town in southern Buenos Aires.

Argentina goes on to win the Football tournament at the Pan American Games.

Argentinian newspaper El Grafico carries its first report on the young football player, now only 12 years old and dubbed a miracle.

1973: Maradona debuts with Los Cebollitas (The Little Onions), the junior team of the Buenos Aires' Argentinos Juniors.

Heads over to Argentinos Juniors to play at the pre-professional stage.

1976: Played his first professional match for Argentinos Juniors, 10 days before his 16th birthday.

Scores his first goal in Primera División, two weeks after his birthday. Becomes the youngest player for the Primera División.

Awarded the Number 10 jersey, having played with Number 16 till then.

1978: At the age of 17, was left out of the 1978 World Cup team by coach César Luis Menotti who felt he was too young.

Participated instead in the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan, judged 'Star of the Tournament'.

1980: Maradona scored a super hat-trick against Boca Juniors for the Argentinos Juniors. He would go on to join Boca Juniors.

Was loaned to Boca Juniors for the price of $ 4 Million.

1982: Played his first World Cup tournament, scored twice against Hungary. His famous temper resulted in him being sent off for a retaliatory foul against Brazil.

Became the captain of the Argentine national team.

1984: Napoli poached him for the sum of $10.48 Million, another world record.

1986: Also led by Maradona, Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, beating West Germany in the finals.

Napoli won their first ever Serie A Italian Championship led by Maradona.

1989: With Maradona at the helm, Napoli was ranked the second best team in the Coppa Italia League.

Napoli also won the UEFA Europa League cup.

1990: Maradona played in the World Cup final but his team lost to West Germany, 1-0.

Napoli wins the Italian Supercup.

1992: Maradona faced a suspension sentence of 15 months due to cocaine abuse. Leaves Napoli in disgrace. Returns to join Sevilla.

1993: He played with Newell's Old Boys against Independiente, the team that he had played his first match against.

1994: Maradona played only two matches in the World Cup, scoring once against Greece before being sent home for failing a dope test.

Played for the Boca Juniors.

1996: Sought to reinvent himself as a trainer, without much success.

Retired from football on October 30, leaving Argentina traumatised.

2020: Underwent emergency brain surgery and returned home. Died of a heart attack at home in Buenos Aires.