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.
1971: Argentina goes on to win the Football tournament at the Pan American Games.
1972: 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.
1974: 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.
1976: Scores his first goal in Primera División, two weeks after his birthday. Becomes the youngest player for the Primera División.
1977: 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.
1979: 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.
1981: 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.
1983: 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.
1987: 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.
1989: 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.
1991: 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.
1995: Played for the Boca Juniors.
1996: Sought to reinvent himself as a trainer, without much success.
1997: 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.