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Diego Maradona: those addictions he fought against all his life

A “golden kid” with some vices. On Wednesday November 25, Diego Maradona passed away at the age of 60 in his home in Tigre, near Buenos Aires, after succumbing to cardiac arrest. A terrible loss for the world of the round ball which mourns its star and above all, a legend. From Argentina to Naples where he played for several years, many are now mourning this enfant terrible of football, to whom even the worst mistakes and escapades have always been forgiven. And this because they helped build his legend.

In addition to his controversial outings, Diego Maradona was also known for his drug use, which inevitably ended up costing him his career in the field. Cocaine user, some see this addiction as a sign that the pressure is too great for the footballer. “Diego Maradona has never hidden that he quickly became addicted to cocaine. As soon as he was in Barcelona, ​​he couldn’t do without it. So that means that he needed to escape very, very quickly from all of this, “Bixente Lizarazu said of the player’s last years. And if the football world seems to turn a blind eye to the player’s habits off the pitch, controls began to catch up with him in 1991, when he tested positive for cocaine, which earned him a 15-month suspension as well as 14 months in prison suspended by the Italian authorities.

An end of career eaten away by cocaine

It was finally in 1994 that Diego Maradona returned to favor for the World Cup which took place in the United States, where he would play only two games, before being suspended again for taking ephedrine this time. A new blow to his career, which he ended in 1997, far from the player he had been a few years earlier and consumed by cocaine, an addiction he has always assumed. “If I hadn’t taken drugs, we wouldn’t even be talking about Pelé,” he once said of “King” Pelé, when it was a question of which of the two was the greatest player of all. the temperature. But today, one can claim to have a church named after him.

Diego Maradona © FEP

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