Diego Maradona: biography and latest news!

    Diego Maradona © SGP
    Diego Maradona © SGP

  • Occupation: Professional soccer player, Coach
  • Real name: Diego Armando Maradona
  • Sign : Scorpio
  • Date of birth: Sunday, October 30, 1960 (age: 60 years old)
  • Date of Death: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
  • Country : Argentina

Diego Maradona was born on October 30, 1960 in Lanus, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He grew up in the deprived neighborhood of Villa Fiorito, with a sibling group of four children. From an early age, he had only one dream, to become a soccer player and win the World Cup. In February 1977, at the age of 16, he joined the Argentinean Eleven team and became the youngest professional player in the history of soccer.

Nicknamed “El Pibe de Oro” (The Golden Kid), he participated in Argentina’s victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Until 1994, he wore the jersey of the national team and scored about 50 goals in 115 games. Between 1984 and 1991, the footballer reached the consecration in Italy with the club of Naples with which he won two Italian championship titles. Enjoying an almost divine aura with some of his supporters, the former Naples player wrote his legend thanks to his technical feats, but also by his unbridled life far from the soccer fields.

After testing positive for cocaine in 1991, which earned him a 15-month suspension, and then for ephedrine in 1994 during the World Cup in the United States, Diego Maradona ended his playing career on October 30, 1997. His drug addiction and excessive alcohol consumption caused him many health problems. In 2004 he almost died after a heart attack. Diego Maradona finally managed to recover and began a detoxification program. In 2007, a relapse led him to a new hospitalization.

In 2008, he became the national coach of the Argentinean team. Two years later, the collaboration turns short, the failure at the 2010 World Cup and several insults to journalists, earned him the thanks of his federation. In the years that followed, he coached two clubs in the United Arab Emirates and then in 2018, he became president of the Belarusian club, Dinamo Brest. Since 2019, he is the coach of Gimnasia La Plata.

In 2016, the former footballer published his autobiography entitled My Truth.

On November 25, 2020, at the age of 60, he died of a heart attack in his home in Tigre, a suburb of Buenos Aires. At the beginning of November, Diego Maradona had been operated on for a brain hematoma.

In his private life, Diego Maradona is the father of eight children from six different mothers, born in Argentina, Cuba and Italy. From his marriage with Claudia Villafane (1984-2003), he has two daughters; Dalma and Giannina. In 1986, his son Diego junior was born in Naples from his relationship with Cristina Sinagra (he was recognized in 1993). In 1996, Jana was born from an affair with Valeria Sabalain (she is recognized in 2014). Three other children from two different mothers were born in the 2000s and were recognized in 2019. Finally, Diego Maradona is also the father of Diego Fernandes born in 2013 from his relationship with Veronica Ojeda.