Mad about Maradona

Published: 29 October, 2013 23:52 IST | The Centrestage Team |

In Argentina, Diego Maradona is considered a sports hero to many

On his 53rd birthday today, CS shares trivia about the sporting sensation.

>> On 27th February 1977, 16-year old Maradona made his Argentinian debut against Hungary at the Bomberna stadium in Buenos Aires.

>> Diego has a tattoo of Che Guevara on his arm.

>> His handball goal against England in the 1986 World cup was ‘the hand of God’ according to him. There is a church of Maradona where followers often re-enact this remarkablegoal.

>> In 2004 he suffered a major heart attack following a cocaine overdose.

>> He is known in Argentina as ‘El pibe de ora’ (The golden boy).

>> He is the only footballer to set world-record contract fees twice, firstly when transferring to Barcelona for a then world record of £5m, and secondly, when transferred to Napoli for another record fee of £6.9m. 

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