Maradona Pullover Hoodie
The world of football was shocked when Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, died at his Argentina home in November 2020 at just 60 years old.
A unique talent known for his spectacular goals, he was called “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”) a nickname that stuck with him throughout his illustrious career as a classic Number 10 playmaker.
Maradona‘s greatest achievements were as captain of the Serie A side Napoli as well as the Argentinian national team. Maradona was presented to the world media as a Napoli player in July 1984, where he was welcomed by 75,000 ecstatic fans at the Stadio San Paolo. Prior to Maradona‘s arrival, Italian football was dominated by the superstar teams from the north and centre of the country – A.C. Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma – and no team in the poorer southern region of Italy had ever won a league title. At Napoli, Maradona inherited the captain’s armband and became an adored star among the club’s supporters. Led by Maradona, Napoli won their first Serie A Championship in 1986-87. The team’s prolific attacking trio – Maradona, Bruno Giordano and Careca – were dubbed the “Ma-Gi-Ca” (magical) front-line. Other honours during the Maradona era at Napoli included a second league title in 1989-90, the Coppa Italia in 1987, the UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Super Cup. While with the club he also became the leading goal scorer in their history with 115 goals until this record was broken just a few years ago by Marek Hamsik.
He made his full international debut at the age of 16 but was extremely disappointed when he was left out of the Argentinian squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil by coach Cesar Luis Menotti who felt he was too young. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. In the quarter final against England, he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory – one with his hand (” The Hand of God” as he claimed afterwards) out jumping Peter Shilton while his second goal involved a mazy dribble past five England players which was voted “Goal of the Century” in 2002. In Argentina, he was loved as a divine figure for leading the nation to the 1986 World Cup and in particular for his performance against England with whom the country had been at war years earlier.
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