Diego Armando Maradona was born on 30th October 1960 in Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in football. He was a professional footballer hailing from Argentina.
Maradona had an exceptional ability to control the ball and create opportunities to score goals in adverse situations. Many times led his team to victory in difficult matches through his techniques.
Recently the world experienced the sad news of his demise on 25th November 2020. The legend took his last breath at his residence in Tigre, Buenos Aires in his sleep after suffering chronic heart failure which caused pulmonary edema. In this article, we will mention Diego Maradona’s achievements as a tribute.
Diego Maradona: Achievements
It is certainly not possible to list the enormous achievements Maradona acquired. But here we have attempted to name a few of Diego Maradona’s memorable and greatest achievements during his glorious football career.
- During his 21 years of a professional football career, he scored 259 goals playing 490 official club games.
- In the international career playing for Argentina, he scored 34 goals and earned 91 caps.
- He was the hero behind the victory of World cup 1986 scoring 5 goals. And won the FIFA world cup golden ball.
- Titled the “Hand of God” for his memorable performances against England.
- He received the title of footballer of the year four times i.e. 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1986.
- He was the honorary president for club Dynamo Brest
Awards received by Diego Maradona
- South American Player of the Year: 1979
- Footballer of the year: In 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1986
- The prestigious Milliyet Sports Award for World Athlete of the Year: 1987
- Spanish Cup with FC Barcelona in 1983
- Italian League Crown with Naples team in 1987 and 1990.
- In 1993 he was named “Olimpia de Plata” as the best Argentine soccer player of the century.
- Named “Olimpia de Plata” as the best Argentine sportsman of the century
- Maradona was elected as the top player of the 20th century by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Clubs he was a part of:
- Las Cebollitas: This was his first club joined at the age of 8 years.
- Argentinos Juniors: He joined this club at the age of 14 years. Under this made his first division debut in 1976.
- He was also the youngest footballer from Argentina to make a national debut in 1976.
- Boca Juniors: In 1981, joined this club and led this to win a championship.
- FC Barcelona: He joined this Spanish football club in 1982. A year later FC Barcelona won the Spanish Cup in 1983.
- SSC Napoli: Through the tenure of 1984–91 Maradona enjoyed great success playing for the Italian football club SSC Napoli.
- Sevilla: After Napoli, he played for a Spanish club i.e. Sevilla.
- Newell’s Old Boys: He played for this football club of his own country.
- He played his last match from Boca Juniors on October 25, 1997.
- After retiring as a player he played the role of the manager and mentor of the teams like Argentina, dynamo brent, etc.
- In 2008, Diego Maradona was named as the head coach of the national team of Argentina.
- May 2018: He was the chairman of Dynamo Brest, a Belarusian club
- From Sep 2018 to June 2019 he mentored a Mexican club Dorados.
- He was the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata till his sudden demise