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Diego Maradona

Diego MaradonaAKA Diego Armando Maradona

Born: 30-Oct-1960
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 25-Nov-2020
Location of death: Tigre, Argentina
Cause of death: Heart Attack

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Soccer

Nationality: Argentina
Executive summary: Led Argentina to 1986 World Cup Final

Elected the greatest FIFA soccer player of the 20th century (an honor he shares with Pelé), Diego Armando Maradona was born in 1960 in a slum outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. He quickly rose to prominence in the Argentinian soccer leagues, and became a major star. But it wasn't until the 1986 World Cup match against that Maradona became a national hero. During the second half of the quarter-final match against England, the Argentinian scored what would become known as the infamous "Hand of God" goal. 114,580 spectators plainly witnessed Maradona use his left hand to toss the ball into the net, but none of the referees claimed to notice. In the end, Argentina beat England 2-1.

Maradona was banned from the sport for 12 months after testing positive for cocaine in 1991. He was banned for another 15 months after testing positive for ephedrine during the 1994 World Cup. He tested positive for drugs yet again in 1997, resulting in another suspension. Eventually, Maradona was forced by obesity to retire from the sport, and joined the cast of a weekly Italian TV talk show, Biscardivenerdi, which has a huge following in Latin America.

In 2000, Maradona suffered a severe heart attack triggered by a cocaine overdose. Fidel Castro, a fan of Maradona, invited him to undergo detox in Cuba. After that, Maradona told the world he'd kicked his coke habit. In 2004, Maradona suffered another severe heart attack triggered by another cocaine overdose, and woke up in intensive care in a Buenos Aires hospital. His survival was in doubt, and it made headlines worldwide when his respirator was disconnected and Maradona continued breathing on his own. At present, Maradona looks more like an average fat guy than a World Cup athlete, and sports tattoos of Che Guevara on his right shoulder and Castro on his left leg. He has accused his longtime agent, Guillermo Coppola, of swindling him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties and other fees.

Wife: Claudia Villafane
Daughter: Dalma (b. Apr-1987)
Daughter: Giannina
Mistress: Christiana Sinagra
Son: Diego Armando, Jr. (illegitimate)

    South American Footballer of the Year 1979
    South American Footballer of the Year 1980
    unknown detox facility somewhere in Cuba
    unknown detox facility somewhere in Switzerland, 1996
    Heart Attack 2000
    Heart Attack 2004
    Gastric Bypass Surgery 5-Mar-2005
    Tax Evasion Italy
    unknown detox facility Guemes Sanatorium, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Mar-2007)
    Endorsement of LVMH 2010
    Croatian Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, Obesity, Hepatitis B, Alcoholism

    Argentinos Juniors 1976-81
    Boca Juniors 1981-82
    FC Barcelona 1982-84
    SSC Napoli 1984-91
    Sevilla FC 1992-93
    Boca Juniors 1995-97

    Diego Maradona (19-May-2019) · Himself
    Hero (1987) · Himself

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