More than ten cool and interesting fun facts about Maradona. Diego Armando Maradona is regarded by all football fans, writers, critics, players be the greatest footballer in the history of the game. He is a retired Argentine professional footballer and has served as a manager and coach at number of renowned clubs as well as national team of Argentina. The clubs he represented include Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys. He is most famous for Napoli though.
In Argentina, Maradona is considered a sport giant and idolized receiving the name of God. At the time of his retirement a former teammate Jorge Valdano said, “At the time that Maradona retired from active football, left traumatized Argentina. Maradona was more than just a great footballer. It was a special compensation factor for a country that in a few years lived several military dictatorships and social frustrations of all kinds”. Valdano added that “Maradona offered to the Argentines a way out of their collective frustration, and that’s why people love him. There is a divine figure.”
Here in this article we will be sharing some cool and interesting facts about Maradona. So let us see what this legendary player gave to this great game.
Diego Armando Maradona Interesting & Cool Facts
- Joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century Award
The biggest and most impressive fact about Maradona is that he has been declared, along with another mighty player Pele, to be the FIFA Player of the 20th Century Award. This is indeed the most prestigious title for any player of the game.
- Has the world’s record transfer fee twice on his credit
A very inspiring fact about him is that he has been such a marvellous player of the game throughout his career that he set not once but twice World’s record transfer fee. First one came when he transferred to the renowned football club Barcelona for a then world record of £5 million. No one at that time ever thought of such a huge sum of money to be given as a transfer fee. Second one came when he got transferred to another famous club named Napoli. This time the transfer fee was £6.9 million.
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- Capped 91 times scoring 34 goals for Argentina
Armando Maradona was the confirm choice of Argentina selectors. Whenever he played from his team and was in ground, he always kept players of his opponents on their toes posing constant threat. For his international career with Argentina, he proudly capped in 91 international matches scoring 34 thrilling goals.
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- His unique advantage of small size
A funny and surprising fact about him is that is he is only 165 m or 5 ft 5 in tall. This gives him a unique advantage over his counterparts. This small size gave him a low centre of gravity and with exceptional vision, passing, ball control, dribbling skills, speed, reflexes and reaction time; together it made a deadly combination too difficult for the players of opponent team to handle.
- Nick named “El Pibe De Oro”
A very funny fact about him is that he was nicknamed “El Pibe De Oro”. This, is if translated in English, turns out to be “Golden Boy”. This nick name remained with him throughout his career. His outstanding skills of the game simply made him great star. His strong passing, complete control and unexpected tricks with the ball used to make him unstoppable.
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- Played in four world cups
A very unique fact about him is that he represented his country in no less than four world cups. Most popular is the FIFA 1986 World Cup. It was held in Mexico. He played from Argentina as a Captain and led his country to victory over West Germany in the final. He also won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
- Maradona as a successful coach
A very motivational fact about Maradona is that after retirement as a player he opted for a career as a coach. He became coach of his national team Argentina in 2008. He led the team in 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In league matches, he coached Dubai based club Al Wasi in the UAE Pro League for the 2011 -12 Season. He was also taken up as a Spiritual Coach by famous Argentina club Primer D Club.
- All time leading goal scorer for Napoli
A very interesting fact about him is that his career reached new heights when he was playing from Napoli. In spite of his creative role as an attacking midfielder he was all time top Scorer for the club with 115 goals.
- Ninth Fact About Maradona Cocaine addict
A bad fact about him is that he has been addict of drugs. As his success in the field was growing, so were his personal problems. The most widely he used was Cocaine. Diego Armando received nearly US $70,000 in fines from his clubs due to disciplinary issues. He failed the drug test for Cocaine and received 15 months ban from serving Napoli. Finally he had to leave Napoli in disgrace in 1992.
- Goal of the Century Scorer
One of the finest interesting facts about him is that he has the honour of scoring FIFA’s greatest goal in the history of the World Cup. He received the ball in his own half, swivelled around and with 11 touches ran more than half the length of the field, dribbling past five English outfield players before he left goalkeeper on his backside and slotted the ball into the net. This goal was voted “Goal of the Century” in a 2002 online poll conducted by FIFA.
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- Awarded as most important personality in Sports in the last decade in Argentina
Another very amazing fact is that he was awarded Diamond Konex Award from Konex Foundation in 1990. This is the most prestigious culture awards in Argentina as the most important personality in Sports in the last decade in his country.
- Published autobiography Yo Soy El Diego (I am The Diego)
A very impressive fact about him is that he has published autobiography by the name of Yo Soy El Diego, if we translate it into English it will be I am the Diego. It was published in 2000. The book became bestseller in his home country. Diego Maradona donated the Cuban royalties of his book to the Cuban people and Fidel.
- Topper of all major fan polls
A very cool fact about Maradona is that he has topped a number of fan polls. Most popularly, the one conducted by FIFA in 2002. He won the best goal ever scored in a World Cup. This was the marvellous goal which he scored against England in the mega event. He also won the most votes in a poll to determine the All time ultimate World Cup Team. He also tops the list of the Greatest 10 World Cup Players; a poll conducted by the London based famous newspaper The Times. He has a stadium by his name too.
- Diego Maradona and Politics
A very surprising fact about him is that, he has been very vocal on various political issues and political personalities. He was very inspired from Cuban leader. He also dedicated the royalty payments of his book to Cuban people. When he visited Pope he also remarked a very bold statement regarding lavish decor of Pope and Pope’s concern about poor people. He was a strong critic of American President George W. Bush. Though he had a soft views regarding his successor American President Barrack H. Obama.