As you may already know…or maybe not…I am a big time fútbol fan! I am faithful to my team, Barcelona, Soy Culé, which means I am a huge fan of Fútbol Club Barcelona, or Barça, as we call it for short. Even though I am from Valencia, but there is no rivalry there, I love Valencia CF but I cannot help being a fan of Barça because I’ve always been…
But like I said, I love fútbol and one championship, in particular one match and one play I will never forget was that of Diego Armando Maradona playing for the Argentine National Team during the World Cup Mexico 1986. He scored…or assisted…in ten of the fourteen goals scored by Argentina! He dribbled…incredible feat…ninety times! But the best is in this short clip I will share. In the match against England…a country I am glad he defeated after the humiliation of Argentina in the Malvinas war in which England interfered imperialistically in the affairs of the American continent…Maradona did what no other had done. These two goals are amazing and especiallyWatch this because this was the famous “hand of God”.
All I can say is that he was a player with a heart and a passion for the sport that made watching him an adventure. He was the greatest player, but also quite controversial. A tremendous lover of the sport, an enthusiast par excellence and the best, no one can deny, but he came with a boatload of problems which plagued him to his dying day, but those things have nothing to do…directly…with football, so I will leave them for someone else to discuss if they want to, or you can look them up.
Presently…and for the last seventeen years…I am a great fan of Messi, another Argentinian great. I chose to put the photo of an older Maradona, (coaching the Argentine National Team), patting on the back a young Messi, because I know Mardona praised the skill, the drive, the power of Lionel Messi, and I applaud him for that.
Diego Armando was born in Lanús, Argentina, on the 30th of October 1960. He was world champion with the Argentina National Team in 1986, second place, sub-champion in 1990, and winner of the Copa Artemio Franchi of 1993. His last match wearing the uniform of the Argentine National Team was on the 25th of June 1994 playing against Nigeria in the United States World Cup (Brasil won). With Napoli, (Italian Serie A), he won the UEFA Cup and the only two scudettos that Napoli has and with whom he scored the «gol imposible» in 1985.
The goal he scored against the English team in World Cup 1986 was voted by FIFA as being the best in the history of the World Cup of the XXth Century and in fourth place is one of his goals against Belgium of that same World Cup Mexico championship.
Maradona’s death is a national tragedy for the country of Argentina and a great loss to all football fans around the world. I want to express my sincere condolences to the Argentinian nation and as well to all fans. Maradona will be missed. He is now a legend, a milestone and a leader of the sport.
Diego Armando died on the 25th day of November 2020 at a specially prepared home…in Buenos Aires…where he was to convalesce after surgery to repair a blood clot in the brain. The stated cause of death was cardiac/respiratory arrest…an autopsy is being performed today, 26 NOV 2020…to fully determine the cause.
To see some of the most iconic images of Maradona at work as a player for Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and the Argentine National Team, please watch the companion piece I have prepared which offers a photo montage video with original music.
Ciao Pelusa, no te olvidaremos…