Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional footballer and football manager.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, and by many as the greatest ever.
Biography of Maradona
Diego Maradona was born on 30th October 1960 in Argentina, He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona’s vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature of 1.65 m tall.
Maradona’s net worth is estimated at $100 Million (£75 Million), despite enjoying a playing career which spanned two decades. The World Cup winner may have inspired Napoli to two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but he has been in a long-running dispute with the Italian government over taxes.
With a reported €37 million (£33m/$42m) left to pay the Italian authorities, Maradona’s net worth has been estimated at $100 Million.
At the age of 15, Diego made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors and became the sole provider for his impoverished family, he was purchased by the Boca Juniors in 1981 for a $4 million fee. He spent only a year at the club he supported as a child before transferring to Barcelona in 1982 after an unsuccessful World Cup campaign.
There was considerable anticipation when he arrived at Barcelona, a team that paid a record-breaking fee of $7.6 million to sign the young star. Although Maradona was adored by Spanish fans and he continued to perform well for the team, his tenure at the Barcelona was marred by a number of controversial incidents.
In 1984, a heated exchange saw Diego assault several Athletic Bilbao players, and he knocked one of them out with a knee to the head. The brawl led to a fully-fledged riot within the stadium, and Maradona was subsequently dismissed from FC Barcelona.
Napoli broke the world record transfer fee that had been set by Diego earlier, paying about $10.5 million for the Argentine.
Maradona married long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe on 7 November 1984 in Buenos Aires, and they had two daughters, Dalma Nerea (born 2 April 1987) and Gianinna Dinorah (born 16 May 1989).
Maradona and Villafañe divorced in 2004. Daughter Dalma has since asserted that the divorce was the best solution for all, as her parents remained on friendly terms. They travelled together to Naples for a series of homages in June 2005 and were seen together on other occasions, including the Argentina games during 2006 World Cup.
During the divorce proceedings, Maradona admitted he is the father of Diego Sinagra (born in Naples on 20 September 1986). The Italian courts had already ruled so in 1993, after Maradona refused to undergo DNA tests to prove or disprove his paternity. Diego Junior met Maradona for the first time in May 2003 after tricking his way onto a golf course in Italy where Maradona was playing.