• Diego Maradona passed away on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60.
  • Lionel Messi, Pelé and Gianni Infantino greeted the legendary Argentinian.
  • FIFA pays homage to Diego with a compilation of videos, statements, facts and figures.

Gianni salues ​​Diego

“I have always said it and I can only repeat it today, more convinced than ever: what Diego has done for football, to make us all fall in love with this magnificent sport, it is unique. is simply huge, just like him, “said FIFA President Gianni Infantino, very moved after Maradona’s disappearance. To read Gianni Infantino’s full reaction, follow the link below.

Infantino: "Diego deserves our eternal gratitude"

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Messi and Pelé, at the forefront of tributes to Maradona

Lionel Messi: “It’s a very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He is leaving but he does not really leave us, because Diego is eternal. I will keep in memory all the beautiful moments that I lived with him . I take this opportunity to extend my condolences to all of his family and friends. Rest in peace. “

Skin: “What sad news. I have lost a great friend and the world has lost a legend. There is still so much to say, but for now, may God give strength to his family members. I hope that ‘one day we can play football together in the sky. “

Click on the link below to find the reactions of countless football personalities, including Didier Drogba, Paulo Dybala, Diego Forlán, Roger Milla, Lothar Matthaus, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo following the death of Diego Maradona.

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The film

Yes the movies The Godfather was sublimated by the excellence of Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden and others Diane Keaton, he is especially remembered for what is perhaps the greatest performance of actor in the history of the cinema: Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone.

Likewise, despite the brilliant performances of Emilio Butragueño, Enzo Francescoli, Gary Lineker, Michel Platini, Preben Elkjaer and others Zico in Mexico 1986, this edition made history following the recital of Diego Maradona, perhaps the greatest performance ever by a player at a FIFA World Cup ™. In 1986 FIFA World Cup™: The Official Film, another legend of the seventh art, Sir Michael Caine, tells of an edition illuminated by this unique talent. Watch this movie below …

Maradona holds the record for faults suffered in a World Cup (53 in Mexico 1986) and in a single match (23 against Italy in Spain 1982). Incredible statistics when you know how much more rigorous refereeing has become these days. Over his entire career, Maradona has achieved 152 free kicks in the World Cup, a record too. He is followed by Jairzinho, with 64 free kicks caused

The goal of the century

“Maradona has the ball”, announces the commentator Victor Hugo Morales to millions of listeners, as the Argentine number 10 takes possession of the leather at the 55e minute of the 1986 Mexican quarter-final against England. “He has two players on him. Maradona is in control and the genius of world football escapes to the right. He drops a third and goes to look for Burruchaga. Always Maradona! What a genius! What a genius! What a genius! Ah, ah, ah … Buuuuuut! Excuse you, I want to cry! Good God! Long live football! What a goal! Maradona after a memorable ride. The most beautiful personal action of all time. You cosmic kite, what planet are you from? “

The "goal of the century" on the Loup

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World Cup appearances as captain:

Player Pays Matches
Diego Maradona Argentine 16
Dino Zoff Italy 14
Paolo Maldini Italy 14
Kazimierz Deyna Poland 13
Uwe Seeler R.F.A. 12
Daniel Passarella Argentine 12
Lothar Matthaus FRG / Germany 12


Maradona was in the middle of an interview about the World Cup when FIFA surprised him by presenting him with the Trophy he had lifted at the Azteca Stadium. His reaction is worth the detour!

Did you know ?

  • Diego Maradona is the only player in history to break his own record for the most expensive transfer in world football. In 1982, FC Barcelona paid 3 million pounds to Boca Juniors to secure the services of Golden Boy, who thus became the most expensive footballer of all time, far ahead of Paolo Rossi, for whom Juventus signed a check for 1.75 million pounds at Vicenza in 1976. Two years later, Napoli paid 5 million in pounds for Maradona, a record that held until Ruud Gullit joined AC Milan from PSV Eindhoven for € 6million three years later.
  • After a breathtaking performance in 1983, Maradona became the very first FC Barcelona player to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid supporters at the Bernabeu.
  • When Maradona arrived at Napoli in 1984, the club had won only one major title in their 58-year history: the 1961/62 Italian Cup. During the seven years spent by the Argentinean among Parthenopei, they have won two Serie A, an Italian Cup, an Italian Supercup and the 1988/89 UEFA Cup. In the final of the latter, Maradona was the great architect of the 5-4 victory over the two matches against Jurgen Klinsmann’s Stuttgart.
  • Maradona and Lionel Messi are the only two players to win the adidas Golden Ball at the FIFA U-20 World Cup ™ and the World Cup.
  • Maradona is one of only three South Americans to shake the net in the World Cup 12 years apart. The two others ? Pelé and Lionel Messi.
  • Diego’s two younger brothers were footballers. Hugo has played at a high level in Italy and Spain. Raúl wore the colors of Boca Juniors and Granada.
  • Driving Argentina duringSouth Africa 2010, Maradona became the fourth man to participate in five World Cups as a player or coach. He followed in the footsteps of Mario Zagallo, Franz Beckenbauer and Berti Vogts.

A player and images that mark

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Maradona is the only player to have signed five goals and five assists in a single World Cup. He was directly involved in 71% of the goals albicelestes in Mexico 1986. This is the second best ratio in a team crowned world champion behind David Villa (75% for Spain in 2010). No player in the history of the competition has had more chances thanThe fuzz (66)

Other tributes

  • Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of national mourning.
  • At FIFA’s request, a minute’s silence was observed before matches played around the world in the days following the death of Diego Maradona.
  • Before the match between New Zealand and Argentina within the framework of the Rugby Championship, three days after the death of Maradona, the All Blacks deposited a black jersey flocked “10 Maradona” on the lawn before performing their haka.
  • After scoring in FC Barcelona’s win over Osasuna, Messi removed his jersey blaugrana to reveal that of Newell’s Old Boys, the other club represented by the two men, by raising both arms to the sky.
  • The Napoli club have renamed their stadium “Stadio Diego Armando Maradona”.

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