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Fifa world cup Brazinga 2014: Cup Legend Diego Armando Maradona Franco

Thursday, 5 June 2014 - 7:00am IST | Agency: dna

Name: Diego Armando Maradona Franco
Date of Birth: October 30, 1960
Position: Stiker
Team: Argentina
Appearances: 91
Goals: 34

Not only was Diego Maradona the world's greatest footballer throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, but he was also the most controversial and the most enigmatic. His technique was sublime and his left foot magical. Argentina's favourite son boasted of a God-like status in his country. So much so that his second goal against England in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup was termed the 'Hand of God'. Four minutes later came a goal which was later voted as the goal of the century by FIFA.com users in 2002. He collected the ball in his own half, dribbled past five English defenders in a 60-metre solo dash and then beat Peter Shilton with a low left-foot strike. He played a crucial role in his side's run to the final where they beat Germany 3-2 to win their second World Cup. He captained his side in the 1990 tournament only to suffer heartbreak in the final where Germany had their revenge, winning 1-0. At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Maradona played in only two games, scoring one goal against Greece, before being sent home after failing a drug test for testing positive for five variants of ephedrine. He stint as coach from 2008-2010 wasn't a good one as Argentina crashed out in the quarterfinals, losing 0-4 to his old enemy, Germany.

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