Diego Armando Maradona has bid goodbye to the world on 25 November 2020 as he leaves behind a legacy rife with scandals, riddled with joy and despair and most importantly, some of the most enchanting memories associated with the ‘beautiful game’.
The dazzling, mazy seventy-yard sprint with the ball glued improbably to his left foot, as English defenders flail helplessly to the side. The iconic Argentine-television narration sums up the feeling: “Diego,” the breathless announcer shouts, “what planet are you from?” This one particular run from the magician in the 1986 world cup was one of the most vividly remembering memory for any sports aficionado? 1982 world cup was his story all the way but with the tragic end, it was an anticlimax. 1986 world cup was his entire fight back story with a perfect ending where he single-handedly lead a mediocre team to win the football world cup.
Number 10 wore by many but the number and the jersey suited him the best. I thought god gifted who was born in a poor family in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 30 October 1960 was the gift of GOD just not to football but to the sports fraternity worldwide. What kind of enigma one would have been who inspires the phenomenon called Messi. Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona. Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.” quoted Messi.
King Cantona putting up the full stop on Pele and Maradona debate by quoting “Some say Pele was the greatest player of all time, but not me. Maradona will always be the greatest. He won World Cup in 1986, narrowly lost in the final in 1990 and then in 1994 maybe would have won it again had he not been banned. The crucial difference with Pele is that Maradona wasn’t surrounded by great players; he had to carry the team himself. If you took Maradona out of Argentina they would not win the World Cup, but I think Brazil without Pele would still have won.”He was equally good as a playmaker and the scorer his run from the right-wing and ability to cross pass with flawless accuracy is more than a work of genius. His goal-scoring moves were showstopper his sublime pure smile after scoring every goal was therapeutic.
Number 10 wore by many but the number and the jersey suited him the best.
Every time the world cup approaches my heart always wanted Argentina to win the world cup as I don the black striped jersey no 10 supporting the south American country called Argentina as an Indian sitting miles away and I have only one reason for that that is Diego Maradano that is why the champion was such an enigma worldwide with his sheer ability and talent he made football look so simple Hercules was to battlefield Mardona was to the football pitch, the legend was the testimony to human excellence.
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