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    RIP Diego Maradona.

    The legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, the Argentinian football association has said.




    Maradona, who captained Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning team, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time - if not the greatest.

    Earlier this month, it emerged he was to undergo surgery for a subdural haematoma, his personal physician told reporters.

    A subdural haematoma is a serious condition where a blood clot develops between the skull and the surface of the brain. It is usually caused by a head injury.

    He was also admitted to hospital because he was "not well psychologically".

    He said he had been "very sad for a week" and "didn't want to eat", according to one of his representatives.

    Maradona dead: Argentina legend and one of world's greatest footballers dies aged 60 | World News | Sky News

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    Wow. Just seen it. I saw him play live once and he didn't do much, but what a player he was in that 86 world cup.

    RIP indeed.

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    Gone to soon, RIP.

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    RIP the greatest troll













    Of all time.





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    Helluva a player mind.

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    Dazzling, infamous, extraordinary, genius, outrageous. Diego Maradona. A flawed football icon.
    One of the game's most gifted players, the Argentine boasted a rare combination of flair, flamboyance, vision and speed which mesmerised fans.

    He also outraged supporters with his controversial 'Hand of God' goal and plunged into a mire of drug abuse and personal crises off the pitch.
    Short and sweet - The football genius

    Born 60 years ago in a Buenos Aires shanty town, Diego Armando Maradona escaped the poverty of his youth to become a football superstar considered by some to be even greater than Brazil's Pele.
    The Argentine, who scored 259 goals in 491 matches, pipped his South American rival in a poll to determine the greatest player of the 20th Century, before Fifa changed the voting rules so both players were honoured.
    Maradona holds the World Cup aloft in 1986Maradona showed prodigious ability from a young age, leading Los Cebollitas youth team to a 136-game unbeaten streak and going on to make his international debut aged just 16 years and 120 days.
    Short and stocky, at just 5ft 5in, he was not your typical athlete.
    But his silky skills, agility, vision, ball control, dribbling and passing more than compensated for lack of pace and occasional weight problems.
    He may have been a whizz at running rings round hostile defenders but he found it harder to dodge trouble.
    Hand of God & Goal of the Century

    Maradona beat Shilton to the ball - and the goal was allowed to stand in 1986Maradona's 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina tell only part of the story of his rollercoaster international career.
    He led his country to victory at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and a place in the final four years later.
    In the quarter-final of the earlier tournament, there was a foretaste of the controversy that would later engulf his life.
    The match against England already had an extra friction, with the Falklands War between the two countries having taken place only four years beforehand. That on-field edge was to become even more intense.
    With 51 minutes gone and the game goalless, Maradona jumped with opposing goalkeeper Peter Shilton and scored by punching the ball into the net.
    He later said the goal came thanks to "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".
    Four minutes later, he scored what has been described as the 'goal of the century' - collecting the ball in his own half before embarking on a bewitching, mazy run that left several players trailing before he rounded Shilton to score.


    The first goal was dubious; the second was a bloody miracle

    Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson
    "You have to say that is magnificent. There is no doubt about that goal. That was just pure football genius," said BBC commentator Barry Davies.
    England pulled one back but Argentina went through, with Maradona saying it was "much more than winning a match, it was about knocking out the English".
    A hero for Napoli - but drugs take hold

    Maradona broke the world transfer record twice - leaving Boca Juniors in his home country for Spanish side Barcelona for 3m in 1982 and joining Italian club Napoli two years later for 5m.
    There were more than 80,000 fans in the Stadio San Paolo when he arrived by helicopter. A new hero.
    He played the best club football of his career in Italy, feted by supporters as he inspired the side to their first league titles in 1987 and 1990 and the Uefa Cup in 1989.
    A party to celebrate the first triumph lasted five days with hundreds of thousands on the streets, but Maradona was suffocated by the attention and expectation.
    "This is a great city but I can hardly breathe. I want to be free to walk around. I'm a lad like any other," he said.
    Maradona became an icon at Napoli, where he scored 81 times in 188 gamesHe became inextricably linked to the Camorra crime syndicate, dragged down by a cocaine addiction and embroiled in a paternity suit.
    After losing 1-0 to Germany in the final of Italia 90, a positive dope test the following year triggered a 15-month ban.
    He returned and arrested his slide, getting his act together to play in the 1994 World Cup in the USA, but alarmed viewers with a maniacal full-face goal celebration into a camera.
    Maradona was withdrawn midway through the tournament after he was found to have taken the banned substance ephedrine.
    Maradona timeline
    1977: Debut for Argentina v Hungary 1991: 15-month ban after positive drugs test
    1982: Joins Napoli after two-year spell with Barcelona 1994: Plays in fourth World Cup but is ejected after positive test
    1986: Wins World Cup with Argentina 1997: Retires from playing after third positive test
    1990: World Cup runner-up with Argentina. Second league title at Napoli 2010: Ends two-year spell as Argentina manager after World Cup quarter-final exit
    Life after retirement

    After his third positive test three years later, he retired from football on his 37th birthday, but continued to be plagued by problems.
    Maradona was given a suspended jail sentence of two years and 10 months for an earlier incident where he shot at journalists with an air rifle.
    His cocaine habit and alcoholism led to several health issues. He put on weight, rising to 128kg (20 stone) at one point, and suffered a major heart attack in 2004, which left him in intensive care.
    He had gastric-bypass surgery to help stem his obesity, and sought sanctuary in Cuba while battling to overcome his drug addiction.
    Maradona visited Cuba and met president Fidel CastroDespite all this, Maradona was named manager of the Argentina national team in 2008 and took the side to the World Cup quarter-finals two years later before his reign ended with a 4-0 defeat by Germany in the quarter-finals.
    Various managerial roles followed for a figure who continued to divide opinion, and continued to make headlines.
    He needed reconstructive surgery on his lip after one of his pet shar pei dogs bit him, and publicly recognised his son Diego Armando Junior who was born from an extra-marital affair.
    A snapshot of his chaotic lifestyle came when he attended Argentina's match against Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
    He unveiled a banner of himself, danced with a Nigeria fan, prayed to the heavens before the game, wildly celebrated Lionel Messi's opener, fell asleep and gave a double middle finger salute after Argentina's second goal.
    Some reports suggested he needed medical treatment afterwards.
    Disgraceful, inspired, entertaining, great, over the top. Diego Maradona. A life less ordinary.
    Maradona attended Argentina's group games during the 2018 World Cup

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    What would he have been worth in his prime in todays football?

    200million?

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    Gone to soon, yes, but he did well to get to 60 with the health problems he's had over the years.

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    Helluva a player mind.
    What a goal this was (although we won't forget the other one either).


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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    What a goal this was
    Certainly nice build up play, to say the least, but the actual last touch (the 'shot') has been proven to come from the defender (Terry Butcher?) via video deconstruction.

    Sad to say, an OG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Certainly nice build up play, to say the least, but the actual last touch (the 'shot') has been proven to come from the defender (Terry Butcher?) via video deconstruction.

    Sad to say, an OG.
    Underrated finisher, Terry Butcher.

    If you haven't seen it, this is a good watch.



    I bet Peter Shilton will still be banging on about the handball in the papers tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Underrated finisher, Terry Butcher.


    Amen to that.




    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I bet Peter Shilton will still be banging on about the handball in the papers tomorrow.
    Peter Shilton + around 70 million others

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    Fidel Castro, a friend of Maradona, and George Best, another flawed genius, also died on November 25th.

    Spooky...

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    It was the hand of God. RIP.

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    At least the little fat cvnt couldn’t cheat death. He even blamed that infamous goal on someone else.

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    Any vid of this "hand of God goal"? I thought using hands are forbidden in football? (or am I mistaken)

    Wow, 128 kg at 5'5" - that's obese! He really must have let go at that time.

    Looking at the vid posted in this thread, he didn't seem much shorter than his teammates. He was before "my time" but I've heard of him.

    RIP Diego...

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    Here yer go, Katie.


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    ^thanks, hal.

    I've watched it, and it's unclear if the goal was made by his head or hand. I've googled and Diego confessed in later years that it was his hand, and he knew it was illegal. Still a great (and colorful) player though. RIP Diego.

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    60, too soon
    but i imagine his dick and his nasal cavity were nearer to 129 in the amount of use they ahd
    simply the best ever
    and a barrel of laughs

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    Rest in piss

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    Cheat.
    Drug abuser.
    Wife beater.

    Won't be missed.

    RIP Diego Maradona.-127540753_378474659921797_2500728289818321180_n-jpg

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    RIP Diego Maradona.-maradonna-jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I've watched it, and it's unclear if the goal was made by his head or hand
    Fuck a duck! Are you blind?

    Explain the offside rule to us then Katie

    Good riddance to the fuckin daygo

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    ^I watched from phone, so it wasn't clear. The resolution also wasn't good.

    Don't know much/ have forgotten the rules about football/ soccer. But I remember that using your hand is illegal - you can use head, knees, feet, torso, etc. I played it in one of my required PE classes many years ago, but I don't really follow any team or world cup FIFA stuff. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I remember that using your hand is illegal
    Not if you're a goalkeeper

    Ahay

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    Don't worry Katie, he's just bitter. Anyone with eyes can see why it's an unknown mystery that Maradona has taken to the grave. I for one reckon it was the goalkeeper's hand you can see hit the ball. The goalkeeper is allowed to use his hand but is not recommended to punch it into the back of his own net.

    Don't worry about the pictures like the one I posted. If that pic was real the goalkeeper must have came down from above by climbing down a beanstalk.

    Glad I cleared that up for you.
    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    @dill - yes I know that the goalie can touch the ball, pick it up, throw or kick it to his team members.

    Seems the Poms here are still bitter over the Falkland/ Malvinas issue. I've just watched Season 4 of The Crown.

    @dirk - thanks!

    Cheers all!

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