Happy Birthday, El Pibe de Oro!

Happy birthday to one of the greatest footballers of all times, Diego Maradona, who turns 56 today. His talent was there for all to see, as he made his international debut for Argentina when he was just 16 years old. He has played for BarcelonaSevillaNapoli and Boca Juniors among others. He was also the manager of the national team of Argentina from November 2008 to July 2010.

Such was his greatness that he has also been applauded by rival fans. His height (5 feet 5 inches) gave him a low center of gravity, which allowed him to be more maneuverable than most others. His mastery of the ball was such that it gave the impression of the football being tied to his boots. Not only was he a great striker, his play-making expertise arose from his exceptional vision, passing, ball control, dribbling skills, speed, reflexes and reaction time.

He has had a fair share of controversies too, right from head-butting/elbowing/kneeing others players, his cocaine use, to the infamous 'Hand of God' goal. In the 1982 World Cup quarter-final match against England, Argentina won 2-1 after a controversial goal was scored by Maradona with his hand. In the same match, Maradona’s second goal was voted as the 'Goal of the Century' – he received the ball in his own half and dribbled passed five English players, covering more than half of the ground to score the goal. Too much for just one game, isn't it? His performance in that World Cup was so dominant, that he single-handedly led Argentina to World Cup victory. He scored or assisted 10 of the 14 goals scored and earned 53 free kicks, twice more than any other player. Today, on his birthday, let's take a look at the legend's skills and goals.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


6 − = zero

More in Other Sports

  • The Many Resurgences of Roger Federer

    Roger Federer has spent more than half his life as a professional tennis player on the ATP tour. In August this...

    Rahul DesaiMarch 23, 2017
  • The Sports Week That Was and Will Be

    While a bunch of Oscar-nominated contenders make their way into Indian screens on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards –...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 24, 2017
  • Neymar – The Modern Pele?

    Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, simply known as Neymar, has taken the football world by storm ever since he made his...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Truly the Greatest

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a name everyone is aware of, whether they follow football or not. He just cannot be ignored, the superstar...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017
  • Because of Roger Federer

    14 years ago, new to the big city, still in a state of culture shock, I made my way to my...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 30, 2017
  • Jose Mourinho v Brendan Rodgers

    Two big names in the world of football, are managers Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers. We wish the two "gaffers" a very happy birthday today, as Jose turns...

    Dharm PatelJanuary 26, 2017
  • A Beast Named Luis Suarez

    If you're a football fanatic you certainly know of a half-man, half-beast who goes by the name of Luis Suarez. We wish the footballer a...

    Dharm PatelJanuary 24, 2017
  • Australian Open 2017: Djoker No More

    One of the most dominating streaks in individual sport over the last decade – that of Novak Djokovic’s hold over tennis’s...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 19, 2017
  • Weekly Roundup: The Week That Was

    On the first “serious” movie week of the year, three films – two Indian, one major Hollywood franchise flick – release...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 13, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2016 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup