The “Hand of God” and the living legend of Napoli and the Argentinian International football team is a football icon for millions of fans. The player boasts an astonishing career leading his international team to the FIFA World Cup victory in 1986.
He played like for several top clubs including Barcelona. However, Napoli appeared to be his home for many years. He led his team to numerous Seria A titles and scored 115 goals. Marek Hamsik is yet the only player who managed to equal the result of the glorious Diego.
After so many years on and away from the pitch, (Maradona tried himself as the Argentinian international team manager) let’s have a short flashback. Who is Diego Maradona? What is Maradona age? How many children does he have? Is he married or not? There are so many questions still to answer. So, let’s get started!
How Old is Maradona?
Hailing from Buenos Aires, Diego Armando was born on October 30, 1960. He is 58 years old. He managed to win numerous trophies throughout his long career. Maradona led several teams to the victory in local championships (Argentina and Italy). Moreover, he ensured the award-winning victory of the Argentinian international team in the FIFA 1968 final.
Maradona was married once. He was accused of taking drugs during his career and after retiring. The player was forced to complete the rehab program. He has children and tries to stay involved in football as far as he can.
Diego Maradona Childhood
The future football icon was born 58 years ago in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent his childhood in the province of the capital called Villa Fiorito. He had seven brothers and sisters. Although the family was rather poor and actually lived from hand to mouth, it was close-knit household.
At the age of three, the Hand of God got his first ball and started playing on the streets with his mates from the borough. At the age of 10, Diego got his chance to join Los Cebollitas youth team. It was one of the most popular and recognizable Argentinian clubs by that time. Maradona overwhelmed spectators and coaches with his incredible skills from the start. It helped him make a professional debut in the senior team at the age of 16.
Diego Maradona Professional Career
The Argentinian football legend made a name for himself as a fearless and skillful midfielder. He was able to create a scoring opportunity from nothing. Diego has always been a team player able to assist if the partner was in a potentially better scoring situation.
The FIFA World Cup 1986 appeared to be the turning point in his career. Maradona scored twice including his legendary goal in the quarterfinals against England. The Hand of God has turned into a signature and moniker for the award-winning player.
Diego Armando boasts a great record of accomplishment of playing in World Cups featuring 91 international appearances with 31 goals in four different world cups. He played for Barca but did not gain much success from there. Moving to Seria A was a wise decision for the Argentinian player. He scored 115 goals for his team and retired in 1997 at the age of 37. He suffered from multiple injuries and decreasing shape because of taking drugs.
Maradona Life off the Pitch
The player has always been quite a controversial figure. While performing amazing skills on the pitch, he was involved in numerous scandals for taking drugs. In 2000, he had his first heart attack and was forced to complete the treatment course. The same thing happened in 2004. Moreover, the player had to fight with obesity. For this reason, he was involved in the gastric surgery.
Despite all conflicts and health problems, Maradona was about to win the title of the best player in the 20th century. Unfortunately for his fans, Diego was forced to share the prize with Pele but refused to stay on stage with the legendary Brazilian.
In the year 2008, Diego Armando tried himself as the Argentinian international team manager during the FIFA World Cup in 2010. However, the effort appeared to be an epic failure after the 4-0 defeat against Germany. Not even Messi could help his mates.
Despite all rumors, scandals, health problems and failures, Maradona is still the living legend for millions of fans around the globe. He is the Argentinian hero.
Maradona Family, Wife and Children
The success on the pitch was replaced by failures in his personal life. Maradona was married once between 1986 and 2003. His ex-wife’s name is Claudia Villafane. Later Maradona proposed to a 23-year old model Rocio Olivia but was rejected.
The player has five children. The last one whose name is Diego Sinagra was not recognized by Diego for a long time. However, the living legend accepted Sinagra as a son who was born by a woman from Naples. She was rumored to have some affairs with Maradona. His current family consists of two daughters from his first marriage as well as a young son Diego Fernando and a younger daughter Jana.