During his professional club career, Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Boca Juniors, Newell’s Old Boys, and Sevilla, setting world-record contract fees. In his international career, he played for Argentina, earned 91 caps, and scored 34 goals.
Maradona played in 4 FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 one, where he captained the Argentina national team, led them to their victory over West Germany in the final, became the tournament’s best player, and won the Golden Ball award. In the quarterfinal round of that tournament, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England and entered the history of football, though for two different reasons. The first goal was through an unpenalized handball known as the “Hand of God” and the second one, which was voted “The Goal of the Century”, was a remarkable 60 m effort that involved dribbling past six England players.
Maradona is considered as one of the most controversial and newsworthy figures in the history of football. In 1991, he was suspended from football for 15 months after failing a drug test, for cocaine, in Italy. In 1994, he was sent home from the World Cup in the USA after testing positive for ephedrine. After retiring from playing on his 37th birthday in 1997, he gained weight, suffered ill health and the effects of cocaine use.
In 2005, he overcame his cocaine addiction after a stomach stapling operation helped control his weight gain. His outspoken manners have sometimes put him at odds with journalists and sports executives. In Nov 2008, despite having little managerial experience, he was head coach of the Argentina national team until his contract expired after the 2010 World Cup.
In spite of losing in the quarterfinals, Diego Maradona was a larger than life figure on the touchline. He displayed a great rapore with his players, such as the new star Lionel Messi.
- 1976–1981 Argentinos Juniors 167 appearances (115 goals)
- 1981–1982 Boca Juniors 40 (28)
- 1982–1984 Barcelona 36 (22)
- 1984–1991 Napoli 188 (81)
- 1992–1993 Sevilla 26 (5)
- 1993–1994 Newell’s Old Boys 7 (0)
- 1995–1997 Boca Juniors 30 (7)
- Total 494 (258)
1977–1994 Argentina 91 Appearances (34 goals)