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Diego Maradona, Argentine football great, 1960-2020 – Financial Times

Supreme player who led his country to victory at 1986 World Cup in a tumultuous life on and off the pitch



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Diego Maradona, all 1.65 metres of him, played with the joy of the individual beating the system. The most charismatic and unprofessional of the great footballers, he was also the only one to win a World Cup almost single-handed, with a second-rate Argentine team in Mexico in 1986.
Born in 1960, he grew up outside Buenos Aires in a shack without running water where pictures of Juan and Eva Perón adorned the walls. He shared a room with seven siblings and once survived a fall into an open cesspit….

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