Diego Armando Maradona was born on Sunday October 30th, 1960 in Lanùs, Argentina and this day sounds like an omen for the Pibe de Oro fans. He would go down in history as the brightest player, only 1.65 tall. Maradona was the third of seven children, born to Don Diego and Dona Dalma; his family has Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Native American origins. Maradona grew up on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. From 1989 to 2004, he was married to Claudia Villafane. The couple had 2 children, Dalma Nerea and Giannina. Maradona in his biography told of having some children also from other women. His last partner was Rocio Oliva who left el Pibe de Oro in 2019.
In addition to the Italian club Napoli, where he played from 1984 to 1991 in 188 games and scored 81 goals, Diego played in Argentina Juniors, a team where he made his debut in 1970 (youth) and in 1976 in the first team, then moving on to Boca Juniors, Barcelona and after that Naples, again Seville, Newelles Old Boys and finally back to Boca where in 1997 he ended his career.
It is practically impossible to explain with words what Diego meant and still means for Naples. Maradona arrived in Naples in 1984, on the day of his presentation on July 5th at 6.30 pm. The San Paolo stadium which today bears his name was packed with Neapolitan fans.
San Paolo Stadium
Maradona was loved by all Neapolitans. Naples needed someone who could take the team to the top of Italian and World football. Its social importance was enormous: no southern team had ever won a title and Napoli was the first team to beat rich northern clubs such as Juventus, Milan and Inter. Diego had an enormous success and influence in the society; many people who lived in conditions of poverty found in him a way not to think about the harsh reality.
Maradona was found everywhere in the city. Maradona loved Naples and the Neapolitans often adored him, some people considered him more important than San Gennaro.
Diego dragged the blue to the victory of two league titles, an Italian Cup, a Super Cup and a UEFA Cup. In 1986 he won the World Cup with Argentina where he scored the best goal in football history against England in the quarterfinals, starting from midfield and drifting almost all over England.