One of football’s greatest ever players, Diego Maradona died on Wednesday.
He aged of a heart attack 26 days after celebrating his 60th birthday on October 30.
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As one of those who made the made impacts in his chosen career, the late Gimnasia coach is loved by many across the globe.
The Herald brings to you, our esteemed readers, five quick facts about the football legend. While some of these facts are well-known, some are hidden from public consciousness.
- Hand of God: Diego Maradona created one of the most controversial moments in football when he appeared to score a goal with his hand in the quarterfinal of the 1986 World Cup against England. Argentina, which won the game 2-1 thanks to the star, went on to win the highly-coveted mundial. He also won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
- Goal of the Century: The second goal he scored against England in that World Cup was as memorable as the first. The goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players and was voted “Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.
- Player of the Century: He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. The other is Brazilian legend Pele.
- Golden Boy: Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.
- Most expensive player: Maradona was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then-world record £5 million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9 million.