Future Watch Special Edition: Diego Maradona Soccer Cards, Argentina – One of my biggest “sports regrets” is that I ignored soccer until the 1994 World Cup came here to the United States. Then I was hooked and have been ever since. Along with my love of soccer is my love of history. So, once I dove into the beautiful game I realized I wanted to know more about its history.
You cannot learn soccer history without learning about Diego Maradona. The Argentine was simply the most electric player on the ball the game has ever known. Not tall (5’5”) but powerful and magnetic with the football on his beyond-this-world class left foot, Maradona played with a joy and passion and with a fire to win. He is known even to those who are not fans of soccer, in part due to his play on a goal against England in the 1986 World Cup, famously known as “The Hand of God”.
But it his “other” goal against England that came just minutes later in that match that was true Maradona magic. If you have never seen it, please do yourself a favor and find it immediately. Maradona dribbled through what felt and looked (though mathematically impossible) like dozens of opponents en route to a superb touch finish into the back of the net while fighting off a tackle. Pure class! Argentina went on to win that World Cup with the dominant Maradona winning the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player.
He also had great success on the club level, none more than at Italian side Napoli. Maradona transformed them into a powerhouse and two-time Italian champions. He also led them to a UEFA Cup title.
Diego Maradona died recently at the age of 60. He was without question one of the greatest footballers in history. If you wanted to tell me he is the greatest, I will not tell you that you are wrong.
Two things I wish when it comes to sports…I wish I fell in love with soccer early enough to really watch Maradona at the height of his powers every week. I also wish I could see him play one more time.
Future Watch Special Edition: Diego Maradona Soccer Cards, Argentina – Stats
|Playing Time||Performance||Per 90 Minutes|
|1988-1989||27||Napoli||it ITA||1. Serie A||2nd||26||24||2,167||9||1||1||0||0.37||0.33||Matches|
|1989-1990||28||Napoli||it ITA||1. Serie A||1st||28||26||2,380||16||7||2||0||0.61||0.34||Matches|
|1990-1991||29||Napoli||it ITA||1. Serie A||8th||18||18||1,581||6||6||2||0||0.34||0.00||Matches|
|1992-1993||31||Sevilla||es ESP||1. La Liga||7th||26||26||2,229||5||2||6||2||0.20||0.12||Matches|
|4 Seasons||2 Clubs||2 Leagues||98||94||8,357||36||16||11||2||0.39||0.22|
|Napoli (3 Seasons)||1 League||72||68||6,128||31||14||5||0||0.46||0.25|
|Sevilla (1 Season)||1 League||26||26||2,229||5||2||6||2||0.20||0.12|
|Serie A (3 Seasons)||72||68||6,128||31||14||5||0||0.46||0.25|
|La Liga (1 Season)||26||26||2,229||5||2||6||2||0.20||0.12|
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