October 10, 2009
Diego Maradona - Also Known As Diego Armando Maradona

NOTICIAS-ARGENTINA-POLITICA-MARADONA-AORBorn: 30-Oct-1960
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Soccer, Talk Show Host
Nationality: Argentina
Executive summary: Led Argentina to 1986 World Cup Final

Elected the greatest FIFA soccer player of the 20th century (an honor he shares with PelĂ©), Diego Armando Maradona was born in 1960 in a slum outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. He quickly rose to prominence in the Argentinian soccer leagues, and became a major star. But it wasn’t until the 1986 World Cup match against that Maradona became a national hero. During the second half of the quarter-final match against England, the Argentinian scored what would become known as the infamous “Hand of God” goal. 114,580 spectators plainly witnessed Maradona use his left hand to toss the ball into the net, but none of the referees claimed to notice. In the end, Argentina beat England 2-1.

Maradona was banned from the sport for 12 months after testing positive for cocaine in 1991. He was banned for another 15 months after testing positive for ephedrine during the 1994 World Cup. He tested positive for drugs yet again in 1997, resulting in another suspension. Eventually, Maradona was forced by obesity to retire from the sport, and joined the cast of a weekly Italian TV talk show, Biscardivenerdi, which has a huge following in Latin America.

In 2000, Maradona suffered a severe heart attack triggered by a cocaine overdose. Fidel Castro, a fan of Maradona, invited him to undergo detox in Cuba. After that, Maradona told the world he’d kicked his coke habit. In 2004, Maradona suffered another severe heart attack triggered by another cocaine overdose, and woke up in intensive care in a Buenos Aires hospital. His survival was in doubt, and it made headlines worldwide when his respirator was disconnected and Maradona continued breathing on his own. At present, Maradona looks more like an average fat guy than a World Cup athlete, and sports tattoos of Che Guevara on his right shoulder and Castro on his left leg. He has accused his longtime agent, Guillermo Coppola, of swindling him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties and other fees.

Wife: Claudia Villafane
Daughter: Dalma (b. Apr-1987)
Daughter: Giannina
Mistress: Christiana Sinagra
Son: Diego Armando, Jr. (illegitimate) — www.nndb.com

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