While the sudden exit of Diego Maradona is hard to swallow for many, the indelible marks left by the Argentine on the round leather game will linger on for many years to come.
As the world mourns the exit of one of the greatest football players ever, FCNaija makes a selection of 10 of the amazing feats recorded by Maradona
1- Maradona scored with his hand against England in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup and that brought about the infamous ‘Hand of god’
2- Maradona was skipper for Argentina sixteen times – this is the world record for the most appearances as skipper for a country at the World Cup .
3-Maradona holds the record for enduring the most number of fouls during the 1986 World Cup with 53 times.
4 -He additionally holds the record for the most number of fouls endured in one match, in 1982 against Italy where they fouled him 23 times.
5- Maradona was only 15 when he started his professional career, making his debut for Argentinos Juniors on March
6 – He represented his country, Argentina 91 times (though to his opponents it must have seemed much more than that).
7 – During that time he scored 34 goals for Argentina.
8 – He represented Argentina in four World Cups, 82, 86, 90 and 94.
9 – He played for Boca Juniors, being instrumental in their rise to the League Championship in 1982 before he moved to Barcelona.
10 – In 1985 he left Barcelona for Napoli where he contributed greatly to their winning two Series A titles – their only such title to date