"When Diego came to Argentinos Juniors for trials, I was really struck by his talent and couldn't believe he was only eight years old. In fact, we asked him for his ID card so we could check it, but he told us he didn't have it on him. We were sure he was having us on because, although he had the physique of a child, he played like an adult. When we discovered he'd been telling us the truth, we decided to devote ourselves purely to him."
Francisco Cornejo, the youth coach who discovered Diego Maradona

"Diego was capable of things no one else could match. The things I could do with a football, he could do with an orange."
Michel Platini, captain of France at Mexico 1986

"When Diego scored that second goal against us, I felt like applauding. I'd never felt like that before, but it's true... and not just because it was such an important game. It was impossible to score such a beautiful goal. He's the greatest player of all time, by a long way. A genuine phenomenon."
Gary Lineker, England striker at Mexico 1986

"And to think that before the World Cup people criticised me, saying Maradona wasn't qualified to be captain and that he still had to prove himself. One month later he completely dominated the tournament. It was a huge step for him in terms of fame, and a great reward for his work."
Carlos Bilardo, Argentina coach Mexico 1986

"Diego is someone many people want to imitate - a controversial figure, both loved and loathed, and someone who provokes huge debate, especially in Argentina. In Mexico (in 1986), we had to stop him from training, otherwise he would have been at it day and night. Bilardo wouldn't let him, as he said the altitude would take too much out of him. So the only conflict we had with Diego at that World Cup was with him wanting to do extra training."
Jorge Valdano, Maradona's team-mate at Mexico 1986

"Diego was an example to everyone, not just in terms of his quality, but also for his commitment. He was the first to tackle and dive in when we lost possession, so how could we not do the same? He was contagious. When it came to his play, however, trying to imitate him was impossible."
Hector Enrique, Maradona's team-mate at Mexico 1986