Argentina's most famous footballing son has led an eventful life, the latest chapter of which has seen him take on the Albiceleste job. From the cradle to one of the most demanding posts in international football, FIFA.com charts the life and times of the man they call El Diez.
The third of seven children, Maradona is born in a hospital in Lanus (a southern suburb of Buenos Aires) to Diego Maradona and Dalma Franco (better known as Dona Tota).
Makes his Argentinian first division debut in Argentinos Juniors's 1-0 defeat to Talleres of Cordoba.
Wins first international cap, coming on for Leopoldo Luque in a 5-1 friendly win over Hungary.
Crowns a dazzling tournament as Argentina win the FIFA World Youth Championship Japan 1979. Collects the adidas Golden Ball and also wins the adidas Silver Shoe for his six goals.
Unveiled in front of 80,000 fans at the Stadio Sao Paolo after joining Napoli from Barcelona. Galvanises the team and revolutionises the city as Napoli win two league titles, the UEFA Cup and the Italian Cup and Super Cup.
Captains Argentina to success at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™. Scores five goals to claim the adidas Silver Shoe. His second against England is still considered the greatest FIFA World Cup goal of all time.
Appearing at his fourth FIFA World Cup finals, he plays his last official match for Argentina in the 2-1 defeat of Nigeria in Boston. After the game he fails a drugs test and is sent home.
Plays his last professional match, coming off at half-time in the superclásico against River Plate at the Estadio Monumental to be replaced by Boca Juniors team-mate Juan Roman Riquelme. Announces his retirement five days later.
Joined by Roberto Ayala, Juan Sebastian Veron, Javier Zanetti, Enzo Francescoli, Eric Cantona, Davor Suker, Carlos Valderrama, Hristo Stoichkov and others, Maradona plays his farewell match front of over 50,000 fans at the Bombonera.
Fourteen years on from his last match in the No10 shirt that catapulted him to glory, news breaks of Maradona's appointment as Argentina coach.