Diego Maradona: images of a unique career

26 Nov 2020
  • Diego Maradona has died from a cardiac arrest aged 60

  • The world of football is mourning the loss of the Argentinian star

  • We look back at some iconic photos from his international and club career

Over the course of his career, Diego Maradona won 11 titles as a player, including two with Argentina: the FIFA World Youth Championship Japan 1979 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™. He also lifted five trophies with Italy’s Napoli, among them two Scudetti and the UEFA Cup. Completing the list are the 1981 Argentinian Championship with Boca Juniors and the three titles he won while at Barcelona.

But Maradona's career was less about his silverware than his magical performances on the pitch, both with La Albiceleste and the clubs he represented.

In the colours of Argentina, Maradona left his mark as a player in four editions: Spain 1982, when he was still forging his career; Mexico 1986, a tournament that made him a global sensation thanks to performances like that against England; Italy 1990, where only West Germany prevented him from retaining the world title; and finally USA 1994. As a coach, Maradona would once again indulge his love for the tournament by leading Leo Messi and Co at South Africa 2010. You can enjoy some of his most iconic images from the World Cup in this gallery.

Diego Maradona and the World Cup

Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina smiles before the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Greece and Argentina at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Paul Gilham - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina celebrates during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 17: Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina celebrates during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and South Korea at Soccer City Stadium on June 17, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Idol in Europe and Argentina

At club level, El Pibe de Oro played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors – over two spells – Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys, always leaving his mark and earning the adulation of the fans. In this gallery, we’ve collected some of his finest moments.

Diego Maradona and his clubs

Napoli captain Diego Maradona celebrates with supporters at the end of the match.

Football, UEFA Cup Final, Second Leg, Naples, Italy, 17th May 1989, Napoli 2 v VfB Stuttgart 1 (Napoli win 5-4 on aggregate), Napoli captain Diego Maradona celebrates with supporters at the end of the match (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona