Maradona Leaves Powerful Impact on the World and Woodson

December 20, 2020

Maradona’s story

El Pelusa. Cósmico. El Cebollita. D10S. Dieguito. El Pibe de Oro. These were a few of Diego Armando Maradona’s nicknames. 

The Argentine soccer legend died on November 25. Known as one of the greatest soccer players, Maradona’s death left fans devastated and mourning worldwide. He was loved and admired by fans across the globe and changed the game for everyone through his creative goals and techniques.

Early on in his career, Maradona accomplished remarkable feats. He joined his first professional team at the age of 16, with the Argentinos Juniors. A few months later, the “Golden Boy” would become Argentina’s youngest player to debut on a national team. Within the next year, Maradona would lead his team to a Junior World Cup championship.

By 1982, he joined the world stage at FC Barcelona. In 1983, Maradona’s team won the Spanish Cup. After two years with the team, the late soccer player joined SSC Napoli where he would spend the next seven years of his career. During his time with the team, they won the cup in 1987 as well as the league title in 1987 and 1990. The team reached its peak with the help of Maradona, which was arguably one of his greatest successes.

Maradona winning the 1986 world cup for Argentina. Photo courtesy of Archivo El Grafico / Getty.

Some of the superstar’s other memorable moments came from this time with the Argentine national team. Maradona appeared in four World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, and 1994), of which his team won one (1986). It was at this game that the famous “Hand of God” goal was made. The infamous goal mishap was where the referee thought the ball had struck his head, when it actually hit his hand. The referee ended up allowing the goal to count, leaving fans on both sides in shock.

While Maradona thrived as an athlete, he struggled with hardships in his personal life. In 1991, after being arrested for drug possession in Argentina, Maradona was suspended from soccer for 15 months. Following this, Maradona played for Spain’s Sevilla and Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys. He then returned to Boca Juniors, where he finished his career. 

Although he is generally known for his success as a player, Maradona’s ability to create unique scoring opportunities and his control on a soccer ball was what made him stand out.

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Photo courtesy of Bryan Gama.

Bryan Gama

An avid player since 7 years old, Bryan Gama has been involved in the soccer world for the majority of his life. Growing up watching Maradona, he was immediately attracted to Maradona’s effortless evasion of world-class defenders. A defender himself, Bryan has studied Maradona’s plays to understand how to play against players like him, in awe of his swift and skillful play style.

Like many other players around the world, Bryan has been inspired by Maradona and regards him as “one of the best players to ever lace up a pair of soccer cleats.” 

In addition to his double Scudetto win, Bryan’s favorite Maradona moment is the infamous “Hand of God” goal. In a cheeky, disguised move against England, Maradona pushed the ball into the net with his hand, earning him infamy for his unique plays. 

A creative genius, “Maradona’s ability to change the course of a game in an instant has left an eternal legacy on the world of soccer,” Bryan says.

 

Photo courtesy of Yonas Amha.

Yonas Amha

A player for the Alexandria Soccer Association 2002 red with 14 years experience, Yonas gathered inspiration from Maradona’s unmatched flow with the ball and control. Emulating his technique, Yonas improved in all aspects of his game after carefully studying Maradona. 

A beloved figure in Argentina and beyond, Maradona amazed people with his talent and should be remembered as “one of the most gifted footballers of all time,” says Yonas. 

 

Photo courtesy of Iraan Hemphill.

Iraan Hemphill

Playing since he was a toddler, Iraan has long been inspired by legends like Maradona. Through his unmatched skill and smart plays, Maradona left a lasting impression on how Iraan trains and plays on the field. Saddened by his passing, he hopes his legacy continues to inspire not just young athletes, but the world in what he was able to accomplish. In awe of Maradona’s drive and determination, Iraan aims to adopt the unwavering commitment Maradona had to his sport.

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