It doesn’t matter if you are a casual football fan or a hard-core football fan, you must have heard of Maradona. He is often regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever played the game of Football. After finishing his legendary career as a professional footballer, he has taken up jobs as a Football manager and as a coach. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. He was an amazing talent due to which he was given the nickname of “El Pibe de Oro,” which is Spanish for “The Golden Boy.”
Maybe you know about Maradona very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2021? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Maradona’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.
Early Life & Biography
Maradona’s full name is Diego Armando Maradona. He was born on 30 October 1960 to parents Diego Maradona “Chitoro” (d. 2015) and Dalma Salvadora Franco ‘Doña Tota’ (d. 2011) at the Policlínico Evita Hospital in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province. He has five sisters (Rita Maradona, Elsa Maradona, Maria Rosa Maradona, Ana Maria Maradona, and Claudia Maradona) and two brothers (Hugo Maradona and Raúl Maradona).
At the age of 8, he was playing for his neighborhood club Estrella Roja and one fine day, and a talent scout spotted him. He has also played for Los Cebollitas at the age of 10, which is a junior team of Buenos Aires’s Argentinos Juniors, and as a 12-year old kid, he used to entertain the spectators by showing his skill with the ball during the halftime intermissions of the first division games.
On 7 November 1984, Maradona married Claudia Villafañe in Buenos Aires. Claudia gave to daughters Dalma Nerea on 2nd April 1987 and Gianinna Dinorah on 16 May 1989. However, after 19 years of marriage, they divorced in 2004. However, they remained on good terms even after they divorced.
One interesting revelation that was made during the divorce proceedings was that Maradona accepted to being a father to Diego Sinagra. Diego Sinagra was born on 20th September 1986 in Naples, Italy, due to an extramarital affair between Maradona and Cristiana Sinagra, while Maradona was still married to Claudia. He has dated Rocio Oliva and even got engaged with her, but they broke up years later.
Maradona has well-documented problems with drug abuse and mental health. In the period between 1983 and 2004, he was addicted to cocaine. At one point in his life, he was so addicted that it began to cause a problem with his playing ability. Besides, he tends to put on weight and has suffered from obesity.
At one point in his life, he weighed 130 Kg. He was obese at the end of his career and remained so until he went through a gastric bypass surgery on 6 March 2005 in a clinic in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Even after going through the surgery, he would follow a liquid diet for the next three months to return to his usual weight.
On the 29th March of 2007, he was admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires, where he was to be treated for hepatitis and the effects of alcohol abuse. He was then transferred to a psychiatric clinic, which specializes in solving alcohol-related issues. He was then finally released on 7th May. He once again went through a surgery in January of 2019, after a hernia had caused internal bleeding in his stomach.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 30 October 1960, Maradona is 60 years old as of today’s date 4th February 2021. His height is 1.65 m tall, and his weight is 76 kg.
Maradona used to play as a mid-fielder and is widely known for his ability to create chances, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills. He made his professional debut on 20 October 1976 for Argentinos Juniors at the age of 15. With that, he became the youngest player in the history of the Argentine Primera Division. He spent five years at the Argentinos Juniors until 1981 and scored 115 goals in 167 matches for the team. He was then transferred to Boca Juniors at a fee of US$ 4 Million.
He was then transferred to Barcelona for a then-record fee of US$ 7.6 Million after the conclusion of the 1982 World Cup, in June. He gave some amazing performances for Barcelona, but his time there was filled with illness, injury, and controversial incidents as well. He was then transferred to Napoli in Italy’s Serie A for a then-record fee of $US 10.48 Million.
Under the leadership of Maradona, the Napoli team went on to win their 1st ever Serie A Italian Championship in 1986-87. The team then went on to win the UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Supercup in 1990. He was the top scorer in Serie A in 1987-88 with 15 goals. He was also the all-time top scorer for Napoli, with 115 goals until 2017. Besides, he has also played for teams like Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys.
Although Maradona has played in 4 World Cup’s, namely, 1982, 1986, 1990, and 1994, it was his performances and leadership in the 1986 World Cup that made Argentina, The World Champs. In his 91 matches that he played for the Argentina National Team, he scored 34 goals. He announced his retirement in 1997, on the eve of his birthday. Maradona was hired to coach the Argentinean National Team in 2008, but the team couldn’t turn up amazing performances in the 2010 World Cup, and Maradona’s contract was not renewed.
Awards & Achievements
Maradona has several awards and achievements to his name. Some of them are mentioned below:
- He was the winner of the FIFA Golden Ball in 1986
- He was the winner of Milliyet Sports Award for World Athlete of the Year in 1987
- He was the captain of the Argentinean National Team that won the world cup in 1986
- He was the joint winner of the FIFA Player of the Century award along with the Brazilian legend Pelé.
- He was a part of Argentinean National Team that won the U-20 World Cup in 1979
Net Worth & Salary of Maradona in 2021
As of February 2021, Maradona has gathered a net worth of $200 thousand. He has made most of his earnings by being a world-class professional football player. He has set the record for transfer fees twice, but despite that, his net worth isn’t as high as many thought it would be. In 2009, it was reported that Maradona owes €37 Million in local taxes. In the past, he has endorsed brands like PUMA and Hublot,, which has only added to his net worth.
Diego Maradona will undoubtedly remain one of the greatest players of all time. He has been amazing on the field but has been equally controversial off the field. One lesson which we can all take from his life is that one should handle the good times with just as much caution as one takes in the bad times. Here’s wishing him the best of luck for all his future endeavors.