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Maradona a genius on the soccer field

By The Assam Tribune

MEXICO CITY, Nov 26: On the soccer field, he was considered as a genius. Outside, he was a character known practically everywhere, by everybody.

Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60, started his story as a player in the Villa Fiorito neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and over the decades he became a soccer great.

He debuted with Argentinos Juniors and then jumped to the mythical Boca Juniors, where in 1981 he got his first title as a professional soccer player. Then, it was off to Europe, and his legend began.

He won three titles with the Barcelona club, becoming a world soccer figure. But Maradona won a place as one of the all-time greats when he led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title in Mexico, where he scored one of the most storied goals in soccer history � the �Hand of God� goal that helped defeat England in a quarterfinal match.

Pundits have debated about who was the best soccer player in history � whether Maradona or Pele, the iconic Brazilian who retired in 1977 and is still alive. There has been no consensus.

Maradona and Pele had a very good relationship until the Argentine failed a doping test and was expelled from the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Pele criticised him and they parted ways until 2005, when they re-established a relationship. � AP

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Maradona a genius on the soccer field

MEXICO CITY, Nov 26: On the soccer field, he was considered as a genius. Outside, he was a character known practically everywhere, by everybody.

Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60, started his story as a player in the Villa Fiorito neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and over the decades he became a soccer great.

He debuted with Argentinos Juniors and then jumped to the mythical Boca Juniors, where in 1981 he got his first title as a professional soccer player. Then, it was off to Europe, and his legend began.

He won three titles with the Barcelona club, becoming a world soccer figure. But Maradona won a place as one of the all-time greats when he led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title in Mexico, where he scored one of the most storied goals in soccer history � the �Hand of God� goal that helped defeat England in a quarterfinal match.

Pundits have debated about who was the best soccer player in history � whether Maradona or Pele, the iconic Brazilian who retired in 1977 and is still alive. There has been no consensus.

Maradona and Pele had a very good relationship until the Argentine failed a doping test and was expelled from the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Pele criticised him and they parted ways until 2005, when they re-established a relationship. � AP

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