Born: October 30, 1960, Buenos Aires Argentina | Successful For: Soccer Legend | Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Inner Keys to Success:
- THROUGH ADVERSITY, STAND TALL AND BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE: One of the most outspoken figures in history, Diego Maradona was and never is afraid to say exactly what is on his mind. He is considered one of the most controversial and newsworthy athletes and was suspended from football in 91’ after failing a drug test, he was sent home in 94’ after testing positive again. However, in 2005, he lost weight and remarkably overcame his cocaine addiction. In the game, Maradona had an extraordinary resistance, his opponents gave him kicks and he kept having the ball and continued running. When in the difficult moments of a game, when the pressure was on, he would take the entire team into his hands and would take it beyond the obstacles to accomplish the impossible. All because of his iron will and mental strength to fight through to the finish. Reportedly, in 88’ Maradona rejected 100 million dollars from the North American industrialist’s to promote soccer in the US, Diego apparently told his coach regarding his home nation “The nationality is a feeling and the feelings have no price “. Bold and true to himself and his country as usual. In a press conference in the 2010 World Cup, Maradona jumped over the barrier to embrace former Napoli team-mate Salvatore Bagni. Following the greeting, Bagni said: “Even knowing him as I have done all these years, Diego always does something to surprise you.” Diego was a man who never hid and always played just for playing, without caring what somebody might have said, and the success was surmountable because of it.
- ENJOY YOUR PASSION AND WORK TOWARDS YOUR DESTINY: He was given his first soccer ball by his cousin on his third birthday and slept with the ball that night. By the age of nine, he had learned to play the game he had always dreamed about. He practiced often and came to the attention of a coach for “Little Onions” who claimed to ask Diego for his ID card because he had unbelievable talent for an 8 yr old “Although he had the physique of a child, he played like an adult. When we discovered he’d been telling us the truth, we decided to devote ourselves purely to him.” His skills were appreciated by the audience who enjoyed seeing a small kid run past taller kids with complete ease. At 15, he got a chance to make his professional debut with Argentinos Juniors. “I worked hard all my life for this. Those who say I don’t deserve anything, that it all came easy, can kiss my ass.” Aside from passion for the game, he had a desire to always beat the odds and carry a team on his shoulders. He almost always played in weaker teams and clubs, he guided a heritage that led Argentinos Juniors to the finals verses Juventus. He went to Italy and led Napoli to the top in Europe. And he made all of this alone, he never played with strong teammates but he always played for the other ten. A go-giver too, Maradona raised $500,000 for charity in Moscow, he supports UNICEF and he even helps in China with his charity programs. “It’s a significant part of my life, being a person in China to help people who are suffering from cancer, I’m proud of my special role here.” Mardona lives and breathes passion, whether playing, coaching, inspiring the next (Lionel Messi), hosting his own shows or supporting charities, he brings it.
- BE TOUGH AS A ROCK, LET NO ONE BREAK YOU DOWN: Maradona always dreamed of becoming a great soccer star regardless of him being born into a very poor family and raised in a dangerous shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires. In his teenage years, Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors, but before the end of the first season, the team became Maradona’s team, and the stadiums became more crowded with each game until they were always full. His first major disappointment was being cut from Argentina’s 78’ World Cup championship team and in 82, Maradona got his chance to play but was then ejected from the game for a penalty. This never stopped him from continuing to pursue his vision of winning a world cup. Maradona was a true hero, especially for his home country of Argentina. He would go on to be victorious for his goal against England in the quarterfinals of the 86’ championship where he punched the ball in with his hand as it was a sneaky maneuver that went unseen by the referee. It was known as the “Hand of God”. Where others may have been embarrassed, Maradona stood proud and didn’t care “I don’t for a second regret scoring that goal with my hand.” The goal marked the most famous world cup goal of all time. Although his career included plenty of controversy, he never quite lost the public’s affection. Maradona is one who shows us that throughout life’s trials and even hate, you must have a strong respect for yourself. Others will come around, if not, forget them all together.
“The lord helps those who help themselves” – Diego Maradona
A Pure magician and inventor with the ball and a true imaginative creator who made an assist where there was no place to do it. He had a surprising precision, some goals which are just not possible for a simple mortal, but he was genius. He always did the impossible… In 1985, nothing or nobody would prevent Maradona from playing on the national team against Paraguay. And this did not force him to any consequences nor sacrifices. They told him to return to play for Napoli against Udinese, and he actually went back to Italy. He scored a goal for Argentina and the following Sunday he scored twice for Napoli. When the match was over, he showered, took a car, traveled to Trieste to rent a small plane and at 9 pm the same day he was in Fiumicino to take another airline to Buenos Aires again, to play a short while later against Chile. In Italy, his fans could not believe it. And they were shocked and moved by his act of love towards Argentina.
“The difference between the genius and the rich of talent is that the latter makes perfectly the things that are already invented, and the genius invents what does not exist. A rich of talent solves problems that are difficult to be solved and can do it in a brilliant way. A genius solves the things that can’t, reasonably, be solved. For this reason, Maradona was a permanent generator of surprises, an admirable manufacturer of the unexpected thing, the different thing”.
– Juvenal (El Gráfico magazine)
“I remember our early training sessions with him: the rest of the team were so amazed that they just stood and watched him. We all thought ourselves privileged to be witnesses of his genius.”
– Lobo Carrasco (Barcelona teammate)
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- Image Source: (Creative Commons) «Maradona y Bochini» de Desconocido – Presidecia.