Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers passed away a few days ago; but he is still on our hearts.
The legendary Argentinian was a talismanic figure for both club and county during his career and was often the outstanding player who would stand up in the clutch moments and be counted. Maradona‘s trophy cabinet may not be the biggest in terms of volume, but few – if any – can say they had as much of an impact in any competition played around the world.
Cliq Nigeria have compiled a list of his achievements as a footballer.
1. Under-20 World Cup (Argentina, 1979)
Maradona saw the back of the net six times throughout the tournament in Japan and bagged the third and final goal in the final as Argentina defeated holder Soviet Union 3-1 in the final.
Ramon Diaz was awarded the Golden Shoe award for being the top goalscorer, but it was Maradona who came away with the Golden Ball for being the best player.
2. Argentine Primera Division – Metropolitano (Boca Juniors, 1981)
Maradona spent five years at Argentinos Juniors, his boyhood club, from 1976 to 1981 before moving to Boca Juniors for £3m.
Maradona netter his first Superclasico goal against rivals River Plate at La Bombonera. The Azul y Oro ran out 3-0 winners on the day, beginning Maradona’s special relationship with the club he supported as a boy.
Boca finished the campaign one point above Ferro Carril Oeste to lift the Metropolitano title in 1981 in what was Maradona’s only trophy in his homeland.
3. Copa del Rey (Barcelona, 1982/83)
Diego Armando Maradona
After the 1982 World Cup, Barcelona paid a then Whopping £5m to bring Maradona to Camp Nou.
The Argentine helped La Blaugrana to a Copa del Rey title during his first season.
Real Madrid were defeated 2-1 in the final thanks to a last-minute Marcos Alonso Peña strike.
4. Spanish League Cup (Barcelona, 1982/83)
Maradona completed a domestic double in his first season in Spain when he helped Barcelona to the Spanish League Cup crown in the 1982/83 campaign.
The Spanish League Cup was held between 1983 and 1986, and Barcelona were the most successful side, winning two titles during its inception. Real Valladolid and Real Madrid with one title were the other winners, and Maradona was part of the 1983 winning side.
5. Spanish Super Cup (Barcelona, 1983)
Maradona won the Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona in 1983 | VI-Images/Getty Images
In his second season at Barcelona, Maradona won the Spanish Super Cup.
César Luis Menotti’s Barca side defeated Athletic Club 3-2 over a two-legged affair, despite losing the first game 1-0 at Camp Nou.
6. World Cup (Argentina, 1986)
Maradona fired Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 with the famous ‘Hand of God’.
Maradona scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals before scoring the greatest goal of all time – weaving through England’s midfield and defence with ridiculous ease.
Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 in the final, and Maradona was awarded the Golden Ball award for being the tournament’s best player. It made him a national icon and confirmed his status as a global superstar.
7. Serie A (Napoli, 1986/87)
In 1984, Maradona surprisingly arrived in Naples following a £6.9m transfer from Barcelona, setting another world record fee at the time.
He was appointed Napoli captain during 1986/87 and fired the club to their first-ever Serie A title, bagging ten league goals in the process. In doing so, he established himself as an icon of Naples, bringing hope, unity and unbridled joy to a city and region neglected for so long.
8. Coppa Italia (Napoli, 1986/87)
Maradona’s finished the tournament as the second-highest scorer with seven goals to his name, and Gli Azzurri ran out comfortable winners by thrashing Atalanta 4-0 in the final over the two legs.
9. UEFA Cup (Napoli, 1988/89)
Captained by Maradona, Napoli defeated German side Stuttgart in a high-scoring two-legged final. A decisive penalty scored in the first leg helped set them on their way, culminating in a 5-4 triumph.
10. Serie A (Napoli, 1989/90)
After domestic and European success with Napoli in previous seasons, Maradona won his second Scudetto in four years during the 1989/90 campaign.
He ended up with 16 league goals that year, three behind AC Milan’s Marco van Basten in the race for the Golden Boot, but that paled into insignificance given the club’s latest achievement.
11. Italian Super Cup (Napoli, 1990/91)
The last trophy of Maradona’s illustrious career was the 1990/91 Italian Super Cup.
After winning Serie A the season before, Napoli faced Juventus in the Super Cup and ran out 5-1 winners on the day. Maradona once again captained the side, and although he was unable to contribute with a goal that day, his mere presence was undoubtedly a factor in their success.