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Last Updated: Monday, 19 April, 2004, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
The rise and fall of Maradona in photos
Diego Maradona competes in the 1982 World Cup in Spain
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At the age of 21, Diego Armando Maradona is thrust into the spotlight during Argentina's 1982 World Cup campaign in Spain
Maradona handles the ball past England's Peter Shilton during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico
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Maradona's infamous "Hand of God" goal helps knock England out of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico's Aztec Stadium
Maradona lifts the World Cup in 1986
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He underlines his status as the world's best player by going on to lift the World Cup following a 3-2 win over West Germany
Maradona in action for Napoli
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The Argentine plays a crucial role as Napoli win their first-ever Italian league title in 1987 and the Uefa Cup in 1989
Maradona pleads with the referee during the 1990 World Cup final
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In a petulant display, Argentina are reduced to nine men and beaten 1-0 by West Germany in the 1990 World Cup final
Maradona celebrates scoring against Greece in the 1994 World Cup in the US
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He appears in the 1994 World Cup following a 15 month ban for cocaine use but is sent home after another drugs failure
Maradona is treated for his drug problems
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With his playing days at an end he is admitted to a hospital after suffering a heart attack in Uruguay in January 2000
Maradona is involved in a match held in his honour against a Rest of the World team in Buenos Aires
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In 2001 an overweight Maradona is involved in a match held in his honour against a Rest of the World team in Buenos Aires
An overweight Maradona
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Maradona sinks to a new low in April 2004 when he is hospitalised with heart and breathing problems




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