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Maradona's life
Maradona patrols his turf in Argentina's 1990 World Cup match against Cameroon
The team: Just one player, but Maradona personified the Argentine national team

Maradona confronts the Belgium team in the 1986 World Cup semi-final
Dribbling: Close ball control was Maradona's forte, be it against one or six players

Maradona lifts the ball over England keeper Peter Shilton
Divine: A born winner or cheat? Either way, Maradona guided Argentina to 1986 World Cup glory

Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 to win the cup
Ultimate prize: Diego cements his place in footballing history by lifting the 1986 World Cup

Maradona entered the boxing ring in 1996 for charity, fighting Falucho Lacier, former WBA Flyweight world champion. The fight ended in a draw.
Legend: Perhaps not in the boxing ring, but Maradona is still idolised by Argentine fans

The captain scored and celebrated a memorable goal in Agentina's 4-0 destruction of Greece, but that marked the end of his time in the blue and white strip
Comeback: Maradona made a last World Cup appearance at USA 1994, before drug allegations ended his international career

Argentina want to retire the number 10 from their international team
Magic number: Maradona's name and number appear on the board, recording yet another goal for Argentina

Maradona in 1980, and the same man in 2000
Drugs: Years of abuse took their toll, turning a finely-tuned footballing machine into a sad, overweight figure
See also:

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Diego's drugs regret
24 Oct 00 |  Football
Maradona mouths off
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Maradona, Pele in furious bust-up
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