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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Boca Juniors 1981 - No.10 Maradona.


Born in Buenos Aires, Diego Maradona was nurtured at Argentinos Juniors for five years before his dream £1m move to Boca Juniors, the team he supports, in 1981. In his first full season at La Bombanera he was the guiding light that secured Boca the league title, his first piece of silverware.

Maradona's exceptional vision, passing, ball control, dribbling skills, speed, reflexes and thinking time was combined with his small size (he was 5'5") giving him a low center of gravity which allowed him to be more maneuverable than most other football players.
A team mate once remarked "He had complete mastery of the ball. When Maradona ran with the ball or dribbled through the defence, he seemed to have the ball tied to his boots. 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."

His presence on the pitch would have a great effect on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition who realised that stopping the mercurial Argentine would usually be crucial.

After an impressive 1982 World Cup, Maradona was transferred to Barcelona in Spain for £5m, a then world record fee.

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