Raised in Villa Fiorito, a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego Armando Maradona Franco was spotted by a talent scout aged 8 and became a staple of Los Cebollitas (The Little Onions), the youth team of Argentinos Juniors
When Diego came to Argentinos Juniors for trials, I was really struck by his talent and couldn't believe he was only eight years old. In fact, we asked him for his ID card so we could check it, but he told us he didn't have it on him. We were sure he was having us on because, 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."
—Francisco Cornejo, youth coach who discovered Maradona
On 20 October 1976, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors, ten days before his sixteenth birthday. After the game, Maradona stated: "That day I felt I had held the sky in my hands".
Many years later the club would name their ground, Estadio Diego Armando Maradona in honour of him