Diego Armando Maradona is the name of a football legend. This extraordinary talent from Argentina died on November 25, 2020, due to cardiac arrest. His demise took everyone by surprise and stunned the entire world. Those who saw Maradona play during the 1980s and early 1990s know what a tremendous footballer he was. His amazing dribbling, ball control, on-field foresight, and leadership ability were unrivaled. This diminutive Argentine was always in the spotlight because of his on- and off-field activities. In honor of Diego Maradona's one-year anniversary, let's take a look back at his life.
Early life and family of Diego Maradona
Diego Armando Maradona was born into a humble family on October 30, 1960. He was his parents' first boy after four girls. His father was a chemical factory worker. Maradona was discovered by a talent scout while playing in his hometown club Estrella Roja at the age of eight. As a ball boy, he used to amuse fans by demonstrating his magic with the ball during halftime of first-division games. He made his full debut with Argentinos Juniors a few years later.
Maradona was romantically linked to several women over his long professional career and after retirement. He had a large family as a result. He was the father of eight children with six different women. Except for Gianinna and Dalma, Maradona initially denied parenthood to any other children. He has two children with Claudia Villafane, whom he divorced in 2003 after almost two decades of marriage. Later, he acknowledged six more children: Diego Junior from Cristiana Sinagra, Jana from Valeria Sabalain, Diego Fernando from Verónica Ojeda, Joana, Lu, and Javielito, Santiago Lara, and Magali Gil from unidentified women.
Among his children, Diego Jr. is a full-time manager who used to play professional football in Italy. Giannina Maradona was married to retired Argentine footballer Sergio Aguero, and the couple has a son named Benjamin Aguero. The couple got divorced in 2012.