Mauricio Pochettino was delighted to have Diego Maradona present at Wembley in 2017 when his Tottenham side beat Liverpool 4-1.
Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine soccer player and coach. He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell's Old Boys and the Argentina national team. Maradona also coached Argentina, Textil Mandiyu, Racing Club, Al-Wasl, Fujairah, Dorados and Gimnasia de La Plata.
Diego Maradona and Argentina
In the quarter-final of the tournament, Maradona scored both Argentina goals in a 2-1 victory over England. The match was played against the backdrop of the Falklands War between the two countries.
Maradona scored twice against Belgium in the semi-final clash at the Azteca and then set up Jorge Burruchaga's winning goal in the final against West Germany, which Argentina won 3-2 despite Maradona being heavily marked.
At the tournament itself, Argentina got off to a bright start, but were hammered 4-0 in the quarter-finals by Germany in Cape Town.
Struggling to live up to the hype at Barcelona
Maradona joined Barcelona from Boca Juniors in 1982 for a then world record transfer fee of £5million. Under Cesar Luis Menotti, his former coach for the Argentina national team, Maradona won the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup in 1983.
However, injury and illness overshadowed Maradona's spell at Barcelona and a controversial incident in 1984 sealed his exit. In the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Maradona was provoked with racist insults from the crowd and faced a tough tackle from Andoni Goikoetxea before further provocation from Miguel Sola. Maradona's response to the provocation sparked a notorious mass brawl. In the wake of this, Maradona was sold to Napoli for another world record transfer fee of £6.9million.
Finding a home and his best form at Napoli
Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi comparisons
Maradona has often been compared with Lionel Messi, the only Argentine soccer player since who could compare to his legacy. Maradona coached Messi for the Argentina national team from 2008 to 2010.
Diego Maradona's personal life
He was plagued by personal problems during and after his soccer career, including a child born as the result of an affair with Neopolitan accountant Cristiana Sinagra. Maradona only recognised this child as his son later in life.
Diego Maradona's net worth
Maradona's net worth was estimated at $100,000 shortly before his passing. In March 2009, Italian officials announced that he owed the country's government €37million in local taxes. Despite his legendary status on the field of play, he did not die with the sort of wealth that modern soccer legends accumulate.