Flashback Athlete of the Month for February 2023
The legendary Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona is recognized as one of the sport’s all-time greats. Maradona famously played for the Argentine team that won the 1986 World Cup and guided club teams to victories in Argentina, Italy, and Spain.
His World Cup performance in 1986 featured two standout goals against England in the quarterfinals. The first goal was illegally scored with Maradona’s left hand, which he later attributed to “the hand of God,” whereas the second goal required no supernatural assistance other than the ability to dribble past a swarm of defenders and into the goal. Maradona participated in four World Cups in total and made 91 appearances for Argentina in international competition, scoring an amazing 34 goals.
The passionate Maradona became equally well renowned as a highly contentious figure despite his undeniable brilliance on the field. He developed a cocaine addiction while playing in Spain in the 1980s and was suspended for 15 months in 1991 after testing positive for the drug. Three years later, Maradona was subject to yet another prominent suspension, this time for testing positive for ephedrine during the World Cup.