12/20/1987- Diego Armando Maradona marks a milestone in his glory days at S.S.C. Napoli – in a league game vs. Verona he scores his 100th goal since he stared to play for the Italian club (in 1984). To add an elegant touch to the historic moment, Diego scored his goal in a bicycle kick. Napoli won the match 4-1 and marked another milestone – 2000 goals since the club was founded.
Diego Armando Maradona was born in 1960, in Lanús, near Buenos Aires, in the years to follow he became one of the greatest football players in the sport history, famous almost in every nation for his play-making and goal-scoring skills and also for his tendency to create scandals.
Maradona, a son of a factory worker, began playing football for Las Cebollitas, a children’s team, at the age of 9. At the age of 16 he was the youngest player to join Argentina’s national team.
Though he was already a star when Argentina hosted the World Cup in 1978, Maradona was not selected for that year’s national team and did not participate in his country’s victory in the tournament. In 1979, however, he was voted South American player of the year. He led Argentina to its second World Cup title in 1986 (with his famous “hand of god” goal) and to the finals in 1990. He played for Barcelona FC from 1982 to 1984, and was then was purchased by Napoli. In 1989 Maradona led Napoli to the club first Italian League title.
The glory days in Napoli came to an end in 1991 when Maradona was found to be using cocaine. That year he was dropped by the Napoli . In September 1992 he rejoined he was signed by the Spanish club Seville. Maradona struggled with Seville and was released by the club after one season. Those were the downhill years for the great footballer, he gained weight, used a lot of drugs and got mixed up in all kind of scandals. His attempts to get back to the football field, as a player and then as a coach, failed time after time. In the 90′ the popular view in the football world was that Maradona was pretty much a nut job and his days were far behind him. But it would seem the short Argentinean was not ready to quit just yet, somehow he managed to pull himself together and in the last years he seems to be doing just fine, as a football manager and as a loved and famous public figure.