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Diego Maradona One of Soccers Greatest Players Every morning that I get up I should light a candle to the soccer ball -Diego Maradona Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and one of the most popular soccer players in the world is Diego Maradona star of the Argentina national team and a professional who has led his team to many championships in Argentina Italy and Spain During the 1986 World Cup tournament won by Argentina Maradona gave what was perhaps the greatest performance in all of World Cup History While a national hero in Argentina Maradona has also earned a reputation for being outspoken and controversial In what is probably his last international competition he led Argentina into the World Cup Tournament in the United States Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30 1960 He lived in Lanus Argentina a suburb of Buenos Aires the capital of Argentina He was one of eight children raised in the poor area of Villa Fiorito one of the roughest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires His father also named Diego was a factory worker His mom Dalma Franco was a housewife Though the family was very poor there was always food on their table Maradona received his first soccer ball from his father at the age of three His father encouraged him to play soccer Diego practiced all day and slept with the ball all night Maradona was soon playing for Argentinas best youth team Los Cebollitos the Little Onions His team was able to win 140 straight games and Maradona was given jersey number 10 the same number worn by the Brazilian star
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