Maradona: The Autobiography of Soccer's Greatest and Most Controversial Star

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9781616081867: Maradona: The Autobiography of Soccer's Greatest and Most Controversial Star

Sometimes I think that my whole life is on film, that my whole life is in print. But it’s not like that. There are things which are only in my heart that no one knows. At last I have decided to tell everything.” Diego Maradona

A poor boy from a Buenos Aires shanty town, Diego Maradona became a genius with the soccer ball, kicking his way to the heights of South American, European, and world soccer, yet his struggles with the pressures of life inside and outside the game repeatedly threatened to tear him and his legend down. Hero or villain, one thing about Maradona is certain: He was the greatest soccer player of his generation and perhaps of all-time. Never before has the legendary Maradona given us his extraordinary story in his own words until now.

From his poverty-stricken origins to his greatest glories on the field, Maradona recounts, with astonishing frankness and brilliant insight, the pivotal moments of his life the pressures of being a child prodigy, the infamous semi-final game against England in the 1986 World Cup, an incredible turn-around and the dream-turned-sour at Napoli, and the shame and disgrace of his positive drug test at USA 1994. In this amazingly honest autobiography, we see inside the mind of one of the most talented, controversial, and complex sportsmen of our times a man torn between the demands of corporate club bosses, the fans, the media, and his own tempestuous personal life.

With a new epilogue exclusive to this paperback edition that brings Maradona’s remarkable story up-to-date and more than eighty wonderful photographs, Maradona is a confessional, a revelation, an apology, and a celebration.

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Diego Maradona was voted the greatest player of the twentieth century by the fans of the world in a poll conducted by FIFA. A five-time South American Player of the Year and the 1986 World Player of the Year, Maradona played in four World Cup Finals for his native Argentina, including the magical championship run of 1986. He now serves as the head coach of the Argentine National Team.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this rambling though passionate monologue, Maradona (with the help of two ghostwriters) takes readers from his impoverished youth in Buenos Aires to the heights of celebrity as the greatest player in the history of the world's most popular sport. An unlikely superstar, the short (5'5) and rather chunky Maradona regularly performed impossible feats on the soccer pitch, yet his career was shadowed by criminal allegations and florid drug abuse. Even a casual soccer fan could describe the numerous highs and lows of Maradona's career, including the Hand of God against England, the 1986 World Cup victory, firing an air-gun into a crowd of reporters, a failed drug test at the '94 Cup and a massive heart attack (probably drug related) in 2004. Although quite open about his drug use and philandering, Maradona admits to little wrong and spends most of his energy detailing his exploits on the field and railing against the owners and bureaucrats who control the sport. While Maradona's pungent mode of expression and outspoken politics—he loves Castro and sports a Che Guevara tattoo—have undeniable charm, the book will be tough going for general readers lacking background in international soccer. 32 color and b&w photos. (June)
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