‘To watch him play football was to watch a great artist at work. Once he had the ball at his feet, it was impossible to retrieve it without fouling him.’

‘Come on. He rode that gravy train like all these other overpaid footballers.’

‘You’re too young to understand. Before him there was no gravy train. He was one of the first to move to Europe from South America. He was born in the slums with nothing. Why shouldn’t he take the money they offered? And he worked hard, as well as having natural ability.’

‘He let drugs ruin his natural ability. His life was a mess.’

‘It was, but in those days he had no support. No media training, no health and wellbeing care, the clubs had no duty of care, and no one to protect him from the Camorra. The tragedy is all he wanted to do was play football, whether they paid him to do it or not.’

‘So, greatest of all time?’

Impossible to let his passing not be marked in some way. The very definition of a troubled genius. One of the few who rose above his sport to become something more, a symbol for an entire nation and a hero to many the world over. For all his flaws, what a life lived to the full. Rest in Peace, Diego.

Written for #FOWC, hosted by Fandango on his blog This, That and the Other. Today’s prompt word was: Gravy. Click on the link to read contributions from other writers. Also The Daily Word Prompt (Retrieve),


19 responses to “DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA”

  1. Completely agree with your views. He was a genius and like all geniuses, a little wayward perhaps, in other areas. Don’t think there has been anyone else who carried the responsibility and ambition of an entire team with elan. There probably will never be another like him, for a long time.
    RIP legend!

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    1. Well put – not just carrying a team but his entire country.

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      1. Yes….That is correct. 🙂

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  2. I don’t understand why he became some sort of “beacon”, although he seems to have been one. I can understand the “local boy who came good” aspect but I’m not aware that he did any kind of puvlic service after the end of his career, It’s funny, the story made me think of Pele, who must now be a ripe old age.

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  3. Thank you for mentioning him. May he rest in peace! Michael

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    1. You’re welcome Michael. How could I not mention him? – one of a kind.

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      1. Thank you Iain. He was great.

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  4. I like conversation blogs. It’s such a nice way to provide two perspectives on the same thing. It’s like a debate only friendlier. I am not a big soccer follower so I can’t comment on the topic, but I enjoyed this very much.

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    1. Thank you. If you ever find the time, watch a few clips of him playing. Even non-soccer fans should be able to tell they are watching something special.

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  5. May his rest in peace, we lost legend.

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  6. A great ans much maligned footballer by all accounts. Well done with this great epitaph to him.

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  7. I’ve never heard of him, but it always breaks my heart to learn of another athlete who came from nothing and got sucked into too much.

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    1. Thanks Eugenia. I’m surprised there is anyone who hasn’t heard of him, but his life story has everything if you ever wish to find out more about him.


      1. Okay, now I’m seeing FB posts. I guess I don’t follow the sport much.

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  8. Thanks for writing this post, Iain. May he rest in peace.

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    1. Thank you and you’re welcome.

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