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[[ Free Pdf ]] ⇮ 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 heartthat no one knows At last I have decided to tell everythingDiego 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 generationand perhaps of all time Never before has the legendary Maradona given us his extraordinary story in his own wordsuntil 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 lifethe pressures of being a child prodigy, the infamous semi final game against England in theWorld Cup, an incredible turn around and the dream turned sour at Napoli, and the shame and disgrace of his positive drug test at USAIn this amazingly honest autobiography, we see inside the mind of one of the most talented, controversial, and complex sportsmen of our timesa 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 than eighty wonderful photographs, Maradona is a confessional, a revelation, an apology, and a celebration Poor old Diego, for so many years we have told him repeatedly You re a God , You re a star , You re our salvation , that we forgot to tell him the most important thing You re a man So said Jorge Valdano, one of Maradona s team mates They say that whoever you regard as the best player ever to have played the game, depends on the era in which you grew up in Like millions of others I can still remember watching Mexico 86, the tournament where one Diego Armando Maradona cemented his stat Poor old Diego, for so many years we have told him repeatedly You re a God , You re a star , You re our salvation , that we forgot to tell him the most important thing You re a man So said Jorge Valdano, one of Maradona s team mates They say that whoever you regard as the best player ever to have played the game, depends on the era in which you grew up in Like millions of others I can still remember watching Mexico 86, the tournament where one Diego Armando Maradona cemented his status on the grandest of global stages as the greatest player in the world at the time, with his overall performance and that goal against England, as well as winning the World Cup with Argentina, he was also awarded the Golden Ball by FIFA This was initially published in Spanish and the text is flavoured with Maradona s colourful use of Lunfardo, and we get treated to such wonderful terminology like Take the cat s milk , give the dog its face back and let the tortoise get away which gives an added authenticity to the feel of the biography There is a bizarre picture of Maradona included in here that shows him standing naked in a bath, holding his hands over his manhood and underneath it reads, I have nothing to hide, nothing This blatant contradiction between actions and words really sums up the man overall We get some interesting background into his happy time at Boca Juniors, though his time at Barcelona would prove to be a lot less happier, as he endured a broken ankle, hepatitis and there was no love lost for the football director Nunez Of course it was Napoli, where Maradona played his finest club football and enjoyed his most successful period Looking back, at the sheer depth of quality of world class players from around the globe who were playing in the Serie A at the time, you really get a flavour for the intensity and expectations all round You had Platini at Juventus, Rummenigge at Inter, Laudrup at Lazio, Zico at Udinese, Socrates and Passarella at Fiorentina, Falco at Roma and Elkjaer at Verona, these were some of the best players in the world and many of them still feature high in countless best ever lists around the planet.In spite of his devastation at not being picked for the 78 World Cup, Argentina still went onto win it without him He soon bounced back when he played a significant part in the winning side of the FIFA World Youth Championship World Cup Now FIFA U 20 World Cup in Japan in 1979 Where he claims that it was the best team he was ever part of He opens up about the huge disappointment of the 82 World Cup, where he was booted around, not least by Italy s Claudio Gentile and then being sent off during the 3 1 defeat to Brazil, after kicking Batista in the balls.By the mid 80s he was earning millions of dollars a year, and allegedly turned down a 100 million contract, when IMG offered to buy his image rights Maradona complains about how many games he played in, this was certainly the case in 1982 when he featured in no less than eight matches in the 21 days between Wednesday 6 and the 27 January US, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico and Guatemala.He certainly is never shy to claim credit for any success he was part of, That s why, today, any Neapolitan can tell you Those teams weren t built by the directors, they were built by Maradona He also says, There are still people who think managers win matches they re wrong There are no tactics without players, and I think that s not open to debate Talking about his on going fallout with Daniel Passarella, he insists The true great captain, was, is and always will be me He makes many other provocative claims like his thoughts on Argentina s opening game of Italia 90, Cameroon didn t win, Argentina lost This childish attitude is not only insulting to a strong and deserving Cameroon side, but it reveals the extent of his self delusion Yes Cameroon did win and yes Argentina did lose He and Argentina had a messy, inconsistent tournament at best, they managed only one win in the group stages, finishing a poor third, scraping through to the knockout stages They were outplayed by Brazil but won 1 0 and then couldn t score against Yugoslavia in the next round and had to rely on penalties In the semis they couldn t beat Italy and got through on penalties again They stumbled into the final of the World Cup having only won 2 games and scoring 5 goals in the entire competition and yet Maradona still believes he was robbed and deserved to win it Away from football, he talks about some of his favourite athletes and sports stars in basketball, boxing and F1 He has some recollections of meeting with some other big names like Pope, John Paul II, where he was refreshingly honest as he called the holy one out on some hypocrisy Though his attitude to Fidel Castro was a bit cringe worthy and really exposed his ignorance of the politics of Cuba in favour of some idealised notion he has built of the place.On one hand he is shamelessly unapologetic and proud of repeatedly hand balling at World Cups he admits to doing it against the Soviet Union in 1990 , but seems incredibly sensitive to being on the receiving end of others cheating him, when they persistently boot and kick him Something that has drastically changed since Maradona s era is that creative players and strikers are now a lotprotected and referees a lot stricter Back in the 70s and 80s some of the tackling and fouls defenders were allowed to get away were routinely shocking, and to be fair he took a lot of hits from a lot of teams over the years and the offenders mostly got away with it.Maradona himself seems to be oblivious to the concept of boundaries or self restraint, in one sense he wants to tell the manager what players to buy, who to sell and what team to pick If he doesn t get his way it doesn t take much to get him in a huff, refusing to play, is one common reaction And yet when he later dabbles in management with some overwhelmingly mediocre results, he suddenly changes his tune He recalls one instance when he was managing at one Argentinian club, the owner came into the dressing room to give some advice, Maradona yelled at him, You motherf king fatso, what the f ck are you coming in here to talk to the players forAnd yet he routinely tried to tell them how to do their job when he was a player El Diego is steeped in tears and tantrums and too often immature petulance dressed as Latin temperament allows Maradona to be indulged far too often by far too many people Yet as his popularity increases so does his apparent sense of victimhood and entitlement He comes across as an immensely narcissistic personality, who regularly draws from a deep well of self pity After a while the constant melodrama and theatrics is exhausting to read, so god knows what it must be like to deal with first hand.This is an interesting enough read, but I struggled to warm to Maradona as a person He is a complex and complicated man with no shortage of demons to battle, but for every crisis or perceived hardship he encounters, there always seems to be another scapegoat or baddie to blame it on instead of taking responsibility himself for it If only he were as willing to take accountability for his many mistakes as he was for his many achievements, but in there lies the mystery and for many the appeal of the man, that volatility and rebelliousness that many would agree gave him the wonderful football skills he impressed millions with In the end nobody is perfect and without doubt Maradona remains one of the best footballers to have ever played the game, and for most of the people he brought so much pleasure to that isthan enough and all that really matters to them An insight into Maradona s view of Maradona Take it with a pinch of salt Entertaining nonetheless. The best footballer of all time in my eyes, and a great book does him justice He d been a good captain, yes, and I always said so But I was the one who displaced him the great captain, the true great captain, was, is and always will be me I had to read the autobiography of someone who could be as cocky as him It is a fairly typical one, slightly high on the enjoyment scale, but just the routines of press conferences, injuries, training, trophies and transfers.The one thing he takes very seriously was to build a strong national team and to captain them Yes it s sani He d been a good captain, yes, and I always said so But I was the one who displaced him the great captain, the true great captain, was, is and always will be me I had to read the autobiography of someone who could be as cocky as him It is a fairly typical one, slightly high on the enjoyment scale, but just the routines of press conferences, injuries, training, trophies and transfers.The one thing he takes very seriously was to build a strong national team and to captain them Yes it s sanitized, yes there s politics, yes there are drugs, and there are no real insights into technique or anything because of which he s considered the greatest of all time somehow i feel Pele is losing that race But the one reason that it sticks is that during the whole book, you get the feel of a very eager uncle trying to tell you a story, who once upon a time was very good with a ball at his feet And for that it becomes readable, the downfall and everything P.S Reading it in the age of Messi gives a better perspective of why even a shy diminutive boy like him has to go through the emotional ringer of captaining Argentina and win them a trophy, in order to be mentioned in the same breath as Maradona There are few autobiographies where the individual comes off worse than your initial perception However, Maradona is the exception clearly an immoral and overall unlikeable character Nevertheless an interesting read and account of a sporting genius. Not worth the hours I put into reading it Meandering, rambling nonsense highlighting Diego s god complex. An autobiography can tell you a lot about a person not only from what they write, but how they write and even what they have left out Diego Maradona is a larger than life character who has hadthan his fair share of controversy, but is undeniably one of the greatest football players of all time El Diego is the translated story of his life up to mid noughties Translator Marcela Araujo has done a fantastic job of converting the flavour of Maradona s words into the English language, go An autobiography can tell you a lot about a person not only from what they write, but how they write and even what they have left out Diego Maradona is a larger than life character who has hadthan his fair share of controversy, but is undeniably one of the greatest football players of all time El Diego is the translated story of his life up to mid noughties Translator Marcela Araujo has done a fantastic job of converting the flavour of Maradona s words into the English language, going so far to explain her methods at the start of the book Maradona is prone to using words that are so Argentinian as there is not direct translation to English rather than attempt to do this, Araujo has kept them in the original language Due to Maradona s passion you understand within the context of the sentence what he is trying to say.With so much to draw upon, El Diego should be the one of the best football biographies of all time, but it is not The passion is there, you get a real sense of why Maradona s life has been so eventful his passions lie on the surface and he is unable to contain them The sections where he rants about the injustices of the faceless corporations or meddling directors are great The sections about football also contain this passion, but here he also lists player, after player, after player I am not a fan of football biogs that are all I loved playing with Razza, Dazza and Gazza Theinteresting sections are when he highlights individuals and give his full unedited opinion.Perhaps the biggest let down and most obvious omission in the book is his struggle with drugs He does mention them, the bans etc but unlike any other player his connection with drugs has been a major part of his career He sidesteps the issue most of the time and never admits much wrong doing, instead blaming others or genuine mistakes Connecting Maradona s hard early life with his compulsion to embrace life, drugs and all, is very interesting it is just a shame that the reader has to make this connection, rather than El Diego talking about it himself An interesting autobiography that is worth a reading, but does feel like Maradona is trying to hide a hollow centre by wrapping it in a gaudy and passionate facade EL DIEGO A biography of the world s greatest footballer This is a book written not for money neither for fame but it was written by Diego Maradona to show and tell the world his passion for the game and his turbulent life story This is a book about how to chase a dream if you have one As you pick up the book the love and effort written with it make it improbable to keep it down A wonderful novel written by the great superstar himself, it explains his life as he came from the bottom to the EL DIEGO A biography of the world s greatest footballer This is a book written not for money neither for fame but it was written by Diego Maradona to show and tell the world his passion for the game and his turbulent life story This is a book about how to chase a dream if you have one As you pick up the book the love and effort written with it make it improbable to keep it down A wonderful novel written by the great superstar himself, it explains his life as he came from the bottom to the top He was able to bring himself from the slums and become the demand of many clubs to come He also talks about his love for the game, like playing even in the dark and even during heavy rains The author is able to bring vivid descriptions of his battle in the slums and the reader can feel the pain of his life, and feel happiness when he does The readers are able to take the whole essence of dream as he was able to achieve anything by just believing and working hard The biography is a compilation of anecdotes which keeps the user entertained throughout, filled with humor, sorrow, drama, and happiness which in turn make this biography a real life story to read The additions of pictures are useful as they can help the reader see the author and his expression and his feelings, this helps the readers ponder the meaning of life and miracles Overall the book deserves a four star rating, not only because he is a great player, but the effort and time to show the world the pains he went through, and in the end they re can always be happiness for everyone