A look back at the best Diego Maradona quotes including his controversial views on football and politics to his comments on his famous 'hand of god' goal.
Diego Maradona, one of the most popular figures in the history of footballpassed away last night
at the early age of 60. El Diego was the true people's hero. His popularity was out of worldly and his influence on the world and younger generations was beyond the football pitch.
Maradona stole the hearts of football fans with his legendary skills, but also became the hero of the masses with his charismatic personality. He was a rebel with a cause and people absolutely loved him for it.
Looking at Diego Maradona quotes opens many doors into the legend's life. Maradona fought against injustice in football and politics. He was never interested in keeping his opinions to himself and spoke his mind with shocking bluntness.
Maradona endured many difficult challenges in his personal life. He became a drug addict, suffered from many illnesses and had a troubled love-life as well. But for the people who adored him, none of these mattered. They loved him, and still do, unconditionally. Just like he loved the ball and his fans.
The world is now in grief over his shocking death, but we can read through the following collection of
Diego Maradona quotes
and rest assured that the legend lived his life fully, and with an open heart. He will always live in people's hearts and minds for generations to come.
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A complete collection of
best phrases from Maradona
including his controversial views on football stars and political figures as well as his comments on his personal life challenges.
Diego Maradona's life and rise to fame is a perfect architype of those who reach the top of the world after suffering poverty in childhood. Like many of South American stars, football was the savior for Maradona as his passion for the beautiful game changed his destiny from crime-filled life to incredible fame and fortune. Having that in mind, it is certainly very useful to read
Inspirational Maradona Quotes
"I am black or white, I'll never be grey in my life."
"I am Maradona, who makes goals, who makes mistakes. I can take it all, I have shoulders big enough to fight with everybody."
"Those who knew Maradona understand that he was the worst of Apollo, but the best of Dionysus.”
"I worked hard all my life for this. Those who say I don’t deserve anything, that it all came easy, can kiss my arse."
"Money is not a motivating factor. I do what comes to me at that moment."
"To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world".
“No matter what happens, and no matter who is in charge, the number 10 shirt will always be mine.”
"You can say a lot of things about me, but you can never say I did not take risks"
"When people succeed, it is because of their hard work. Luck does not have anything to do with it"
"When you win, you don't get carried away. But if you go step by step, with confidence, you can go far."
“Poverty is bad, it’s difficult, I knew it well. You want lots of things and all you can do is dream about them. It would be nice if there were more justice - if those who have a lot had a little less, and those who have a little had a little more.”
“Soccer is the most beautiful and healthy sport in the world. Soccer shouldn’t have to pay for my mistakes. It’s not the ball’s fault.”
“I worked hard all my life for this. Those who say I don't deserve anything, that it all came easy, can kiss my arse.”
"To those of you who have cheered on my goals, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
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The most famous game of Diego Maradona's career was againstEngland
in 1986 World Cup, in which he scored two unforgettable goals and helped his nation to get revenge for the Falkland war and restore its pride. The followings are some of Diego Maradona quotes about the goal he scored with his hand on that game.
"The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona."
"Even if there was a hand, it was the hand of God."
was waiting for my teammates to embrace me and no one came, I told them, 'Come hug me or the referee isn't going to allow it.'"
"Everybody in Argentina can remember the hand of God in the England match in the 1986 World Cup. Now, in my country, the hand of God has brought us an Argentinian pope."
"If I could apologize and go back and change history I would do. But the goal is still a goal, Argentina became world champions and I was the best player in the world"
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In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is mostly betweenLionel Messi
and Cristiano Ronaldo fans.
Messi is seen by many to be the heir of Diego Maradona. He even replicate both of Maradona's famous goals against England, one by his hand against Espanyol and one by dribbling past seven defenders. Maradona himself has praised Messi, recognizing him as his true heir. he also criticized him after failing to inspire Argentina to World Cup glory.
Maradona has stated many times that he appreciates Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. But he also had some controversial quotes about them. Here are
Diego Maradona quotes
on Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar.
"I've seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentinian football and his name is Messi... He's a leader and is offering classes in beautiful football
"Messi I think is like me, he is the best in the world along with Ronaldinho."
"Neymar is better than Messi? Tell Pele to go back to the museum. He probably took the wrong pills. Age affects Pele’s judgment."
"Messi scores a goal and celebrates.Cristiano
scores a goal and poses like he's in a shampoo commercial
is the Pele of today, Messi is the Maradona of today. Messi is better than Neymar just like I was better than Pele"
“Ronaldo conquers a gate, no doubt, and then goes and sells you shampoo, it’s weird.”
“These two are superior to the rest. Messi isn’t better than Cristiano Ronaldo and vice versa. Cristiano is an animal, I wish he were Argentine.”
“It’s useless to want to become the leader of someone who goes to the bathroom to vomit 20 times before a game. No one doubts his qualities but of course he is not the greatest of them all.
” (Criticizing Messi after Argentina's disappointing exit from 2018 World Cup)
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Before Maradona, everyone believed Pele was the GOAT of football, the greatest of them all! But then Maradona stepped in and changed the history of football with his beautiful style and unbelievable achievements. From then on the heated debate on who is the GOAT was ongoing between their fans. Pele and Maradona fueled the war by hitting back continuously at each other.
Maradona and Pele lowered their guards against each other in the past few years. There were pictures of them enjoying each other's company. Pele posted a heartfelt post in hisInstagram account
after the tragic death of Maradona. However, their war of words remains as one of the most interesting duels outside the football pitch. Here are some of Diego Maradona quotes on Pele.
"My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me"
"There would be no debate about who was the best footballer the world had ever seen - me or Pele. Everyone would say me."
"People who say that only young people voted on the Internet, those who didn't see Pele play, forget that children are not orphans. There's always a father who buys the computer and perhaps influences their vote. I won the people's vote."
If (Pele) is Beethoven, I am the Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Bono of football all rolled into one. Because I was the passionate side of football.”
"For 20 years he did nothing, they did not even see him in the supermarket. In the only place. “That he is in – the gala events, behind the FIFA president – he looks like a puppet on a string.
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One of Maradona's biggest challenges in his personal life was his addiction to alcohol and drugs, mainly Cocaine. It is rumored that after he locked horns with the Italian mafia during his time inNapoli
, the mafia deliberately addicted Maradona by using his close friends.
However, it was never proved and Maradona quitted drugs a few times during his life. Here are Diego Maradona quotes on his experience with drug addiction.
"In the beginning drugs make you euphoric. It’s like winning a championship, so you think: who cares about tomorrow, since I won the championship today?”
“I took drugs for part of my career, but I never used it to stimulate myself. You can’t play football after cocaine. It’s not good for a player. I tried drugs for the first time in Europe in 1982. I did it in the dark in the bathroom, suddenly there was a knock on the door “I almost died”
“Those who say cocaine stimulates you don’t know a thing. If you take cocaine to play football, you can’t play. It’s not good for being on the pitch. It’s useless for life. Useless"
"I had nothing, I was a zombie”
"I was, I am and I always will be a drug addict. A person who gets involved in drugs has to fight it every day."
was a drug addict, I am a drug addict and I always will be a drug addict in everyone’s eyes. Because drug addicts aren’t forgiven for anything.”
“Madness is terrifying. In the clinic I felt like Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”... In the clinic there’s a guy who thinks he’s Robinson Crusoe and no one believes I’m Maradona.”
"My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest are a product of my money and mistakes.
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Maradona was never a fan of FIFA and its governing members. He lashed out many times at Sepp Blatter and Joao Havelange and believed that FIFA is a corrupted organization. A view later proved after Sep Blatter andFrance
's legend, Michel Platini was convicted of corruption. The following are some of Diego Maradona Quotes about corruption at the highest level of football.
I’d call Joao Havelange’s website thief.com"
"Havelange played water polo. He can’t talk about football"
"In football there’s a mafia. If you don’t pay then you don’t train.”
"[Sepp] Blatter loves me like a son. Yeah… a son of a b****"
"They cut off my legs and wouldn’t let me defend myself. I didn’t use drugs, I don’t know what happened, I swear that I wasn’t doped but I see that they don’t care.” (Maradona quotes after FIFA banned him from 1994World Cup
because of positive drug test)
"Many people agree with me that many things are not clear in football these days and it is not something people who watch football deserve. The situation will be the same while football is run by people who do not understand football"
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El Diego was famous throughout his life for his support of the communism and other left wing political theories. He was an enemy of the imperialism and was banned from enteringUSA
for many years. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez were among his closest friends and he loved Ernesto Che Guevara dearly. Here are some of
Maradona Best quotes
on his political views.
"I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength"
"I think Bush is a murderer. I’m going to head the march against him stepping foot on Argentine soil."
"Bush disdains us, he walks all over us, and yet we have to be at his feet. We don't want that story, we have to repudiate his presence."
"Donald Trump is a puppet"
"I believe in Chávez, I am Chávista. Everything Fidel does, everything Chávez does, for me is the best."
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Diego Maradona was famous for his sarcasm and we thought it would be cool to include some of the funniest Diego Maradona quotes at the end of the article.
"I wanted to score two goals against [Hugo] Gatti, but then I called me chubby so I decided to score four.”
"Although Beckham has always been busy with his Spice Girl, he sometimes found time to play football very well. But he owes something to his national team.”
“We all know how the French are, and Platini is French, and he believes he is better than rest.”
"Carlitos is amazing. He does what he wants with the Arabs. He tells them "I want to go to Buenos Aires" and they say "No, Carlitos, stay here now, we'll give you more money". And then he gets more money!"
"What I love most about Norway is you ladies. Back home I'm used to fat and hairy women journalists."
"Am I against homosexuals? Not at all. It's better that they exist because they leave more women free for us"
"Reaching the penalty box and not getting in a shot on goal is like dancing with your sister.”
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We wrap up our article on Diego Maradona quotes with his best comments on life, God and death. May his soul rest in peace.
"God makes me play well. That is why I always make the sign of the cross when I walk out onto the field. I feel I would be betraying Him if I didn't."
"When God decides its time, I guess he'll come for us."
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