Timeline: Football legend Diego Armando Maradona

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Timeline: Football legend Diego Armando Maradona

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Here is a timeline of football legend Diego Armando Maradona of Argentina. A World Cup winner, he passed away on Wednesday, aged 60, in Tigre, Buenos Aires.<br><br>Timeline: 1960: Born on October 30, in Lanus, Argentina 1970: Joins Los Cebollitas youth team 1971: Scouted age 11 for the junior team of Argentinos Juniors 1976: Turns professional, makes his pro debut aged 15, joins Argentinos Juniors 1977: Makes his full international debut for Argentina, aged 16 1978: Becomes youngest player ever to be picked by Argentine national team 1979: Scores his first international goal, and wins the junior World Cup 1980: Signs with Barcelona of the Spanish League 1981: Transferred to Boca Juniors for $1.96 million 1982: Plays his first World Cup for Argentina and scores twice. Is sent off in the game against Brazil. Same year, transferred to Barcelona FC for $9.81 million, a world record at the time1983: Helps Barcelona win the Spanish Cup 1984: Is transferred from Barcelona to Serie A Napoli for $13.54 million, another record1986: Wins World Cup as Argentina captain. Scores two goals against England, including the infamous 'Hand of God' goal and another after dribbling past six players -- it was voted 'Goal of the Century' in a FIFA poll in 20021987: Helps Napoli to their maiden Italian title 1989: Gets married to Claudia Villafane 1990: Faces a paternity suit after defeat to West Germany in the World Cup final 1991: Fails a drug test, and handed a 15-month suspension after testing positive for cocaine. Leaves Italy 1992: Stages a comeback at Sevilla in Spanish League 1993: Returns to Argentina, joins Newell's Old Boys, after disagreement with Sevilla 1994: Tests positive for ephedrine and is sent back home from World Cup in America 1995: Plays final season for Boca Juniors1996: Checks into a clinic for drug addiction 1997: Announces retirement from professional soccer, aged 37, following another failed drugs test 2000: Autobiography 'Yo Soy El Diego' becomes bestseller. Goes to Cuba for two years. Complains of heart problems, collapses2002: Relocates to Cuba to battle drug addiction issue 2004: Admitted to a hospital after he collapses again 2005: Interviews Pele as his first guest on his talk show 2008: Appointed head coach of Argentina national team; he performed this role for 18 months, until 2010 World Cup. Visits India and opens Indian Football School in Kolkata2013: Joins Argentine Primera D club Deportivo Riestra as 'spiritual coach'2017: Visits India again, plays in Kolkata 2018: Maradona attends Argentina's 2018 WC match against Nigeria, has a health scare at the end of it2019: Becomes head coach of Argentine club Gimnasia de La Plata2020: Leaves Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires after surgery for blood clot in brain; dies on November 25.