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#2 Diego Maradona
"Maradona, turns like a little eel and comes away from trouble, little squat man... comes inside Butcher and leaves him for dead, outside Fenwick and leaves him for dead, and puts the ball away... and that is why Maradona is the greatest player in the world." —Bryon Butler BBC Radio commentary on Maradona's second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup
Diego Maradona's entire persona as a player and person was probably captured in that fateful match against England in the 1986 World Cup. A cunning genius, the Argentine maestro left the English defence in knots to score the greatest World Cup goal of all time.
Supremely talented, skilled and a magician with his feet, Diego Maradona could do things with a football which ordinary mortals could not even do with their hands. Not afraid of bending the rules if it suited him, El Diego always played to win and he was undoubtedly the star of Argentina's famous triumph in 1986.
While his exploits for Argentina are famous, Maradona also had a telling club career in Europe first at Barcelona and then more famously at Napoli. Although the legendary playmaker won only a Copa Del Rey and Supercopa Espana during his time at Barcelona, he put in some miraculous performances, none more so than when he received a standing ovation from the famously hostile Santiago Bernabeu crowd.
At Napoli, Maradona almost single-handedly dragged the team to two Serie A titles. The Argentine maestro was at his tricky best during these years and the Naples crowd took to him and looked up to him as their messiah.
Inspiring the Serie A side to greatness, Maradona took every game by the scruff of the neck and led by example on the field. A hero even to this day, Maradona is still Naples' favourite son and is widely considered the greatest player to ever play in Europe.
You can see the respect Maradona has from even the greatest players of this game by Messi's comments:
"Even if I played for a million years, I'd never come close to Maradona. Not that I'd want to anyway. He's the greatest there's ever been."