Fans hold a vigil for Diego Maradona outside the stadium of Argentinos Juniors, where he started as a professional. Photo: AP Fans hold a vigil for Diego Maradona outside the stadium of Argentinos Juniors, where he started as a professional. Photo: AP
Fans hold a vigil for Diego Maradona outside the stadium of Argentinos Juniors, where he started as a professional. Photo: AP
Andy Mitten
Opinion

Opinion

On The Ball by Andy Mitten

Diego Maradona: the boy wonder who became a god for more than just his ‘hand’

  • They still sing his name at Argentinos Juniors and outside the stadium street art shows El Diego as a kid, an adult, lifting the World Cup and ‘Hand of God’
  • ‘At that age most kids hear stories, he hears ovations,’ wrote one newspaper of a young Maradona announcing himself to Argentina football

Fans hold a vigil for Diego Maradona outside the stadium of Argentinos Juniors, where he started as a professional. Photo: AP Fans hold a vigil for Diego Maradona outside the stadium of Argentinos Juniors, where he started as a professional. Photo: AP
Fans hold a vigil for Diego Maradona outside the stadium of Argentinos Juniors, where he started as a professional. Photo: AP
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Andy Mitten

Andy Mitten

Andy Mitten is a journalist and author. He founded the best-selling United We Stand fanzine as a 15-year-old. A journalism graduate, he's interviewed over 500 famous footballers past and present. His work has taken him to over 100 countries, writing about football from Israel to Iran, Brazil to Barbados. Born and bred in Manchester, he divides his time between his city of birth and Barcelona, Spain.