Maradona's legendary hand was indeed divine - with it Diego gave and took lives. The unfortunate referees of that very match against England lost their careers and were thrown out of football forever. But Diego saved people just by going to the field. The most famous Italian director of our time Paolo Sorrentino ("Young Pope") escaped death at the age of 16, and it was due to his love for Maradona that saved him. The boy went to see the Napoli vs. Empoli game before visiting his parents' country house which had a gas leak that resulted in tragic death. The holiness of Maradona in Argentina is even confirmed by its own church, and his photograph now adorns the altar.
But Maradona was alone, even with a whole planet of his flock - the standard price for genius. Diego celebrated his last anniversary alone. According to his doctor, Armando suffered from depression. His main friends have long been alcohol and cocaine. “I didn't feel anything, I was a zombie. I did drugs, not to stimulate myself, but to forget. If you take cocaine and remain a professional footballer, very soon you will not be able to enter the field. It eats up your strength, ”reflected Armando.
As a result, drugs and alcohol swallowed all Maradona. In the first half of the 90s, Diego failed drag tests three times and said goodbye to Napoli, and then to his entire career. Football made Maradona a god. And God died 23 years ago, when in 1997 Armando played the last match for Boca Juniors. On the same day, an ordinary eccentric rich man was born, who loved to use substances, and did not think about the consequences. The life of the Argentine turned into a movie about a rock star or a gangster - romantic and beautiful, it was too expensive and ended too quickly, like a candle burning from both ends.
Now the whole world is crying, because for many, Maradona is youth, the time of their first love, carelessness and happiness without a reason. Saying goodbye to Diego, we say goodbye to all this. But legends stay legends forever.
Maradona left so early because he didn’t want to live in a world without playing football. Diego did not make breakthroughs in tactics, did not open a new position on the field, did not bring up new geniuses, did not become a genius coach. He did not analyze life, but passed it through himself with all the benefits and downsides. He came to this world to play football and without it, everything was irrelevant. Armando died, being a year older than George Best and ten years older than Garrinchi, 2 other geniuses who did not find the meaning of life outside the opponent's penalty area.
Diego Armando Maradona will forever remain a legendary hero, with whom players are still going to be compared, about whom people will still write, tell, cry and admire.