Diego Maradona spent two seasons with the club, at the start and conclusion of his career, and other players, like Juan Roman Riquelme and Martin Palermo (the club's all-time highest goal scorer), have followed suit... Sign up here to receive daily updates on what occurred on This Day in your email!
He made his debut on August 10, 1986, against Almería at the age of 17 years and 9 months. In that game he was a substitute for Jose Antonio Reyes as Los Verdiblancos lost 2-1.
His last match for Boca was on May 3, 1989, in a Copa Libertadores game against Colo-Colo; he scored in this game but his side lost 1-0.
Overall, during his time at Boca Juniors Diego Maradona played 102 games and scored 42 goals.
After retiring from football, Maradona became involved in politics and was elected mayor of Buenos Aires in 1991. He held this position for three consecutive terms between 1993 and 2001, when he ran for president but was defeated by Ricardo Laing...
During his tenure, he scored 115 goals for the club, becoming the club's all-time leading scorer, a record that was only recently surpassed by Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens. Maradona became a superstar after guiding Napoli back to the top of Italian football. He is considered one of the best players in the world during the 1990s.
Maradona started his career at age 15 with local club Argentinos Juniors, before moving to Naples youth team in 1984. He helped them win the Campionato Nazionale Juvenile (Italian national youth championship) in 1985. The following year, he made his professional debut in the Italian second division. In his first season, he scored 23 goals as Napoli finished as runners-up.
In 1989, Maradona was part of the Napoli squad that won its first ever Coppa Italia. That same year, he was named Italian Footballer of the Year after scoring 42 goals in all competitions. He continued to be one of the most important players for the club as it reached the UEFA Cup final in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, he moved on loan to Barcelona but returned to Napoli after just one season. He ended his time at San Paolo with two more Coppa Italias and one Supercoppa Italiana.
Argentina's third goal was scored by Maradona himself. Diego Maradona of Argentina (left) and Kenny Dalglish at Hampden Park in 1979. One sidestep deceived Scotland's whole defense, including George Burley, before finishing past George Wood. This was one of Maradona's most memorable goals and it helped his national team qualify for the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
Hampden is a famous football stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. The ground is mainly known for its home matches of Celtic F.C., but from 1879 to 1999 it also played host to several international games. In 1978, Scotland had never been beaten at home before they traveled to Argentina looking to improve on this record. But just three minutes into the game Scotland lost their first defender, full-back Jimmy Johnstone, who was injured during a challenge with Maradona. The Argentine striker won the duel 10 out of 10 times and after scoring his second goal of the game he was given a farewell gift by the Scottish supporters: a standing ovation.
Scotland went on to lose the match 2-3, but it is Maradona's debut goal that is remembered today. He showed great skill with the ball at his feet, including a nice turn, before firing into the bottom left corner of the net.
After his successful career at Napoli and AC Milan, Maradona joined Barcelona in 1986.