Diego Maradona passed away one year ago today. The Argentine is considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game, and he had a three-part relationship with Spain. His first World Cup took place in the country in 1982, and he later represented both Barcelona and Sevilla.

Born in Buenos Aires, Maradona came through the youth system at Argentinos Juniors before joining Boca Juniors at 21. He joined Barcelona a year later, after the 1982 World Cup, spending two years at Camp Nou before joining Napoli for a seven-year spell where he’d play his best football and during which lead Argentina to the 1986 World Cup. He then spent a season at Sevilla before retiring in Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys and Boca.

A short, squat man, Maradona was incredible with the ball at his feet. He could do things other players could hardly conceptualise, and paired an otherworldly technical ability with robust physical strength and an indomitable spirit. He was a unique footballer and a unique man, and we’ll never see the likes of him again.

This article first appeared on Football Espana and was syndicated with permission.

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