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A legacy in numbers: Maradona, the hero with a dark side

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Diego Maradona in his prime, playing in the 1982 World Cup. (Photo: Fotostock)
Diego Maradona in his prime, playing in the 1982 World Cup. (Photo: Fotostock)

He's one of the most incredible players the world of football has ever seen – a miracle worker on the pitch, dazzling with his speed, lightning-fast reflexes and skill set that can only be described as sublime.

To many, Diego Maradona was the greatest footballer who ever lived – better even than Pele. Astonishing videos of him performing gravity-defying tricks with the ball did the rounds after news of his death emerged.

Flashes of his most brilliant games were played on a loop for hours on almost every news channel and obituaries poured in for a man who was worshipped like a god for his genius. 

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