Diego Maradona – his life & career in quotes

Andrew Allen17 June 2010 - 11:07

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He used to do his talking with his feet (and hands) but now Diego Maradona unmistakably does his talking with his venomous mouth. Sport.co.uk pays homage to the verbal volleys, comedic rants and vitriolic bile spouted by Argentina’s most famous son.

On fatherhood...

"My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest are a product of my money and mistakes."

On his battle with drugs...

"I was, I am and I always will be a drug addict. A person who gets involved in drugs has to fight it every day."

On George W. Bush and American foreign policy...

"I think Bush is a murderer. I'm going to head the march against him stepping foot on Argentine soil."

"I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength.”

On his time in a mental institution...

“There were people in there because they thought they were Robinson Crusoe and they didn't believe me when I told them I'm Maradona.”

On watching former club Boca Juniors...

“I feel like my chest burns. It’s like sleeping with Julia Roberts.”

On playing for Argentina...

"When I wear the national team shirt, its sole contact with my skin makes it stand on an end."

On beating England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final and THAT goal...

“It was the hand of God.”

"It was as if we had beaten a country, more than just a football team."

On legends Pele and Michel Platini...

"I'm not surprised [by Pele’s comments]. He should return to the museum.

"And Platini, I'm not surprised with him either because I've always had a distant relationship with him. Hello, Goodbye! We all know how the French are, and Platini is French and believes he is better than the rest.

On who was a better player between him and Pele...

"My mother says it was me and Pele's mother says it was him.”

On being voted FIFA's joint Player of the Century...

"The people voted for me. Now they want me to share the prize with Pele. I'm not going to share the prize with anybody."

On World Cup 98...

"The players have all got square feet. They are like Robocops, they have more need of lubricant than massage. I don't believe the tournament could be worse."

On leading Argentina to the World Cup following a late win over Uruguay...

"To those who did not believe: now suck my dick - I'm sorry ladies for my words - and keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking dicks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinian people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking dicks."

On his team's work ethic...

"I have 23 wildcats prepared to leave their skins on the pitch."

On speaking with Lionel Messi...

“He’s impossible to reach. It’s easier to speak with (US President) Obama than with Leo.”

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