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Maradona Timeline

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  • Maradona was scouted for Argentinos Juniors when aged 11
  • Captained his country to World Cup victory in 1986
  • Has battled with drug addiction and health issues in recent years
  • "Maradona" documentary shown at Cannes Film Festival, May 2008
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By Simon Laub
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1960 Maradona is born

Maradona (L) and Kusturica (R) arrive at the screening of 'Maradona', Cannes International Film Festival 2008.

1971 Scouted age 11 for the junior team of Argentinos Juniors

1976 Makes his professional debut aged 15

1977 Makes his full international debut for Argentina aged just 16

1979 Scores first international goal and wins the junior World Cup

1981 Transfers to Boca Juniors for $1.96m.

1982 Plays his first World Cup for Argentina, scoring twice, but also getting sent off. Afterwards he is transferred to Barcelona FC for a then world record $9.81m.

1983 Wins the Spanish Cup with Barcelona

1984 Transfers from Barcelona to Serie A Napoli for another record fee of $13.54m.

1986 Captains Argentina to World Cup Victory, scoring two goals against England on the way, the first, the infamous "Hand of God" and the second an incredible 50 meter run voted "Goal of the Century" in a 2002 FIFA poll.

1987 Helps Napoli to their first Italian title

1990 Hit by paternity suit after World Cup final defeat by West Germany

1991 Fails a drugs test and is banned for 15 months. Leaves Italy in disgrace.

1992 Makes his comeback at Sevilla in Spain

1993 Heads back to Argentina with Newell's Old Boys after disagreement with Sevilla

1994 Sent home after failing drugs test at the World Cup in the U.S.A.

1996 Books into a clinic for drug addiction.

1997 Announces retirement from football aged 37 after failing another drugs test

2000 Collapses with heart problems

2002 Moves to Cuba to try and combat drug addiction

2004 Rushed to hospital after another collapse

2005 Maradona hosts his own talk show, interviewing Pele on the opening night

2008 Emir Kusturica's documentary "Maradona" is shown at the Cannes Film festival

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