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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616081864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616081867
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this rambling though passionate monologue, Maradona (with the help of two ghostwriters) takes readers from his impoverished youth in Buenos Aires to the heights of celebrity as the greatest player in the history of the world's most popular sport. An unlikely superstar, the short (5'5) and rather chunky Maradona regularly performed impossible feats on the soccer pitch, yet his career was shadowed by criminal allegations and florid drug abuse. Even a casual soccer fan could describe the numerous highs and lows of Maradona's career, including the Hand of God against England, the 1986 World Cup victory, firing an air-gun into a crowd of reporters, a failed drug test at the '94 Cup and a massive heart attack (probably drug related) in 2004. Although quite open about his drug use and philandering, Maradona admits to little wrong and spends most of his energy detailing his exploits on the field and railing against the owners and bureaucrats who control the sport. While Maradona's pungent mode of expression and outspoken politics—he loves Castro and sports a Che Guevara tattoo—have undeniable charm, the book will be tough going for general readers lacking background in international soccer. 32 color and b&w photos. (June)
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If you know the name of only one soccer legend, it's Pelé. If you know two names, the second should be Diego Maradona. Pelé endeared himself to the world through both athletic talent and good sportsmanship, but Maradona, one of the most creative, exciting players ever to grace a pitch, had a career marked by feuding, controversy, and failed drug tests. But it's his mercurial personality that makes his 2000 as-told-to autobiography, newly released in the U.S., such involving reading. Translator Mora y Araujo has taken pains to preserve the idiosyncrasies of her subject's speech, and his personality bursts through. Maradona races exuberantly through his life, from his impoverished childhood and debut with Argentinean club teams, to stints with FC Barcelona and S.S.C. Napoli, to World Cup infamy (the "Hand of God" goal was actually scored by the hand of Maradona), drug addiction, and repeated comebacks. It's sometimes claustrophobic, and certainly self-serving, but there's an undeniable truth: Maradona loves, and lives for, the game. Pelé may have been the better spokesman, but Maradona makes for better reading. Graff, Keir
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on March 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Much like his colorful and controversial life,this autobiography is told with flair, El Diego's unique flair. This book will entertain the soccer fan with soccer stories told in a frank and gritty style. Diego Maradona, arguably one of the best players to ever emerge to the international level, surely one of the most contentious, is honest about his soccer exploits but skirts around some of the controversy surrounding his life. I believe Maradona wanted to highlight his play on the field and leave the controversies behind. He does go into detail about his early life in Argentina,his rise from poverty, playing on the Youth National Squad and the winning of various awards thoughout his career.Included is an assortment of black and white and color photographs. You come away from reading this book knowing there is no doubt that Diego loves Diego; self depricating is nowhere to be found in this book. However, Maradona is quick to blame the powers that be for many of the problems surrounding soccer. He does talk about his infamous goal in the '86 World Cup competition. Possibly one of the most known goals, the one known as the "hand of God" against the English in World Cup 1986, is talked about by El Diego with no regrets. He admits to using his hand and justifies it by saying he would do it again(if he could getaway with it). El Diego throws around the f word freely in the book to further illustrate his devil may care attitude. You get the feeling that Diego is just being Diego.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Explosive, confrontational, arrogant, unapologetic, with no holds barred. What else to expect from the controversial Diego Armando Maradona. This is an autobiography in the purest sense of the word. A journey into the extremes and excesses of a God-given talent who took on the world and won...and lost...and moved on. The subject matter himself is a fascinating read. Any football junkie would want to know how he grew to be such a talent that he is. Who were his football heroes? What was going on in his head when he committed the 'hand of God'.

And yet there are areas where he only skims the surface - his drug addiction, his womanizing. Maradona wants this autobiography to be first and foremost about his love affair with soccer, and his trials and tribulations in navigating the politics of the game. I'm not too sure if this paints a complete picture of the man.

What I do admire about Maradona in this book is his numerous recollections of the little guys - those otherwise unsung individuals who at various points in his life had touched him and made a difference. Despite being the most sought after player during his heydays, and among the richest and most powerful footballer in the world, Maradona has vivid details of his encounters and speaks of them with the highest regard.

Perhaps in typical fashion, Maradona sets out to defy convention - don't try to put him in a box. You just cannot define the man with a single label. It is as Maradona says at the end "I'm me, Maradona. I am El Diego'
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By asdfghjklñ on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is really interesting because the writer is the one and only Diego Armando Maradona!!! Here he tells me how he Vaccinated a lot of girls. How the River Plate fans (Hen) took insults on him. He tells how he tussles for the championship, just starting from the outskirts of Buenos aires as a "líbero schimero". He started playing in the Portrero in his house. He tells how he was scrumpled up with his life when they find out about the Ephedrine drug that he took. This auto biography teaches me a lot how is it to be a soccer player. This teached me that it takes a lot of sacrifice and hard work to be successful in life.
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By Muhammad Imanullah on February 5, 2010
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Add your collection item with this stuff. It is one of greatest autograph from footballer of the century. He not only told about when he on the top level but also when he fallen down into drugs addiction and how he trying fight against his self. This book also complete with some of color pictures including with his childhood until his retirement period.
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