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Yo Soy el Diego (Spanish) Paperback – 2000

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The bittersweet memoir of soccer's most controversial and entertaining star, Maradona (born 1960), recounts his precipitous rise to fame and glory from humble origins in an Argentine shantytown. The book is remarkable not only for the inside look at some of the soccer world's most important events and figures of the last three decades but for the candid exploration of Maradona's polemical life off the field. His struggle with the immense pressure of fame studies once deemed him the most recognized public figure on the planet and his confrontation with the powers that be are all chronicled with a familiar and picaresque tone that illustrates his (often-flawed) profound humanity. Maradona's autobiography paints several often contradictory portraits: family man, creative genius, loyal friend, tragic hero, temperamental artist, man of the people, and rebellious child. The truth about Maradona lies in none of these incarnations but rather in the contradictory sum of his parts; he is ultimately an enigmatic yet sincere human being, a brazen child from the slums who suddenly found himself dining with popes and was unafraid to speak his mind. No matter is too delicate for Maradona's acerbic tongue: the discrimination endured by southern Italians in their homeland as perceived during his playing days in Naples, the corruption of the Catholic Church, his lifelong addiction to cocaine, and his strained relationship with the politicians and bureaucrats who have used him when convenient, among other issues. His is the defiant life story of one of the century's most brilliant and incisive athletes. Recommended for all public libraries and bookstores. Fernando Cwilich, New York

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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The autobiography of Maradona.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Planeta; 6th edition (2000)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8408036742
  • ISBN-13: 978-8408036746
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,399,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Torres on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This autobiography by Maradona, undoubtly one of the best soccer players in the world is really cautivating for anyone who loves soccer. He wrote it in this past months, during his treatment in Habana, Cuba. If you liked Maradona, like I did, you'll like him even more now, if you hated him like many people do, you'll maybe understand many of the problems he's had in his life. It is very interesting to see the human side of an idol and how he lived in the moments of glory and pain through out his wonderful career. Many untold stories are revealed and you can catch a glimpse of the world outside the stadium. Honestly a very good book, that every soccer fan should read, maybe more than once.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Felipe on August 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Don't expect to find in this book Diego's advice about not making the same mistakes he made, or Diego explicitly expressing his point of view about a specific topic/event in his life.
This book is the life of Maradona told By Maradona, it is simply the truth told with emotions and feelings about his life since he was little until he retired. You will find a detailed compendium/compilation of facts about Maradona's life/career, told the way Diego remembers and feels these happened.
You can feel his love and devotion for football when you read this book, because throughout his life all that surrounded Diego was football.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jose on January 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Diego Maradona, the world’s most offensive and creative player ever (to some considered as the best player ever), decides to tell the story of his life in an explosive award winning autobiography. The number 10 writes everything concerning his soccer career, and another few personal issues. The book also includes 3 sets of illustrated pages, including a picture of “La Mano de Dios”, and “Argentina vs. England ’86 Goal”.
“Yo Soy, EL DIEGO” is a fabulous book. Maradona writes it clean and straight, with pure words from Argentina. Diego Maradona not only enters his fan’s hearts by this autobiographical hit, but also gives a message to soccer players from around the world. Some of his great soccer techniques are revealed. Maradona starts from “Fiorito”(Buenos Aires, Argentina), where he was born and raised by a poor family. Then through “Las Cebollitas” and his best teams, where he always made people fall in love with his great goals and strong personality: Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys, and his return to his most precious loved team, Boca Juniors.
In his times Maradona rocked the globe with his soccer, in this book you see what he felt as he accomplished dreams and scored historical goals. From “La Mano de Dios”, to his goals in “Las Cebollitas”(his first team from age 9-14 years). He also gives you a description of his 100 favorite players. His friends, his enemies, his family, everything is told here. Although “El Diego” does not talk too much about his unfortunate drug addiction, he still accepts he did wrong by this, truly an honest human being.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cesar Serrano on November 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
El Libro tiene cosas muy interesantes acerca de su niñez, y tiene buenas fotos especialmente en sus inicios en villa fiorito, que nos hacen sentir identificados con un pibe que surge de la nada para convertirse en el mejor. El libro simplemente refleja que aun no ha asimilado lo que le paso, fue tan grande su calidad que no supo afrontarla, no supo y no tuvo alguien para guiarlo, hay que entender que comenzo a los 15 años y practicamente dejo de ser un niño para convertirse en estrella. Yo creo que existe una gran moraleja en su vida, la cual me queda mas clara al terminar de leer este libro, y es que ni la fama,ni el dinero ni el triunfo te van a llevar a ser feliz, su grandesa con el balon fue un regalo que mas que beneficiarle, lo daño, solo espero que encuentre la felicidad y la paz que perdio a los 15 años. Quiero darle gracias por su futbol que nunca olvidare, siempre sera mi idolo y el mejor de la historia
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Halkias on November 20, 2001
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As any true lover of football , I admire and love Maradona. I am against any comparisons with Pele, for the simple reason that Pele was an excellent player while Diego is the game itself, a unique example of uncomprimising talent. People that critise him should be aware of the fact that Diego was a true human being, and human beings are not flawless. However, Maradona did not need the help of any media or sponsors to crown himself as the indisputable king of football. Maradona was an artist and as all artists , he has vices , yet all his vices make bring him even more close to us, the people who will always love him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ygnacio on October 22, 2000
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The best soccer player of every time tell us all his history in a book that nobody can't read it. His first steps in Fiorito, his goals in Boca Juniors, his problems with the droug and with the powerfulls. In every sentence , the esency of Diego Maradona is presente, he doesn't have problems to speak about every item of his life. This book is one of the most honest testimony of the life of this great player, tou have to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By diego on October 10, 2001
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Para todos aquellos que se sienten con derecho a criticar a <Maradona yo me pregunto, que han hecho ustedes en la vida? Nadie sabe lo que se siente estar donde el llego, hay que tener en cuenta el origen humilde y la escasa educacion que tenia cuando con tan solo 15 anios debuto en primera y ya desde ese momento no tuvo un segundo de su vida en paz. Ahora lo quieren poner a Pele como ejemplo, el tiene muchos puntos oscuros que por haber vivido en una epoca con una limitada trascendencia mediatica le fue mas facil ocultar.
Diego, fuerza!!! Te critican porque sos el Mejor...
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