[280][281], On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata, supposedly for psychological reasons. Argentine soccer superstar Diego Armando Maradona cheers after the Napoli team clinched its first Italian major league title in Naples, Italy, on May 10, 1987. What he did as a footballer, in my opinion, he will be remembered forever. In 2003, Maradona was employed by the Libyan footballer Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, as a "technical consultant", while Al-Saadi was playing for the Italian club, Perugia, which was playing in Serie A at the time.[201]. Four years before his move to Spain, ex-Argentina manager Cesar Luis Menotti produced what is now an iconic scouting report on a 17-year-old Maradona for Barcelona. His report came after a … [22] After the game, Maradona said, "That day I felt I had held the sky in my hands. [78] Throughout the tournament, Maradona asserted his dominance and was the most dynamic player of the competition. [81] Replays showed that the first goal was scored by striking the ball with his hand. [197], In 2000, he won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. Maradona also came fifth in the vote of the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics). Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in front of 115,000 fans at the Azteca with Maradona lifting the World Cup as captain. Argentina 1978 Diego MARADONA home Retro Soccer jersey Football shirt #10. [279] In a video released on his official Facebook page, Maradona confirmed he would accept their nomination for him to become Latin American director for the non-governmental organization Football for Unity. Free shipping . [24] Maradona scored his first goal in the Primera División against Marplatense team San Lorenzo on 14 November 1976, two weeks after turning 16. [216] On 13 June 2019, after Dorados failed to clinch promotion to the Mexican top flight, Maradona's lawyer announced that he would be stepping down from the role, citing health reasons. [44] Sports writer David Goldblatt commented, "They [the fans] were convinced that the saviour had arrived. "[274] Maradona participated and danced at the electoral campaign rally during the 2018 presidential elections in Venezuela. Prodigious changes of pace. At the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Maradona played in only two games (both at the Foxboro Stadium near Boston), scoring one goal against Greece, before being sent home after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. The Catalan crowd was eager to see their new world-record signing Maradona in action, but he did not perform to expectations,[75] as Argentina, the defending champions, lost 1–0. His claim was that the U.S. version, unlike the Argentine one, contained the chemical and that, having run out of his Argentine dosage, his trainer unwittingly bought the U.S. formula. [258] During the 2018 World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria, Maradona was shown on television cameras behaving extremely erratically, with an abundance of white residue visible on the glass in front of his seat in the stands. Kapadia stated that " [232] Argentina was ranked fifth in the tournament. This became known as an international fiasco in World Cup history. It was impossible to score such a beautiful goal. "[99] In a 2018 article for Sportsnet, he added: "No other player, not even Pel[é] in 1958 nor Paolo Rossi in 1982, had dominated a single competition the way Maradona did in Mexico." A rolling series of impromptu street parties and festivities broke out contagiously across the city in a round-the-clock carnival which ran for over a week. [77], Maradona captained the Argentine national team to victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, winning the final in Mexico City against West Germany. Jump power 8. [103] In the second game, a 2–1 victory over Nigeria which was to be his last game for Argentina, he set up both of his team's goals on free kicks, the second an assist to Caniggia. During his two injury-hit seasons at Barcelona, Maradona scored 38 goals in 58 games. I find it hard to apply that even to Mozart. Extraordinary reflexes. "Maradona: The Hand of God". A&C Black, Brian Glanville (2010). In 1981 he moved to giants Boca Juniors, helping them to … [72], Speaking thirty years later on the impact of Maradona's performances in 1979, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated, "Everyone has an opinion on Diego Armando Maradona, and that’s been the case since his playing days. $41.00. We all thought ourselves privileged to be witnesses of his genius. [228] The friendly match scheduled to take place at home to the Czech Republic on 15 December, during the period of the ban, was cancelled. [235] Afterwards, on 29 July, Maradona claimed that AFA president Julio Grondona and director of national teams (as well as his former Argentine national team and Sevilla coach) Carlos Bilardo had "lied to", "betrayed", and effectively sacked him from the role. He wrote, "To Fidel Castro and, through him, all the Cuban people. Back then they merely served as the red rag of provocation that would guarantee he would be the victim of brutal challenges wherever he played. "[98] In a 2009 article for CBC Sports, John Molinaro described the goal as "the greatest ever scored in the tournament – and, maybe, in soccer. ", "Pelé or Diego Maradona: Who is the Greatest Soccer Player of All Time? His first goal of the tournament came against Italy in the second group game in Puebla. At the final in Rome, Argentina lost 1–0 to West Germany, the only goal being a controversial penalty scored by Andreas Brehme in the 85th minute, after Rudi Völler was adjudged to be fouled.[101]. All Rights Reserved. 'Extraordinary', 'unbeatable', 'complete intelligence in football', 'excellent power', words and phrases that perfectly describe the great man. Maradona was left off the Argentine squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil by coach César Luis Menotti who felt he was too young at age 17. 'I’m different to anyone else so I need to train at what I’m good at and what I’m weak at.' He made his debut two days later against Talleres de Córdoba, scoring twice in the club's 4–1 win. ...Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame. "For me Maradona is more than football. "[170] However, although, as Bianchi noted, Maradona was known for making "great plays" and doing "unimaginable" and "incredible things" with the ball during training sessions,[171][172][173] and would even go through periods of rigorous exercise, he was equally known for his limited work-rate in training without the ball, and even gained a degree of infamy during his time in Italy for missing training sessions with Napoli, while he often trained independently instead of with his team. [241], After the divorce, Claudia embarked on a career as a theatre producer, and Dalma sought an acting career; she previously had expressed her desire to attend the Actor's Studio in Los Angeles. Diego Armando Maradona will forever be remembered as one of the greatest athletes in history. [92][137] Former Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi also praised Maradona for his defensive work-rate off the ball in a 2010 interview with Il Corriere dello Sport.[138]. [212][213], Maradona began his managerial career alongside former Argentinos Juniors midfield teammate Carlos Fren. "People on People: The Oxford Dictionary of Biographical Quotations". Il évoluait au poste de milieu offensif sous le maillot numéro 10. [273] In April 2013, Maradona visited the tomb of Hugo Chávez and urged Venezuelans to elect the late leader's designated successor, Nicolás Maduro, to continue the socialist leader's legacy; "Continue the struggle," Maradona said on television. [103] This turned out to be Maradona's last international goal for Argentina. He's the greatest there's ever been. "[278] In October 2015, Maradona thanked Queen Elizabeth II and the Houses of Parliament in London for giving him the chance to provide "true justice" as head of an organization designed to help young children. In addition to his creative abilities, he possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free kick specialist. [35][37], Due to illness and injury as well as controversial incidents on the field, Maradona had a difficult tenure in Barcelona. Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60. With a team that also included such players as Mario Kempes, Osvaldo Ardiles, Ramón Díaz, Daniel Bertoni, Alberto Tarantini, Ubaldo Fillol, and Daniel Passarella, the Argentine side was defeated in the second round by Brazil and by eventual winners Italy. "A History of the World Cup: 1930–2010". [169][179][180], A controversial figure in the sport, while he earned critical acclaim from players, pundits, and managers over his playing style, he also drew criticism in the media for his temper and confrontational behaviour, both on and off the pitch. [311] On 29 November, compatriot Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona's 4–0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga, dedicating his goal to Maradona by revealing a Newell's Old Boys shirt worn by the latter under his own, and subsequently pointing to the sky. Secondly, the scope of his celebrity was such that he absorbed all the pressures on behalf of his team-mates. "[177][178] Moreover, Maradona was notorious for his poor diet and extreme lifestyle off the pitch, including his use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse, which along with personal issues, his metabolism, medication that he was prescribed, and periods of inactivity due to injuries and suspensions, led to his significant weight–gain and physical decline as his career progressed; his lack of discipline and difficulties in his turbulent personal life are thought by some in the sport to have negatively impacted his performances and longevity in the later years of his playing career. I remember our early training sessions with him: the rest of the team were so amazed that they just stood and watched him. [144][145][146] Regarded as one of the best dead-ball specialists of all time,[147][148][149][150] his free kick technique, which often saw him raise his knee at a high angle when striking the ball, thus enabling him to lift it high over the wall, allowed him to score free kicks even from close range, within 22 to 17 yards (20 to 16 metres) from the goal, or even just outside the penalty area. Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60. [129] His physical strengths were illustrated by his two goals against Belgium in the 1986 World Cup. [65] In 1993, he played for Newell's Old Boys and in 1995 returned to Boca Juniors for a two-year stint. [51][52] Despite primarily playing in a creative role as an attacking midfielder, Maradona was the top scorer in Serie A in 1987–88 with 15 goals, and was the all-time leading goalscorer for Napoli, with 115 goals,[53] until his record was broken by Marek Hamšík in 2017. [283] He was released on 12 November after successful surgery and was supervised by doctors as an outpatient. p. 320. He also revealed that Maradona was ahead of his time in the fact that he had a personal fitness coach – Fernando Signorini – who trained him in a variety of areas, in addition to looking after his physical conditioning, adding: "While he [Maradona] was in a football team he had his own regime. It had 200 founding members, and tens of thousands more have become members via the church's official web site. Take a look for yourself below, per Marca. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. He was 60. [63] On 4 December 2020, nine days after Maradona's death, Napoli's home stadium was renamed Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona said he was given a soccer ball soon after he could run. ", "Football's Greatest – Rivelino". [28], Maradona signed a contract with Boca Juniors on 20 February 1981. He was first named to Argentina's national team in 1977, when he was 16. 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[234] On 27 July, however, the AFA announced that its board had unanimously decided not to renew his contract, and instead awarded the job to 1978 World Cup winning captain and his 1986 teammate, Daniel Passarella. [217], On 5 September 2019, Maradona was unveiled as the new head coach of Gimnasia de La Plata, signing a contract until the end of the season. "Bianchi: "Messi? The American newspaper Houston Chronicle wrote of Maradona: To understand the gargantuan shadow Maradona casts over his football-mad homeland, one has to conjure up the athleticism of Michael Jordan, the power of Babe Ruth – and the human fallibility of Mike Tyson. [56][57], Although Maradona was successful on the field during his time in Italy, his personal problems increased. At 17 he just missed inclusion in Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning squad at home. In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one. [274] Having visited Chávez's tomb with Maradona, Maduro said, "Speaking with Diego was very emotional because comandante Chávez also loved him very much. On 10 April, Maradona played his first Superclásico against River Plate at La Bombonera stadium. He was fouled repeatedly in all five games and particularly in the last one against Brazil at the Sarrià, a game that was blighted by poor officiating and violent fouls. [68], During his time with the Argentina national team, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances. [132] He is considered one of the greatest players of all time by pundits, players, and managers,[4][73][165] and by some as the best player ever. A&C Black, Clemente A. Lisi (2011). [290], — Pelé paying tribute following Maradona's death[291], In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed "its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend", adding: "You will always be in our hearts. ", "Zola applaude Mihajlovic: "E' il piu' completo, "Messi and the other best freekick takers in football history", "Dead Ball Genius: How Messi Learned From Maradona, Ronaldinho And Deco To Become The Game's Greatest Free-Kick Taker", "El maestro Maradona: football legend to be Argentina manager", "Maradona scores $1800-a-seat ticket sales, proving the bad boys of sport are hard to match", "13 June 1990: Diego Maradona's other World Cup handball", "Argentina coach Diego Maradona writes another chapter in a turbulent life", "FourFourTwo's 100 Greatest Footballers EVER: No.1, Diego Maradona", "10 of Diego Maradona's best moments: the greatest player of all time? ", "World Cup’s top 100 footballers: how to choose between Pelé and Maradona? [257] On 8 May 2007, Maradona appeared on Argentine television and stated that he had quit drinking and had not used drugs in two and a half years. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. [299] Figures in the sport from every continent around the world also paid tribute to him. [101], In the quarter-final, Argentina faced Yugoslavia in Florence; the match ended 0–0 after 120 minutes, with Argentina advancing in a penalty shootout even though Maradona's kick, a weak shot to the goalkeeper's right, was saved. [76], Maradona played in all five matches without being substituted, scoring twice against Hungary. [151] His style of taking free kicks influenced several other specialists, including Gianfranco Zola,[149] Andrea Pirlo,[152] and Lionel Messi. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. Joueur prodig… [252], Maradona had a tendency to put on weight and suffered increasingly from obesity, at one point weighing 280 lb (130 kg). [71] He went on to play for Argentina in two 1979 Copa América ties during August 1979, a 2–1 loss against Brazil and a 3–0 win over Bolivia in which he scored his side's third goal. On 26 June 1983, Barcelona won away to Real Madrid in one of the world's biggest club games, El Clásico, a match where Maradona scored and became the first Barcelona player to be applauded by arch-rival Real Madrid fans. In 1950, they left Esquina and settled in Buenos Aires. [34] In 1983, under coach César Luis Menotti, Barcelona and Maradona won the Copa del Rey (Spain's annual national cup competition), beating Real Madrid, and the Spanish Super Cup, beating Athletic Bilbao. His body shape just didn’t look like a footballer, but then he had this ability and this balance. FIFA expelled him from USA '94, and Argentina were subsequently eliminated in the round of 16 by Romania in Los Angeles. It is a symbol, even today there are those who choose that number for him."[186]. [45] Goldblatt wrote, "The celebrations were tumultuous. Power of suffering 10. That was the kind of influence he exercised on the team. [203] His contract began 1 August 2005, and one of his first recommendations proved to be very effective: advising the club to hire Alfio Basile as the new coach. [21][39], Maradona was directly involved in a violent and chaotic fight at the 1984 Copa del Rey Final at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid against Athletic Bilbao. John H Kerr (2004). In those moments, he went from star player to legend. Quatre plus tôt, en 1978, pour la coupe du monde dans son pays, il n’a pas été retenu. [274] Maradona attended Maduro's final campaign rally in Caracas, signing footballs and kicking them to the crowd, and presented Maduro with an Argentina jersey. On 29 October 2008, AFA chairman Julio Grondona confirmed that Maradona would be the head coach of the national team. Extraordinary efficiency. Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell, dead at 60 ... At 17 he just missed inclusion in Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning squad at home. The beauty of Diego's game has a hereditary element – his natural ease with the ball – but it also owes a lot to his ability to learn: a lot of those brushstrokes, those strokes of 'genius', are in fact a product of his hard work. "[23] Thirty years later, Cabrera remembered Maradona's debut: "I was on the right side of the field and went to press him, but he didn't give me a chance. He could manage himself effectively in limited spaces, and would attract defenders only to quickly dash out of the melee (as in the second goal against England in 1986),[131][132][133][134] or give an assist to a free teammate. Being short, but strong, he could hold the ball long enough with a defender on his back to wait for a teammate making a run or to find a gap for a quick shot. [143] He was also a dangerous free kick and penalty kick taker, who was renowned for his ability to bend the ball from corners and direct set pieces. [140] Napoli's former president – Corrado Ferlaino – commented on Maradona's leadership qualities during his time with the club in 2008, describing him as "a coach on the pitch. It was a special compensation factor for a country that in a few years lived through several military dictatorships and social frustrations of all kinds." Maradona received his first soccer ball as a gift at age three and quickly became devoted to the game. Maradona was more than just a great footballer. [13] After two months in charge he left the club on 19 November. How many players would do that? The rules changed as a direct result of some of the injuries Maradona received. It also was vindication for Maradona, who in what he later called “the greatest tragedy” of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — which Argentina won at home — because he was only 17. À l'occasion de l'anniversaire de César Luis Menotti le 5 novembre, FIFA.com revient sur la carrière du légendaire entraîneur argentin, vainqueur de la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA 1978. In 2005, he came to Venezuela to meet Chávez, who received him in the Miraflores Palace. They travelled together to Naples for a series of homages in June 2005 and were seen together on other occasions, including the Argentina games during 2006 World Cup. [45] The following season, the team's prolific attacking trio, formed by Maradona, Bruno Giordano, and Careca, was later dubbed the "Ma-Gi-Ca" (magical) front-line. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. It was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June. [267], In 2004, he participated in a protest against the U.S.-led war in Iraq. "Motivation And Emotion in Sport". [79] Argentina eliminated Uruguay in the first knockout round in Puebla, setting up a match against England at the Azteca Stadium, also in Mexico City. [202], With his poor shanty town (villa miseria) upbringing, Maradona cultivated a man-of-the-people persona. Maradona spent two years in Catalonia before moving to Napoli, winning the Copa del Rey, Copa de la Liga and Supercopa de Espana during his time with the Blaugrana. [11] From September 2018 to June 2019, Maradona was coach of Mexican club Dorados. Four years before his move to Spain, ex-Argentina manager Cesar Luis Menotti produced what is now an iconic scouting report on a 17-year-old Maradona for Barcelona. "[270] By December 2008, however, Maradona had adopted a more pro-U.S. attitude and expressed admiration for Bush's successor, then-President-elect Barack Obama, for whom he had great expectations. This started a chain reaction of emotional reactions from both teams. GENERAL CONCLUSIONS: Young. [242][243], Maradona's relationship with his immediate family was a close one, and in a 1990 interview with Sports Illustrated he showed phone bills where he had spent a minimum of 15,000 US dollars per month calling his parents and siblings. Both Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis and the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris expressed their desire to rename their stadium after Maradona, which was unanimously approved by Naples City Council. He would help him psychologically, talk to him about philosophy, and things like that. The world was turned upside down. [316] In Argentina, Maradona is often talked about in terms reserved for legends. Extraordinary courage. With Ball 9.1. And this was revenge. [223], After the resignation of Argentina national team coach Alfio Basile in 2008, Maradona immediately proposed his candidacy for the vacant role. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. In his autobiography, Maradona argued that the test result was due to his personal trainer giving him the power drink Rip Fuel. [196] Two years later, Maradona donated the Cuban royalties of his book to "the Cuban people and Fidel". [208] In 2008, Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica made Maradona, a documentary about Maradona's life. ", "I mille colori di Maradona in bianco e nero", "Napoli, Carnevale racconta: "Maradona una volta si presentò un'ora prima di giocare, "Bianchi, passione e rigore di un vincente". [287] On 26 November, Maradona's wake, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, was cut short by his family as his coffin was relocated from the rotunda of the Presidential Palace after fans took over an inner courtyard and also clashed with police. Diego Maradona, widely regarded as ... Argentine football legend Diego Maradona dies at 60. Argentine soccer genius Maradona saw heaven and hell Back to video. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. [157] A number of publications have referred to Maradona as the Artful Dodger, the urchin pickpocket from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. [261] Maradona declared his opposition to what he identified as imperialism, particularly during the 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Maradona 1986 Argentine 1978 Maradona N ° 10 Retro Man Jersey Jersey Hommes Kit Enfants Kit Rétro Version 86 78 MARADONA CANIGIA Vintage Shirt de football Trouver la similarit? He was also once the most expensive footballer on the planet after completing a record-breaking £5 million move to Barcelona from Boca Juniors in 1982. [9] In September 2018 he was appointed manager of Mexican second division side Dorados. The only match Argentina played during Maradona's ban was a friendly away to Catalonia, which they lost 4–2. L'Argentine organise et gagne son premier Mondial en ... Argentine 1978. 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A genuine phenomenon. He was 60. His father Diego Maradona "Chitoro" (1927–2015) was of Guaraní descent, and his mother Dalma Salvadora Franco, "Doña Tota" (1930–2011), was of Italian descent. Speed 9.5. [18] He named Brazilian playmaker Rivellino and Manchester United winger George Best among his inspirations growing up. Maradona est à la manoeuvre. Maradona has had several online Flash games that are entirely dedicated to his legacy. ", "Diego was capable of things no one else could match. [40] He aggressively got up, stood inches from Sola's face and the two exchanged words. They reported that at that point, Maradona had paid only €42,000, two luxury watches and a set of earrings. [288][289] The same day, a private funeral service was held and Maradona was buried next to his parents at the Jardín de Bella Vista cemetery in Bella Vista, Buenos Aires. [3][4] Maradona's vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature, which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other players. "[14] Maradona used his hand in the 1990 World Cup, again without punishment, and this time on his own goal line, to prevent the Soviet Union from scoring. [39] The majesty of his second goal and the notoriety of his first led to the French newspaper L'Équipe describing Maradona as "half-angel, half-devil". Average heading. Messi’s Goal Better Than Maradona's Goal of the Century? 3 viewed per hour. In the final match, West Germany attempted to contain him by double-marking, but he nevertheless found the space past the West German player Lothar Matthäus to give the final pass to Jorge Burruchaga for the winning goal. ... At 17 he just missed inclusion in Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning squad at home. [35] Maradona dribbled past Madrid goalkeeper Agustín, and as he approached the empty goal, he stopped just as Madrid defender Juan José came sliding in an attempt to block the shot. Il fait partie de l'équipe mondiale du XXe siècle. Matias Morla, Maradona's longtime agent, confirmed the news to Efe news agency. He was obese from the end of his playing career until undergoing gastric bypass surgery in a clinic in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 6 March 2005. Regarding his two memorable goals against England in the quarter-finals, he commented: "Yes, it was Maradona’s hand, and not God’s, that was responsible for the first goal against England. Today his skills would afford him greater protection. I hate it with all my strength. [327] In 2019, a documentary film titled Diego Maradona was released by Academy Award and BAFTA Award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, director of Amy (on singer Amy Winehouse) and Senna (on motor racing driver Ayrton Senna). "Maradona" redirects here. [259] In January 2019, Maradona underwent surgery after a hernia caused internal bleeding in his stomach. The Italian match is renowned for Maradona being aggressively man-marked by Claudio Gentile, as Italy beat Argentina at the Sarrià Stadium in Barcelona, 2–1. His surgeon said that Maradona would follow a liquid diet for three months in order to return to his normal weight. [105], Outwith official internationals, Maradona also played and scored for an Argentina XI against the World XI in 1978 to mark the first anniversary of their first World Cup win,[106][107] scored for The Americas against the World in a UNICEF fundraiser a short time after the 1986 triumph,[106][107] a year after that captained the 'Rest of the World' against the English Football League XI to celebrate the organisation's centenary (after reportedly securing a £100,000 appearance fee)[108][109] and was on the scoresheet for the Argentina XI once more in his own 'farewell match' in 2001.