Diego Maradona celebrates his 53rd birthday

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Diego Maradona celebrates his 53rd birthday

Footballing legend Diego Maradona is celebrating his 53rd birthday today.

The Argentine is considered by many to be the greatest player to have ever played the game, and his remarkable career spanned three decades.

He made his debut in 1976 for Argentinos Juniors, scoring 115 goals in just 177 appearances for the club. His eye-catching displays eventually earned him a move to Boca Juniors five years later.

After a year with the Argentinian giant, Maradona left his homeland to join Barcelona, where two excellent seasons saw him confirm his status as one of the world's most exciting young talents.

A move to Napoli in 1984 would prove to be a huge moment for the diminutive forward, and his eight years with the Partenopei were the best of his career. He won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup in Naples. He is rightly regarded as the club's greatest ever player.

At international level, Maradona made 91 appearances for Argentina, scoring 34 times. He featured in four World Cups- 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994- reaching two finals in the process.

It was the 1986 tournament in Mexico that will always be considered his peak. Maradona, then 25, almost single-handedly won the World Cup for his country, scoring stunning goals against England and Belgium in the process.

He eventually hung up his boots in 1998 following another spell with Boca.

Controversy was never far away from Maradona, though, from the Hand of God goal to three failed drugs tests during his career, but Maradona remains an undisputed legend of the game.

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