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Top Diego Maradona’s Controversial Quotes

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Argentina’s football legend, Diego Armando Maradona dazzled the world inside many football stadia during his mercurial football career but spent much of his retirement with strings of controversial comments. Below are some of his famous controversial statements.

“Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.”

“My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest are a product of my money and mistakes.”

“I was waiting for my teammates to embrace me and no one came, … I told them, ‘Come hug me or the referee isn’t going to allow it.’”

“If I could apologise and go back and change history I would do. But the goal is still a goal, Argentina became world champions and I was the best player in the world”

“Everybody in Argentina can remember the hand of God in the England match in the 1986 World Cup. Now, in my country, the hand of God has brought us an Argentinian pope.”

“I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength.”

“There would be no debate about who was the best footballer the world had ever seen – me or Pele. Everyone would say me.”

“God makes me play well. That is why I always make the sign of the cross when I walk out onto the field. I feel I would be betraying Him if I didn’t.”

“I am Maradona, who makes goals, who makes mistakes. I can take it all, I have shoulders big enough to fight with everybody.”

“Pele should go back to the museum.”

“When God decides its time, I guess he’ll come for us.”

“All the people that criticised me should eat their words.”

“Things are neither clear nor clean in the world of football right now and many people recognise this reality.”

“I am black or white, I’ll never be grey in my life.”

“It was as if we had beaten a country, more than just a football team.”

“People who say that only young people voted on the Internet, those who didn’t see Pele play, forget that children are not orphans. There’s always a father who buys the computer and perhaps influences their vote. I won the people’s vote.”

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