The greatest player to have ever played football, Diego Maradona, may have passed away but his legacy will live on forever.
The legendary Argentinian was a talismanic figure for both club and county during his career and was often the outstanding player who would stand up in the clutch moments and be counted. Maradona’s trophy cabinet may not be the biggest in terms of volume, but few – if any – can say they had as much of an impact in any competition played around the world.
Here, 90min pays tribute to his genius by remembering every trophy he ever held aloft.
Diego Maradona won his first major trophy in 1979 when he helped Argentina lift the under-20 World Cup for the first time.
He scored six goals throughout the tournament in Japan and bagged the third and final goal in the final as Argentina defeated holder Soviet Union 3-1 in the final.
Ramon Diaz was awarded the Golden Shoe award for being the top goalscorer, but it was Maradona who came away with the Golden Ball for being the best player.
Maradona spent five at Argentinos Juniors, his boyhood club, from 1976 to 1981 before moving to Boca Juniors for £3m.
The young star endeared himself to the Boca faithful by scoring in his first Superclasico against rivals River Plate at La Bombonera. The Azul y Oro ran out 3-0 winners on the day, beginning Maradona’s special relationship with the club he supported as a boy.
Boca finished the campaign one point above Ferro Carril Oeste to lift the Metropolitano title in 1981 in what was Maradona’s only trophy in his homeland.
After the 1982 World Cup, Barcelona forked out a then world record fee of £5m to bring Maradona to Camp Nou.
The Argentine’s time at Barca was mixed with success, injury and controversy, but he helped La Blaugrana to a Copa del Rey title during his first season.
Real Madrid were defeated 2-1 in the final thanks to a last-minute Marcos Alonso Peña strike.
Maradona completed a domestic double in his first season in Spain when he helped Barcelona to the Spanish League Cup crown in the 1982/83 campaign.
The Spanish League Cup was held between 1983 and 1986, and Barcelona were the most successful side, winning two titles during its inception. Real Valladolid and Real Madrid with one title were the other winners, and Maradona was part of the 1983 winning side.
In his second season at Barcelona, Maradona won the Spanish Super Cup.
César Luis Menotti’s Barca side defeated Athletic Club 3-2 over a two-legged affair, despite losing the first game 1-0 at Camp Nou.
The crowing glory of Diego Maradona’s career was undoubtedly firing Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986.
He scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals before scoring the greatest goal of all time – weaving through England’s midfield and defence with ridiculous ease.
Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 in the final, and Maradona was awarded the Golden Ball award for being the tournament’s best player. It made him a national icon and confirmed his status as a global superstar.
In 1984, Maradona surprisingly arrived in Naples following a £6.9m transfer from Barcelona, setting another world record fee at the time.
He was appointed Napoli captain during 1986/87 and fired the club to their first-ever Serie A title, bagging ten league goals in the process. In doing so, he established himself as an icon of Naples, bringing hope, unity and unbridled joy to a city and region neglected for so long.
Having lifted the World Cup a year previously, Maradona had cemented himself as the global superstar of football.
Napoli’s incredible 1986/87 season was capped off by the Coppa Italia victory, meaning they completed the domestic double.
Maradona’s finished the tournament as the second-highest scorer with seven goals to his name, and Gli Azzurri ran out comfortable winners by thrashing Atalanta 4-0 in the final over the two legs.
As if Maradona’s god like status in Naples hadn’t already been cemented, he made doubly sure after leading the club to continental glory two years later.
Captained by Maradona, Napoli defeated German side Stuttgart in a high-scoring two-legged final. A decisive penalty scored in the first leg helped set them on their way, culminating in a 5-4 triumph.
After domestic and European success with Napoli in previous seasons, Maradona won his second Scudetto in four years during the 1989/90 campaign.
He ended up with 16 league goals that year, three behind AC Milan’s Marco van Basten in the race for the Golden Boot, but that paled into insignificance given the club’s latest achievement.
The last trophy of Maradona’s illustrious career was the 1990/91 Italian Super Cup.
After winning Serie A the season before, Napoli faced Juventus in the Super Cup and ran out 5-1 winners on the day. Maradona once again captained the side, and although he was unable to contribute with a goal that day, his mere presence was undoubtedly a factor in their success.