Rafael Nadal celebrated Diego Maradona

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Rafael Nadal celebrated Diego Maradona

Through a post on Twitter, Rafael Nadal celebrated and said goodby to El Pibe de Oro Diego Armando Maradona, died yesterday at 60 years-old. On Twitter Rafa wrote: "Today the world of sport in general and football in particular have a vacuum.

Maradona was one of the greatest sportsmen in history. My sincere and heartfelt thoughts go out to his family, the world of football and all of Argentina."

Nadal on the ATP Finals and Maradona's controversies

On the defeat in the semifinal of the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev Rafa said: "At the beginning of the match I think Daniil was playing better than me, then slowly I managed to make things work despite the problems and let's say that I made things right.

I struggled a lot but on 3 all I got the fateful break that gave me the first set. In the second set the story was similar but unlike the first match I played better than him. I can only congratulate him on the victory obtained today.

Physical problems at the end of the race? Ninth, luckily everything is fine! Is it unfair that the ATP Finals are played on hard-courts? I have my personal opinion about it, but I think that after this defeat it is not the case to talk about it, I have had the chance to go to the final and I didn't take it.

Targets? I believe that next season too, I will have similar objectives to previous years, I will work hard in the preseason and aim to win as many tournaments as possible, I think it is certainly a very important season for me."

Maradona is Among the most controversial figures in the history of soccer for his eccentric personality on and off the pitch, he was suspended twice from playing football for different reasons: once for cocaine use in 1991 and another time for positive doping tests.

At the 1994 United States World Cup. Argentina's CT for a short period in the late 2000s, after his official retirement from football in 1997, Maradona suffered excessive weight gain and the consequences of addiction to cocaine, from which he is released after long stays in detox centers.

Nicknamed El Pibe de Oro, Maradona is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, if not the best ever In a professional career of more than twenty years he played in Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, ​​Napoli, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys.

With the Argentine national team he participated in four World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994), winning the 1986 tournament as a protagonist; the 91 matches played and the 34 goals scored in the national team constituted two records, which were subsequently beaten.

Against England in the 1986 Mexico quarter-finals he scored a goal considered the goal of the century, three minutes after scoring a goal with his hand, known as Mano de Dios, another episode he is often remembered for. He was never able to enter the Golden Ball rankings because until 1994 the award was reserved for European players: for this reason in 1995 he won the Golden Ball for Lifetime Achievement.

However, he has received numerous other individual awards: he shares with Pelé the official FIFA award for Best Player of the 20th Century, and in 1993 he was awarded the title of best Argentinesoccer player ever, awarded to him by the Argentine soccer federation.