Diego Maradona - the good, the bad and the ugly

Divisive Dynamo Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona is not a man to shy away from controversy.

From that 'hand of God' goal and coaching the Argentina team, to picking up a suspended jail sentence in 1998 for shooting journalists with an air rifle, Diego Maradona, 51, is not a man to shy away from controversy.

To mark his latest incident, where he was involved in a post-match confrontation with fans in the United Arab Emirates, BBC Sport picks out his top 10 highs and lows.

1) To the disbelief of millions of England fans, Maradona scored the infamous 'hand of God' goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals. The Argentine punched the ball over keeper Peter Shilton's head and the referee, who didn't see the infringement, let the goal stand.

Diego Maradona's infamous 'hand of God' goal

2) However, four minutes later Maradona went on to score what is widely considered to be the best goal at a World Cup ever. The Argentine also played every minute of every game in Mexico, scoring five and providing five assists.

3) The Argentine was handed a suspended jail sentence of two years and 10 months for shooting at journalists with an air rifle. The incident occurred in 1994 when he fired at photographers and reporters outside his home, injuring four people.

4) He played arguably the best football of his career between joining Italian Serie A side Napoli in 1984 and playing for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup. The Argentine led an unfancied Napoli to two league titles and a Uefa Cup success, with the club's former president Corrado Ferlaino insisting Maradona was effectively the coach on the pitch, such was his influence.

5) A cocaine addiction, which can be traced back to 1982, tainted his career. In 1991, he was handed a 15-month ban following a positive test for the substance while playing for Napoli. Three years later, he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

6) In 2000, his performances on the pitch were rewarded when he jointly won the Fifa Player of the Century award with Brazilian legend Pele. The Argentine won the internet poll with 53.6% to Pele's 18.5%.

7) His cocaine habit and alcoholism has led to several health issues. He put on a lot of weight, rising to 128kg at one point, and suffered a major heart attack in 2004, which put him in intensive care. Later a stomach-stapling operation saw him lose 30kg of excess weight.

8) Maradona was named manager of the Argentina national team in 2008. With two games remaining of qualification for the 2010 World Cup, Argentina lay fifth in the group, but victory in the last two matches secured qualification for the finals. They progressed to the quarter-finals where they lost 4-0 to Germany.

9) In 2010, Maradona underwent reconstructive surgery on his lip after one of his pet Shar Pei dogs bit him. He was playing with the pet at him home in Buenos Aires when the incident occurred.

10) During the 1990 World Cup, he helped Argentina bounce back from defeat to Cameroon in the opening game to beat Brazil and hosts Italy to reach the final. This time, though, West Germany were the victors in a rematch of the 1986 World Cup final.

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