In his prime, Maradona was the greatest soccer player in his generation, and even in retirement, he’s considered to be among the best who ever kicked a ball. Sadly, his career would be tainted by cocaine and alcohol problems. In 2004, he suffered a major heart attack and almost lost his life as a result of a cocaine overdose. After undergoing successful drug rehab in a Buenos Aires clinic, the soccer idol regained control of his life, and in 2008, he was appointed head coach of the Argentina soccer team.

Winning the 1986 FIFA World Cup with Argentina in Mexico, he displayed the full array of his magical skills, confounding the critics and mesmerizing his fans. Despite all the adoration and near-worship, Maradona was getting more dependent on cocaine. Four years on, he would again lead Argentina to the FIFA World Cup final in Italy where the team narrowly lost to Germany. In 1991, he served a 15-month suspension from soccer after he failed a drug test while he was playing for Napoli in Italy. Part of a very strong Argentina team in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Maradona was sent home after failing another drug test, this time for the banned substance ephedrine.

The story of Maradona’s cocaine addiction was tragic because he failed to fulfill his potential as one of the most blessed soccer players ever. As he talked about his cocaine addiction in a segment from the documentary “Maradona by Kusturica”, one can sense his regrets when he acknowledged that he could have been even greater if he hadn’t take cocaine. For a man who knew he was going to be world champion when he was just 12 years old, he said, he never knew he was going to be a cocaine addict. Would he have won another World Cup or two? Who knows? Now, it’s just a rhetorical question.

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