The Hand of God has had a very entertaining career. He was a famous footballer, an eccentric celebrity, and a peculiar villain.
Now as the coach of the Argentinian national team either he will demolish his portrait as a football legend or guide Argentina to unexpected heights.
In this article I will reveal his uncommon career in pictures.
Maradona played all five matches of the Argentinian side in the 1982 World Cup. He scored twice against Hungary.
Argentina was beaten by Brazil in the second round. Maradona was dismissed with five minutes remaining in the game for serious foul play.
In this picture, Argentinian defender Alberto Tarantini comforts Maradona as he walks off the field after being sent off by Mexican referee Mario Rubio
The Boca Juniors player was transferred to Barcelona for a then world record fee of Ł 5 million in 1982. Despite winning the Spanish Cup against fierce rivals Real Madrid, he had a difficult time in the Catalan capital.
His leg was broken by Andoni Goikoetxea, a tackle that jeopardized his career. He managed to recover from the injury, but due to the frequent disputes with the Barcelona leaders he demanded to be transferred out of Nou Camp.
In 1984 Maradona joined Napoli for another record fee of Ł 6.9 million and made the southern underdogs the best Italian team at the time.
Maradona won the Serie A, the Italian Cup, and the UEFA Cup with Napoli.
Despite playing as a midfielder, he scored 110 goals for Napoli.
Maradona dominated the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He played every minute of every Argentinian match.
He scored five goals and made five assists during the championship, and he scored two famous goals against England in the quarterfinal.
The first goal was the legendary handball goal, which is still remembered by the British. As Maradona explained: "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God."
His second goal was later voted by FIFA as the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup. Maradona dribbled past five English players and goalkeeper Peter Shilton.
Argentina beat Germany 3-2 in the final, and Diego Armando lifted the trophy.
Maradona remained as captain of the Argentinian side in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The momentum of his side was long gone but the South Americans were still true contenders.
They struggled during the group stage and were almost eliminated in the first round, only qualifying in third position from their group.
In the round of 16 they beat Brazil with Claudio Caniggia's goal, which was set up by Maradona.
Argentina marched to the final where they were beaten 1-0 by Germany. Andreas Brehme converted a penalty in the 85th minute.
Argentina played with Brazil in the Copa America Final Round in 1989. In this picture Maradona slips past defender Dunga.
Brazil took an early lead and won the match 2-0 with the goals from Bebeto and Romario.
This time Maradona and Dunga may face with each other as coaches of their national team.
Maradona only played two matches in his fourth World Cup, and he scored just one goal against Greece.
FIFA expelled him from US '94 for failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. He later blamed his personal trainer for giving him a power drink that contained the chemical.
Argentina was eliminated in the second round and Maradona's life took a downward turn.
Maradona became addicted to cocaine in the mid 1980s. Over the years following his retirement his health seriously deteriorated.
In 2000 Maradona had to be taken to an emergency clinic, since his drug addiction caused heart problems.
Maradona also had a tendency for obesity, which further deteriorated his health. He went to Cuba in order to follow a drug rehab plan.
Maradona suffered a heart attack in April 2004 and remained in intensive care for several days.
He was appointed to lead the Argentinian national team in October 2008.
Due to abysmal matches during the qualification campaign, Argentina was in fifth place and faced the possibility of failing to qualify, but victories in the last two matches secured qualification for the World Cup.
He has been much praised by the Argentina players and he is about to repeat the record of Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer to win the World Cup both as a player, and as a coach.