Diego Maradona: Reports show how good football legend was during his teenage age

Diego Maradona: Reports show how good football legend was during his teenage age

- Diego Maradona has always shown potentials for greatness since he was a teenager

- The Argentina god of soccer passed on earlier this week due to suspected heart issues

- Scouts have now come out to reveal how incredible the former Napoli man was at a young age

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Diego Maradona may have passed away at the age of 60, but stats show that the legend was one of the players to have graced the game of football.

Scouting reports show that the 1986 World Cup winner had been excellent from his time at Boca Juniors.

The former Barcelona and Napoli attacker sadly passed on earlier this week due to a suspected cardiac arrest according to unconfirmed sources.

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During his reign in the Italian League, he won two Serie A titles as well as one UEFA Cup with The Parthenopeans.

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Diego Maradona, during his reign at Argentine topflight side Boca Juniors where he eventually joined Barcelona in 1982. Photo by Etsuo Hara.
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Maradona also clinched three trophies during his time at Camp Nou having joined the Catalans in 1982 - though, they were said to have been interested in him five years earlier.

Sport Bible reports that Cesar Luis Menotti who scouted the player for the Blaugrana in 1978 reveals how terrific he was.

At the time Maradona was just 17 and his exploits during a game between Boca Juniors and Argentinos Juniors back then was glaring.

Under 'General Technique' Menotti simply wrote, 'Unbeatable,' and in the more detailed 'Specified Technique' the former Boca manager wrote:

"Extraordinary, effective and just dribbling. Excellent power. Extraordinary courage. Extraordinary efficiency. Very good shot.
"Great passing. Total accuracy. Complete vision. Average heading. Good leadership. Very good power to retain the ball. Extraordinary ball protection."

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"Complete intelligence in football. Complete sense for football. Good view. Very good speed in efficiency."

Back then, Maradona was rated 9.5 out of 10 for speed, starting speed, speed without the ball and agility, also getting 9.1 for speed with the ball and 8 for jump power. While he got 10 out of 10 for mental strength, concentration and personality. Menotti, in his conclusion, said in his report:

"Young. He was born on 30/10/1960. He has prodigious technical qualities, easy dribbling. He has a straight line vision facing the goal, but he knows how to get rid of the ball for the best-placed teammate.
"Extraordinary reflexes. He protects the ball very well to play it immediately with great efficiency. His short passes and shots are pure wonder. Prodigious changes of pace."

Clearly, the scout knew exactly what he was looking at when watching the 17-year-old for Boca Juniors and, whilst things didn't work out at Barcelona, he certainly was one of the best ever.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that English club Sheffield United came close to signing legendary footballer Diego Maradona but they pulled off due to the £40,000 extra price tag on him.

The Blades board refused to splash extra cash on the Argentine god of soccer despite having their manager Harry Haslam travel to the South American country on a scouting mission in 1978.

He was said to have spotted a 17-year-old youngster who was on the payroll of Argentinos Juniors then - the club Maradona made his professional debut two years earlier.

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