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Here are Diego Maradona's most famous quotes

Last updated 1 month ago | By Reuters

Argentine soccer superstar Diego Armando Maradona cheers after the Napoli team clinched its first Italian major league title in Naples, Italy, on May 10, 1987. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File)

Legendary Argentine World Cup winner Diego Maradona died following a heart attack on Wednesday, aged 60.

Here are a few of his quotes.

On growing up in poverty: “Poverty is bad, it’s difficult, I knew it well. You want lots of things and all you can do is dream about them. It would be nice if there were more justice - if those who have a lot had a little less, and those who have a little had a little more.”

On his 1986 World Cup goal against England: “It was scored a little bit with the head of Diego and a little with the hand of God.”

On his number 10 shirt: “No matter what happens, and no matter who is in charge, the number 10 shirt will always be mine.”

On spending over a week in intensive care in 2004: “I was hanging by a thread. I started to enter the tunnel (of death) and Boca fans pulled me back, and behind them came fans of River, San Lorenzo, Racing, Huracan, Independiente.”

On failing a doping test at the 1994 World Cup: “They cut off my legs and wouldn’t let me defend myself. I didn’t use drugs, I don’t know what happened, I swear that I wasn’t doped but I see that they don’t care.”

A favourite criticism he used for those he did not trust: “He is more fake than a light blue dollar.”

Former soccer star Diego Maradona balances a ball on his head during a photocall for "Maradona by Kusturica" by Serbian director Emir Kusturica at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. [REUTERS/Eric Gaillard]

On his belief: “I’m privileged, but only because that was God’s will. God made me play well. He gave me the ability at birth. That’s why I make the sign of the cross every time I enter the pitch. If I didn’t do it I’d be betraying him.”

On his daughters: “If my daughters’ boyfriends make them cry two or three times, they’ll have an accident.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo: “Have you noticed how exuberant Cristiano Ronaldo looks? He scores a goal and sells you shampoo.”

On his mistakes: “Soccer is the most beautiful and healthy sport in the world. Soccer shouldn’t have to pay for my mistakes. It’s not the ball’s fault.”

On the psychiatric clinic: “Madness is terrifying. In the clinic I felt like Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”... In the clinic there’s a guy who thinks he’s Robinson Crusoe and no one believes I’m Maradona.”

On scoring: “Reaching the penalty box and not getting in a shot on goal is like dancing with your sister.”

Argentina v Nigeria FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 - Group B - Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - 12/6/10 Argentina coach Diego Maradona before the match. [Action Images/Carl Recine]

On soccer management: “Football doesn’t bother me but what surrounds it does. It bothers me that there are directors who work harder for a photo opportunity than for the club.”

On drugs: “In the beginning drugs make you euphoric. It’s like winning a championship, so you think: who cares about tomorrow, since I won the championship today?”

On Pele and passion: “If (Pele) is Beethoven, I am the Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Bono of football all rolled into one. Because I was the passionate side of football.”

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