Diego Maradona is just fine, it seems. Shortly after successfully undergoing a Kidney Stones removal surgery, Maradona’s already whisked around the world by Swiss watchmaker Hublot in Shanghai. At 51, Maradona is still the attention magnet he was during his heyday as a footballer, for good and bad.
His popularity in Argentina took quite a few hits over the years, especially after his tenure as national team head coach. But across the globe? Maradona was never boring, and despite his off-field problems, it never really hurt his popularity with the masses. The underdog, as he was in the beginning, from a poor Buenos Aires slum, turning into the best player in the world. The story always.
The fall from grace is always spectacular. And there have been more than one during his career. Still, Maradona’s charm, most of the time, has kept him a hot commodity. He wasn’t taken to coach Al Wasl in Dubai because of how he can change a 4-4-2 into an effective 4-3-3 with a fake 9.
Is he the best of all-time? It doesn’t really matter, because Maradona, to this day, is the most interesting figure in football of all time. Speaks his mind, wears his heart on his sleeve and has made more than one fantastic comeback during his life. From the jaws of death during his worst hours.
And always a crowd pleaser, like in this Hublot demonstration, showing off his skills, which have diminished, but will never go away.
At teaching kids, especially ones with hardly any skills, he isn’t the best that ever was.