Unlike Best, whose life was doomed by drink and almost drink alone, Maradona has had to grapple with the twin demons of drink and drug addiction.
The Argentine greatÃ‚Â’s problems were said to spring from his introduction to cocaine during his stint in the early eighties with the famed Spanish club Barcelona.
His next move to Napoli, where he tasted dizzying success and blind adoration, did not help matters. His name surfaced in vice and corruption scandals and his links with the underworld Ã‚Â– NapoliÃ‚Â’s Camorra Ã‚Â– came under increasing scrutiny. Maradona finally left the club in 1992 after failing a drug test.
Two years later, another failed drugs test led to him being ejected from the 1994 World Cup. But the worst crisis to date was precipitated ten years later when he suffered a massive heart attack following a cocaine overdose.
In recent times, he was also forced to seek treatment for his alcoholism.
We leave his former teammate Jorge Voldano to have the final say on probably the only sportsman to have a church (Iglesia Maradoniana Ã‚Â– the Church of Maradona) in his name: Ã‚Â“He is someone many people want to emulate, a controversial figure, loved, hated, who stirs great upheaval, especially in Argentina... Stressing his personal life is a mistake. Maradona has no peers inside the pitch, but he has turned his life into a show, and is now living a personal ordeal that should not be imitated.Ã‚Â”