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An unexpected end to Maradona's golden ball |  international |  News

An unexpected end to Maradona’s golden ball | international | News

The Argentine player was named the best player in the 1986 World Cup and received another honor in 1995.

Until 1995, the magazine France Football, responsible for organizing the Ballon d’Or party, had a rule awarding European footballers only.

That is why Maradona, although considered a great player, did not win the award. Example: in the season when he became the world champion in Mexico 1986, the award went to Ukrainian Igor Belanov.

Years later, in 1986, Maradona was awarded the Ballon d’Or: the one that rewards the best player in the World Cup. But three years later, the award disappeared from the Banco della Provincia de Napoles, where it was kept. A group of thieves also seized a large number of valuables, including many luxury watches.

Ballon d’Or 2021. Photo: Taken from Twitter @francefootball

Maradona, who was 29 years old, made contact and contacted one of the leaders of the Naples mafia, Salvatore Lo Rosso, to help him recover what he had lost in the theft. However, they only got the hours back, because the golden ball had melted.

However, in 1995, France Football He was awarded an honorary Ballon d’Or, in recognition of his best years, in which he was not awarded by Al Qaeda.

In July 2014, the house where her father, Don Diego, lived in Villa Devoto, suffered a fire that was centered on the ground floor. “There is nothing left,” announced the ten environment. The site where Maradona lost his second Ballon d’Or as well.

In October 2020 I had the opportunity to replace him. When his environment informed him of a request to be interviewed by the French publication, Maradona made the only condition to regain the Ballon d’Or. France Football He had never asked for a replica of the Golden Ball. The cost to manufacture the prize is about 3,000 euros, and it is covered in gold, seats on a pyrite pedestal and six goldsmiths from a French workshop are working on it. However, the media agreed.

Maradona died on November 25. And the additional Ballon d’Or has never traveled from France to Argentina.

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