Fiat Europa, Ferrari F40, Renault Fuego, BMW i8… Close-up on the immense variety of cars driven by the legendary Argentinian footballer.
The football planet mourns the disappearance of a prodigy. Diego Armando Maradona passed away at the age of 60, Wednesday, victim of a heart attack at his home in the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires. In recent years, his health, weakened by excesses of all kinds, had required several operations. The news of his death sent shock waves through Argentine, to the point that the presidency decrees three days of national mourning to pay homage to a player who has been elevated to the rank of demigod.
In addition to being one of the best footballers in the world, Diego Maradona marked the history of his sport with his explosive character. A true virtuoso with a ball at his feet, “El Pibe de Oro” uses his hand in 1986 to register one of the most contested goals in history, described as “hand of god”. That year he reached the top of his glory with the Argentine selection by winning the World Cup in Mexico. In a club, his resounding transfer of FC Barcelona in Naples unleashed passions, giving him the status of the most cherished player at the time. Adored or hated athlete, he suffers from health problems at the end of his career, notably sinking into drugs, without this prejudicing his immense popularity with his fans.
A black Ferrari Testarossa
When he was not in the field, Diego Maradona took to the road in a wide variety of vehicles. In the automotive field, we can say that the Argentinian footballer juggled a multitude of models. He had even been seen driving a truck, a Scania 360. In 1980, when he left the Argentinos Juniors club, fans offered him a Mercedes 500 SLC, credited with a 237 horsepower V8 from the Juan Manuel Fangio dealership. The first new car young Diego buys is a Fiat Europa 128 CLS, 0 km on the clock, in December 1982, during his transfer from Argentinian club Boca Juniors to FC Barcelona. He keeps it for two years, while having acquired a Porsche 924 second-hand, equipped with a 4-cylinder 125 hp. The 1986 world champion also takes the wheel of a Ford Sierra XR4, although it is mainly used by his father, Don Diego.
On his arrival in Italy, Maradona necessarily sets his sights on several Ferraris that he wants black in color and the Maranello firm meets this requirement for its Testarossa. On the other hand, for the Ferrari F40, it is a red specimen which is delivered to him and he also complains about the lack of comfort equipment. Far from the prestige of the Prancing Horse, the Argentinian buys a Renault Fuego GTA Max new at the beginning of the 1990s. In 1995, on the occasion of his return to Boca Juniors, he opted for another Ferrari, the F355 Spider, through two copies. Subsequently, he will take the wheel of machines as varied as a Mitsubishi Montero, a Mini Cooper S, a BMW i8, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Chevrolet Camaro RS or a BMW M4, not to mention the improbable Overcomer Hunta amphibious vehicle.
Find in the slideshow at the top of the page the exceptional cars driven by Diego Armando Maradona (non-exhaustive list).