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Yo Soy el Diego / I Am the Diego [Paperback]

Diego Armando Maradona
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October 2000
La autobiografía de Maradona, el famoso jugador de futbol Argentino.

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The bittersweet memoir of soccer's most controversial and entertaining star, Maradona (born 1960), recounts his precipitous rise to fame and glory from humble origins in an Argentine shantytown. The book is remarkable not only for the inside look at some of the soccer world's most important events and figures of the last three decades but for the candid exploration of Maradona's polemical life off the field. His struggle with the immense pressure of fame studies once deemed him the most recognized public figure on the planet and his confrontation with the powers that be are all chronicled with a familiar and picaresque tone that illustrates his (often-flawed) profound humanity. Maradona's autobiography paints several often contradictory portraits: family man, creative genius, loyal friend, tragic hero, temperamental artist, man of the people, and rebellious child. The truth about Maradona lies in none of these incarnations but rather in the contradictory sum of his parts; he is ultimately an enigmatic yet sincere human being, a brazen child from the slums who suddenly found himself dining with popes and was unafraid to speak his mind. No matter is too delicate for Maradona's acerbic tongue: the discrimination endured by southern Italians in their homeland as perceived during his playing days in Naples, the corruption of the Catholic Church, his lifelong addiction to cocaine, and his strained relationship with the politicians and bureaucrats who have used him when convenient, among other issues. His is the defiant life story of one of the century's most brilliant and incisive athletes. Recommended for all public libraries and bookstores. Fernando Cwilich, New York

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5.0 out of 5 stars Diego, The Best Jan. 25 2002
By Jose
Format:Paperback
Diego Maradona, the world’s most offensive and creative player ever (to some considered as the best player ever), decides to tell the story of his life in an explosive award winning autobiography. The number 10 writes everything concerning his soccer career, and another few personal issues. The book also includes 3 sets of illustrated pages, including a picture of “La Mano de Dios”, and “Argentina vs. England ’86 Goal”.
“Yo Soy, EL DIEGO” is a fabulous book. Maradona writes it clean and straight, with pure words from Argentina. Diego Maradona not only enters his fan’s hearts by this autobiographical hit, but also gives a message to soccer players from around the world. Some of his great soccer techniques are revealed. Maradona starts from “Fiorito”(Buenos Aires, Argentina), where he was born and raised by a poor family. Then through “Las Cebollitas” and his best teams, where he always made people fall in love with his great goals and strong personality: Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys, and his return to his most precious loved team, Boca Juniors.
In his times Maradona rocked the globe with his soccer, in this book you see what he felt as he accomplished dreams and scored historical goals. From “La Mano de Dios”, to his goals in “Las Cebollitas”(his first team from age 9-14 years). He also gives you a description of his 100 favorite players. His friends, his enemies, his family, everything is told here. Although “El Diego” does not talk too much about his unfortunate drug addiction, he still accepts he did wrong by this, truly an honest human being.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A missing chance to know the truth Nov. 5 2000
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I bougth this book with the hope to find the truth, as any "argentino" i fall in love with the talent of Maradona, he was my idol, but, with the time, his image begun to change. These book has a couple nice historys of Maradonas childhood, and his first steps in the difficult world of the soccer, but, doesnt have any autocritics, any clue of how this man, who was the best player ever fall in the hell of the drugs, and the multiple problems that he has. I love autobiographies, i red My Life, by Magic Johnson, and in that book, he was very toft with himself and with the dark side of the NBA, but in this book, Diego, never said why, or how, he loose all the things that he reached with his game. I also wanna see him say, things for the children, like,"don't do these stupid things..." but i can't find any appologies, or any advice for those who are in the same situacion of him. So, the book is good, has beautifull pictures reflecting his carreer, and so many histories of his parents house, and his childhood, but the feeling is that in all the problems that he has, always was the other part fault, for example, the coach of the Napoli, or the Pope, or the former coach of the national team of argentina, Daniel Passarella, Diego pass through all these chapters as a victim, for those who follow his history with devotion, its hard to believe those things... I also found a couple mistakes for the two journalists who helped Diego to wrote this book, im talking about Ernesto Cherquis Bialo and Daniel Arcucci, for example the gift that the Napoli gave to Diego for the very first Championship wasn't a Ferrari F40, it was a Testarrosa, or a couple photo epigraph, or a couple names. I hope Diego find a cure for himself, and reach the happiness some day, and i also hope some day, he write a new book, telling us all the things that don't say in this one.
Suerte Die.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GRACIAS DIEGO Nov. 25 2001
Format:Paperback
El Libro tiene cosas muy interesantes acerca de su niñez, y tiene buenas fotos especialmente en sus inicios en villa fiorito, que nos hacen sentir identificados con un pibe que surge de la nada para convertirse en el mejor. El libro simplemente refleja que aun no ha asimilado lo que le paso, fue tan grande su calidad que no supo afrontarla, no supo y no tuvo alguien para guiarlo, hay que entender que comenzo a los 15 años y practicamente dejo de ser un niño para convertirse en estrella. Yo creo que existe una gran moraleja en su vida, la cual me queda mas clara al terminar de leer este libro, y es que ni la fama,ni el dinero ni el triunfo te van a llevar a ser feliz, su grandesa con el balon fue un regalo que mas que beneficiarle, lo daño, solo espero que encuentre la felicidad y la paz que perdio a los 15 años. Quiero darle gracias por su futbol que nunca olvidare, siempre sera mi idolo y el mejor de la historia
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4.0 out of 5 stars An obligation for soccer fans Oct. 25 2000
Format:Paperback
This autobiography by Maradona, undoubtly one of the best soccer players in the world is really cautivating for anyone who loves soccer. He wrote it in this past months, during his treatment in Habana, Cuba. If you liked Maradona, like I did, you'll like him even more now, if you hated him like many people do, you'll maybe understand many of the problems he's had in his life. It is very interesting to see the human side of an idol and how he lived in the moments of glory and pain through out his wonderful career. Many untold stories are revealed and you can catch a glimpse of the world outside the stadium. Honestly a very good book, that every soccer fan should read, maybe more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth about Diego's life from Diego's mouth
Don't expect to find in this book Diego's advice about not making the same mistakes he made, or Diego explicitly expressing his point of view about a specific topic/event in his... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003 by Felipe
5.0 out of 5 stars O DIEGO EINAI THEOS
As any true lover of football , I admire and love Maradona. I am against any comparisons with Pele, for the simple reason that Pele was an excellent player while Diego is the game... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by John Halkias
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best player ever!
Para todos aquellos que se sienten con derecho a criticar a <Maradona yo me pregunto, que han hecho ustedes en la vida? Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2001 by diego
2.0 out of 5 stars Diego, you need to get off the clouds...
(Spanish) Diego es un simbolo del narcisismo en el mundo entero. En este libro he encontrado ciertas declaraciones que hacen del Diego una persona que necesita ayuda psicologica,... Read more
Published on April 25 2001 by A Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars es el mejor
yo creo que este libro es el mejor, pues realmente habla de todo acerla de el grandisimo diego
Published on Nov. 26 2000 by paola garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply....the best
An autobiography about the best. A book about Diego Armando Maradona, ranked the most famous people on earth in 1994. The most incredible football player ever. Just...buy it. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2000 by Alberto Bullrich
5.0 out of 5 stars He is El Diego
The best soccer player of every time tell us all his history in a book that nobody can't read it. His first steps in Fiorito, his goals in Boca Juniors, his problems with the droug... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2000 by Ygnacio
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