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Yo Soy el Diego / I Am the Diego (Spanish) Paperback – Oct 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Planeta Pub Corp; 6th edition (October 2000)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8408036742
  • ISBN-13: 978-8408036746
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,473,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

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

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The autobiography of Maradona.

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By Jose on Jan. 25 2002
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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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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By Cesar Serrano on 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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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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