Diego Maradona’s time at Barcelona

    If you’re a Barcelona fan, it’s probably a source of constant joy that arguably the two greatest ever footballers played for your club.

    While Lionel Messi spent 17 years creating a dynasty at Camp Nou, Diego Maradona got just a couple of seasons to make his mark in Catalonia. But make his mark is exactly what he did.

    Barça spent years tracking Maradona down. Then vice president Nicolau Casaus first made a trip over to Argentina in 1978, which is where he first came across the diminutive midfielder. He was seen as too green as a 17-year-old and financial demands continued to disrupt their attempts to sign him. That the Argentinian FA didn’t want him to leave his homeland ahead of the 1982 World Cup also stalled Barça’s pursuit.

    Eventually, with Casaus leading the charge in the lengthy negotiations, Barcelona got their man and Maradona became the most expensive footballer ever at the time for a £5m fee. That’d be a terrific deal in today’s market, wouldn’t it?

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