The Argentine is infamous for his ‘Hand of God’ goal in the 1986 World Cup against England where he tipped the ball over goalkeeper Peter Shilton with his hand.
In the same match he also scored arguably the best goal ever as he picked up possession in midfield and left England players for dead before slotting home.
Ahead of that tournament in Mexico, Maradona had been in the grips of cocaine addiction.
He had begun taking the drug as a Barcelona player in the early 1980s but it was at Napoli that cocaine began to take over his life.
“In Napoli, drugs were everywhere. They practically brought them to me on a tray”
A new documentary by British director Asif Kapadiahas, called ‘Diego Maradona‘, sheds more light on his links with the Italian mafia who supplied him with cocaine and prostitutes.
Maradona was treated as a god–like figure in the southern Italian city, in the grips of the Camorra drugs cartel, for the way he had ended the dominance of the more powerful northern clubs.
There is footage in the documentary of car chases in Napoli, his wild personal life and team celebrations.
He was regularly photographed with powerful drug figures and their families while he would receive a Rolex watch every time he turned up at one of their events.
Maradona was friends with Giuliano mafia clan and would hang out with brothers Luigi and Carmine “The Lion”.
He said: “In Napoli, drugs were everywhere. They practically brought them to me on a tray.”
He would take drugs for half the week and then be dry in the run up to his next match.
Maradona said: “Sunday to Wednesday I was partying on cocaine. I would come home high on drugs.
“When I saw my daughter I would be afraid and lock myself in the bathroom.”
Napoli president Corrado Ferlaino also suggested that “probably someone else peed for him” when drug testing did take place.
Maradona is known to have used a fake plastic penis for drug testing which was given to a Buenos Aires museum.
The Argentine legend also stayed clean in Mexico but his “protection” began to fall away after the 1990 Italy World Cup where he scored to help knock out the home country.
He was given a 15 month ban after testing positive for cocaine in 1991 and was also given a suspended sentence after being caught offering drugs to a prostitute.
Maradona abandoned Italy but back in Argentina the situation got further out of hand.
He was given a suspended jail sentence after using an air rifle to shoot at journalists outside his home.
Then finally at the 1994 World Cup he was sent home after testing positive for drugs.
Currently Maradona is coach of Mexican side Dorados.