From the World Cup in 1986 to the UEFA Cup in 1989, Diego Maradona pretty much won everything there is to win in the world of soccer. And when FIFA created an award to decide the greatest soccer player of the 20th century, Maradona was selected as the joint winner, sharing the honor with Pelé. His brash style on and off the pitch captivated the world, but what was really behind the magic and madness of soccer’s golden boy? For Diego Maradona, Human Design has the answers.
The Game Player
Born into the Mutative Life Theme of Alignment, with a 6/2 Profile and a Triple-Split, Splenic-Projector Design, Diegito, as he came to be known and loved in Naples, Italy, was one of the fastest, most agile players of soccer the world has ever known.
In Diego Maradona, Human Design shows us a man who couldn’t turn it off. Which helps explain his wild lifestyle. With his Conscious Sun in Gate 28, “The Game Player,” in Line 6, “Grandeur, A tendency to get in over your head,” Maradona was a phenomenon to watch on the soccer field and someone who did not stop “playing” in the rest of his life too. His Individual nature in the Channel 28-38, of being “Stubborn,” showed in his reluctance to be overly affected by others’ rules, or unnecessary (to him) restraints, especially when there was something to celebrate. And celebrate he did. He was twice banned by FIFA for drug use and he carried his cocaine habit with him long after he retired from playing.
His extraordinarily canny and creative leadership in his Unconscious Channel 1-8, became very clear in the ways he outwitted his opponents, playing in novel ways that defied their comprehension and abilities, but also that empowered those who played on his side to trust in his talents and stretch the ways in which they played too.
In Diego Maradona, Human Design shows us a logical mindset, in Channel 63-4, which, while it did not agree necessarily with how he played physically, would consistently give him views of where things were going, adding to his ability to foresee potential outcomes. Overthinking things would not have helped Maradona in his life or in his game.
With an open Emotions Center, Maradona could certainly play drama, always by reflecting his fans’ delight in expressing his excitement but, remaining emotionally involved in situations and relationships was not natural for him. He was Splenic in nature, and quick to realign anything by restoring a balance in anything that allowed him to do so.
Hand of God
His balance of genius and rebellion is perhaps best encapsulated in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England in which he scored two goals. The first should’ve been disallowed as it had come off Maradona’s hand, but it was missed by the referee (later dubbed the ‘Hand of God’ goal). The second was an incredible 66-yard dribble in which he effortlessly danced past 5 defenders before scoring (a goal now known as the ‘Goal of the Century’). In this one game, he showed the world his beauty and his infuriating mischievousness.
The world has lost an endearing character, whose fun-loving nature and extraordinary gifts and talents will be sorely missed.
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