One of the greatest players to grace the world of football turns 55 today. His name is Diego Armando Maradona, possessor of the hand of God and scorer of one of the most famous goals of the century.
Born on October 30, 1960, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maradona led club teams to championships in Argentina, Italy and Spain, and famously starred for the Argentinean team that won the 1986 World Cup.
His performance at the 1986 World Cup included two memorable goals in a quarter-final victory over England: The first was scored illegally with his left hand, which Maradona later claimed was the work of "the hand of God"; the second required no supernatural help, other than an otherworldly ability to dribble past an onslaught of defenders to find the back of the net. Altogether, Maradona played in four World Cups, and scored an impressive 34 goals in 91 international appearances for Argentina.
"There would be no debate about who was the best footballer the world had ever seen. Me or Pele? Everyone would say me."
Even as he marks his 55th birthday, we wish him many more blissful years ahead even as he continually inspires generations unborn.
Here are some birthday tweets at the football legend.