Diego Maradona was one of the most gifted football players in history, but when he moved from Barcelona to Napoli in 1984 he quickly lost control of his drug use.
He had a secret vice of drugs and sex workers which eventually saw him fall into a trap with local Italian mafia, the powerful and violent Giuliana clan of the Camorra organised crime organisation.
His addiction walked hand in hand with his triumphs, his crowning moment arrived when he captained Argentine to win the World Cup in 1986 and was king of the sporting world after willing the Serie A title the following year. Reports stated Maradona knew how to dodge drug tests in the lead up to the 1990 work cup, he was reported to have been using clean urine from an outside source and conducted drug tests by using a fake, plastic penis.
Diego was sprung by Italian Police in a wire tap sting operation during 1991, busted while he tried to order two sex workers to his room through his mafia connections at 3am.
Things didn’t get any less controversial once Maradona had retired, he was given a suspended prison sentence of two years and 10 months in June 98 for shooting journalists with an air rifle in 94. His career finish was finalised when he failed a drug test for the third time in 6 years, followed by a public speech admitting he was an addict.