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Did Any Player Contribute As Much To Jersey Porn As Diego Maradona?

Did Any Player Contribute As Much To Jersey Porn As Diego Maradona?

And so ends the strangest of years. 2020 will live on in infamy for the rest of our lives. So much has happened in the last 12 months, and yet, at times it felt as though nothing was happening at all. 

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It's a sad day for football as we look back on the career and life of Diego Maradona.

No player in the history of football had a better collection of kits from their career than the Argentine legend. Be it with Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, or Argentina, they were all belters. In fact, we can go even further back.

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Below is a picture of a teenage Maradona lining out for his first club, Argentinos Juniors. An eye-catching red Adidas number, it was certainly a decent kit.

Then you get into his stint at Boca Juniors. One of the most iconic jerseys in world football, the one from Maradona's time at the club was amongst their finest efforts.

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Next, it was Barcelona.

He moved to the Catalan club for a then world record fee of around £5million, scoring 38 goals in 58 games during two injury hit seasons at the Camp Nou.

He did it while sporting a classic kit:

His time at Napoli was the defining period of his career, both on and off the pitch. He would hit his highest and lowest moments while a player in Naples, arriving at the club for another world record fee.

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He wore a few different kits at the Italian club, with this one away one from his debut season perhaps the best of the lot.

They had a few different Buitoni-sponsored efforts, with the home jersey from the 87-88 season below.

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This cracking effort from the 89/90 season, which saw Napoli claim a second Serie A title, is probably the most iconic one from his time in Italy.

And then you have the Argentina kits.

Both the home and away jerseys in the 1986 World Cups were exquisite.

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The Adidas versions from Italia 90 were lovely to look at.

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His career was very much on a downward swing by the 1994 tournament, but the away jersey from that year may have been objectively the most eye-catching of the bunch.

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His one year at Sevilla produced perhaps his two worst kits, but we've certainly seen far worse.

He may have only played five league games for Newell's Old Boys, but we are all about his two panel jersey.

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He finished his career in another iconic Boca Juniors effort.

There you have it, definitive proof that Diego Maradona wore better kits during his career than any other player in the history of the sport. It's not even close.

Incredible kits for a remarkable player.

Image credit: Wikipedia

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