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Full NameDalma Salvadora Franco
First NameDalma
Middle NameSalvadora
Last NameFranco
ProfessionCelebrity Mother
NationalityArgentine
Birth CityEsquina
Birth CountryArgentina
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseDon Diego
No Of Children8

Dalma Salvadora Franco is the mother of legendary Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona.

She passed away at the age of 81 on November 19, 2011, in a Buenos Aires clinic under intensive treatment.

Difficult lifestyle, raising eight children and sacrifices

Dalma Salvadora Franco was born and brought up in Esquina

She lived in an impoverished close-knit household in the neighbourhood of Villa Fiorito

She was married to Don Diego, with whom she had eight children.

Living in a small house in a tight community was a challenge, and raising so many kids was an even bigger task. 

The family was not particularly well off and had a lot of financial troubles.

Living in poverty made Diego have respect for little things and did not take anything for granted

His first contact with a football was when he was gifted one by his cousin

He loved the ball so much he slept with it under his shirt for almost six months

He was also afraid of it being stolen with many siblings and a poor neighbourhood.

Dalma sometimes seized that ball from Diego so that he could concentrate on his studies

She, later on, realized his love for football and that it was his calling. 

He was accepted in a small team called "little Onion," where he led the team to victory with ease.

Later, Diego's face was on the newspaper on how he plays each game with ease and at such a young age. 

The paper named him "Caradona" by mistake.

Dalma Salvadora Franco and her son, Diego Maradona at an event.
Dalma Salvadora Franco and her son, Diego Maradona at an event. Source: Facebook

Maradona once said in an interview that he would always hear his mother say that she has a stomach ache

He later then realized that she would push him and his siblings to eat more by staying hungry herself.

Dalma would keep pushing her children to eat, and when they asked if she ate, she would reply, saying that her stomach is aching and she isn't hungry.

Marriage and children

Diego Maradona married long-time fiancé Claudia Villafane on November 7, 1984

The couple had two daughters, and their names are Dalma Nerea and Giannina Dinorah.

Unfortunately, their marriage did not last, and they got divorced in 2004

Their daughter Dalma has stated that it was for the best and that the two are on good terms

Maradona and his ex-wife have travelled with the family to many places, maintaining a good relationship.

Drug addiction and health issues

Diego is well known for being intoxicated with the power of narcotics and other harmful d*ugs.

During the 1994 World Cup, the football star failed his drug test and was found using a performance enhancer ephedrine

The chief press officer of FIFA, Guido Tognoni, said that ephedrine was a banned substance. 

Due to the extreme use of d*ugs, cigarettes, and other substances, Maradona has been under a wave of bad experiences and has harmed his health

Through it all, his mother has helped him get rid of cigarettes in his life. 

Dalma was the reason her son didn't retire early as she kept pushing him to get rid of the addictive lifestyle.

There are other cases where the legend has been seen using substances like c*caine and m*lly

Maradona dies after suffering heart failure

The legendary Argentine star has passed away at the age of 60 on November 25, 2020.

According to the autopsy, it is said that he succumbed to heart failure on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

The death was caused by an "acute secondary lung edema to exacerbated chronic heart failure." 

The whole world expresses its deepest condolences and prayers for the late legend.

Net worth and earnings

According to CelebrityNetWorth, Diego Maradona is estimated to have a net worth has been about $100,000

His fortune has been decreased due to the long-running dispute between the Italian government over taxes.

The time frame for his total earnings have been calculated below:

Time frameEarnings 
Per day$4,931
Per week$34,615
Per month$1,50,000
Per year$1.8 million

Professional debut, World record, "The Hand of God" move

Diego made his professional debut on October 20, 1976, when he was 15 years old

He holds the record for the most number of fouls suffered in one game in the World cup. He got fouled 23 times

Diego used his hand to score in the quarter-final of the 1986 World cup

The goal was somehow accepted and was famously called "the hand of God." It is still difficult to know how he pulled it off.

Hosting Argentinian television and Fifth highest goal scorer 

Maradona started hosting a show on television where Pele was his most famous and renowned guest. 

He is also the fifth highest goal scorer for Argentina behind Lionel Messi.

Age, height, and weight

  1. Maradona was 60 years old. He was born on October 30, 1960.
  2. His height was 1.65 meters.
  3. He weighed about 67 kilograms.
  4. Diego went on a lot of diets and didn't have anything too fatty or artificial.
  5. His favourite songs were from Manu Chao.

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Updated On Sat Feb 20 2021 Published On Thu Nov 26 2020 By shaumya

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