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. She was under intensive treatment at the Buenos Aires clinic when she took her last breathe.
Difficult lifestyle, raising eight children, and sacrifices
Dalma Salvadora Franco was born and brought up in Esquina.
She spent her childhood in the neighborhood of Villa Fiorito.
She was married to Don Diego. She had eight children with him.
She had to raise her children with poor finances and this was a huge challenge.
Her son Diego became humble and started to value little things in life.
Diego was gifted his first football by his cousin and this was where it all began.
Diego used to sleep holding the ball. He did so for six months.
Diego also feared that the ball will get stolen.
Dalma did not want Diego to play with the ball. She used to seize it at times so that he could focus more on his studies.
Diego's passion won at last and Dalma also had to accept it.
He started playing for a team called "little Onion,". He used to win matches at ease for his team.
Diego started getting recognition and started appearing in newspapers.
The paper called him "Caradona" by mistake.
Dalma always used to pretend to have a stomach ache. She used to do this to make her kids eat more.
Times were very tough for the family during that time and Dalma had sacrificed a lot.
Marriage and children
Diego Maradona married long-time partner Claudia Villafane. The wedding date was November 7, 1984.
The couple had two daughters. Their names are Dalma Nerea and Giannina Dinorah.
The couple could not save their relationship and it sadly ended in 2004.
Their daughter Dalma was glad that the two will remain on good terms after separation.
The former couple has maintained a good relationship and has traveled to various places together.
Drug addiction and health issues
Diego has been part of controversies in his life and career. He is well known for using narcotics and d*ugs. He has ended up intoxicated in several places.
It was during the 1994 World Cup when football legend failed his drug test. He was found to be using performance enhancer ephedrine.
The substance was banned and caused a lot of issues.
The drugs and alcohol have harmed his health.
Dalma was there for her. She helped him to quit smoking.
Dalma also convinced Maradona to not quit early and to continue his career.
Maradona dies after suffering heart failure
Maradona passed away at the age of 60 on November 25, 2020. The whole world paid a tribute to one of the best football has ever seen.
He suffered heart failure in Buenos Aires.
Net worth and earnings
According to CelebrityNetWorth, Diego Maradona is estimated to have a net worth has been about $100,000.
His dispute with the Italian government over taxes caused a massive drop in his wealth.
The time frame for his total earnings have been calculated below:
|Per year||$1.8 million|
Professional debut, World record, "The Hand of God" move
Diego made his professional debut on October 20, 1976. He was only 15 years old back then.
He was fouled a record 23 times at the world cup. He was always a major threat for the opponent.
Diego used his hand to score in the quarter-final of the 1986 World cup. The hand of god made him a hero for some and a villain for some.
Hosting Argentinian television and Fifth highest goal scorer
Maradona started hosting a show on television. He invited Pele as a guest.
He is also the fifth highest goal scorer for Argentina. He is behind Lionel Messi.
Age, height, and weight
- Maradona was 60 years old when he passed away.
- His height was 1.65 meters.
- His weight was 67 kilograms.
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