Sunday, November 06, 2005


Maradona prior to hospitalisation in January

I have a thing for sports and sporting legends. I must confess I was never a good sportsman and the only sport that I am reasonably good at, is swimming. But then this aint about me. Ever since Maradona retired, I have followed his degeneration to a cocaine addicted, overweight slob. And it led me to wonder if this was the genius who had captured my imagination as a little child. There's always been this aura about Maradona's flawed genius. The infamous "Hand of God" goal just adds to the legend. So, it was natural that when Diego was admitted in a critical, near fatal condition, it felt like a part of me was dying. Conversely, his recovery has also been awe inspiring. Take a look at the before and after pictures.

A file photo taken at Amsterdam, in July this year

Its strange how quickly sportsmen come a full circle. I wonder if lesser mortals like me can do that with similar ease...?
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