There was a day that he could have signed with a historic club in the Premier League but greed and enormous amounts of money were more than his desire to succeed.
According to statements by journalist John Ludden to the media ‘The Sportsman’ and rescued by ‘MedioTiempo’, it was revealed that Sheffield United, one of the sensation clubs of this moment in the Premier League, tried to sign Maradona in the late 70’s and is that at only 17 years old, the Argentine was already a superstar.
“Diego was ready to go. It was a real offer, around 400 thousand pounds (450 thousand euros), to take Maradona. Plane tickets were even reserved. Everything was ready to take the leap but the greed of his agents prevented it from happening,” said this man about Maradona’s past.
‘The fluff’ wanted to go to Europe, accept the 450 thousand euros at the time was an astronomical amount and he knew he had everything to shine but it was his agents and his need to have more and more money, which prevented Sheffield from becoming with the services of Maradona.
“The greed of his agents made them ask for more money and the transfer stopped. He was 17 years old and already a genius, it can be said that it was a missed opportunity. In the end, Sheffield United ended up signing Alejandro Sabella,” said Ludden.
He moved to FC Barcelona in 1982, it didn’t take him long to fulfill his dream, he became a legend at Napoli and from there came an endless number of achievements, including the title of the Argentina National Team.
Diego Armando Maradona was one of the most lurking players at the time for great clubs in the world, not only in South America and this surely is not the only story of a failed signing.