Maradona and the value of home

Diego Maradona was the greatest footballer of his era. Some would argue the best of all time.

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His national team – Argentina – have won two World Cups in their history. Firstly in 1978 – in Argentina (when Maradona was 17 and thought of as too young by the coach), and then in 1986 – in Mexico – when an unfancied team led by Maradona at his peak confounded expectations to lift the trophy.

One year later – in 1987 – Maradona also led the Italian club Napoli to their first ever Italian title. Another huge achievement but when he was interviewed immediately after the final game of the season, in a moment of enormous personal triumph and vindication – interestingly he spoke not of his joy at winning the title, not of how it compared to winning the World Cup one year previously, but of his hurt and anger at being left out of the 1978 squad.

Why? Because the coach’s decision denied him the very special opportunity of winning the World Cup in his home country. He then went on to say that winning the championship with Napoli meant more to him than winning the World Cup with Argentina in 1986. Why? Because he did it at home, in his adopted home city of Napoli, among people he cared about.

Unlike Maradona, we won’t all be the best in the world at what we do. We won’t all be known and lauded around the world for our feats in whatever our line of work is.

But we can recognise how much it can mean to us and our neighbours to do good work at home, in our community, for and around people that matter to us.

At the very least it’s a great place to start.