One of the most outspoken figures in the world game, Diego Maradona is never afraid to say exactly what is on his mind. Here are some of the most memorable Maradona quotes.
"God makes me play well. That is why I always make the sign of the cross when I walk out onto the field. I feel I would be betraying Him if I didn't."Maradona’s religion is important to him, as he makes clear in his autobiography El Diego.
"I worked hard all my life for this. Those who say I don't deserve anything, that it all came easy, can kiss my ass."Maradona shortly before retirement.
"I was, I am and I always will be a drug addict. A person who gets involved in drugs has to fight it every day."Maradona speaks in 1996, as part of Argentina's anti-drugs campaign.
"It was the hand of God."Maradona's response when questioned by reporters about the infamous Hand of God goal against England.
"It was like pick-pocketing the English and stealing a win."Maradona, some years later, on the Hand of God goal.
"My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest are a product of my money and mistakes."Maradona on fatherhood.
"The people voted for me. Now they want me to share the prize with Pele. I'm not going to share the prize with anybody."Maradona on being voted Fifa's joint Player of the Century.
"I did it with the hand of reason."Maradona on smashing the car of a photographer.
"I think Bush is a murderer. I'm going to head the march against him stepping foot on Argentine soil."Maradona on American politics.
"To those who did not believe: now suck my d**k - I'm sorry ladies for my words - and keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking d**ks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinean people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking d**ks."Maradona speaking to the press after Argentina qualified for the World Cup against Uruguay in 2009.
"I don't care what you people think about me as a manager. I couldn't care less. I've got my 23 players and I'm ready to die with them. I don't speak about starters or substitutes. I've got 23 warriors and any of them can play."Maradona ahead of the 2010 World Cup campaign where he coached his country.
"Anyone saying he didn't have a great World Cup is an idiot."Maradona on Lionel Messi after he failed to score at the 2010 World Cup.