In the 1930s there was one. He also had a contemporary. But since the late 70s the combination is repeated often. The Uruguayan Pérez Quinta was the forerunner. There are many in America and some Europeans. And you had the luxury of being led by him.
Before Diego Armando Maradona there was a Diego Armando footballer. Only one. At the same time, a contemporary. But then… a lot. The fanaticism for Diego transcended the borders of Argentina. Uruguayan, Colombian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Bolivian, Chilean, Venezuelan, Mexican, Italian boys were named by their parents in honor of the Argentine star who is turning 60 this October 30.
Diego Armando Crucci He was Uruguayan and played as a central midfielder. In 1932 he arrived hired by Quilmes, in which he barely played two games. Until the youthful appearance of Argentinos, he had been the only player to be called that. In parallel, appeared Diego Armando Gerónimo, a leading marker for Estudiantes de Santiago de Estero who played 14 games in Nacional 82, a tournament that Diego already starred in did not play for a minute because he was focused on the national team. Then the gale came.
Many Argentines who must be in their 40s are surely called Diego Armando after Maradona and the fanaticism of their parents. Soccer players or not, they bear his stamp. Some came to play in First as Barrado or Herner. Others did so in the promotion categories, both from the AFA and from the Federal Council. But the first Diego Armando was a Uruguayan.
Diego Armando Pérez Quinta He was the first professional footballer to be named after Maradona by his parents. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Cerro Largo. And he counted it in Clarion A decade ago: “José, my dad, played right wing and was a Maradona fan. In the town they said to him, how are you going to call him Diego Armando! For the pike with the Argentines, it is understood. But he didn’t care. ” Pérez, who is 40 years old today, played for Cerro Largo, Wanderers, Danubio and Boston River. There is no other Uruguayan footballer with that name.
Too Diego Armando Herner, who was born in 1982 and started in gymnastics, told why it is called like this: “My father Armando gave me my name. And although he kept his motives from me for a while, I liked calling myself that. He is a fan of Boca and a deep admirer of Maradona ”.
A search carried out in 2010 revealed that there were 57 players named Diego Armando. Consulted different databases for 2020 there were already more than a hundred footballers: 25 Colombians, 23 Argentines, 15 Mexicans, 8 Ecuadorians, Paraguayans and Peruvians, 4 Bolivians and Venezuelans 3 Chileans, 2 Guatemalans and Italians, and a German, Costa Rican, Honduran, Maltese, American and the Uruguayan Pérez.
A curiosity, on the website Transfermarkt There are 15 Mexican players born between 2000 and 2006 named Diego Armando. Although it is a popular combination in the Aztec country, the name Diego is not among the 30 most chosen in the period 1930-2008, according to the site babycenter.com. There are also many Colombians, more than Argentines, a mixture of admiration and tradition.
But nevertheless, there is a Diego Armando who was directed by Maradona in Dorados de Sinaloa. “My name is after Maradona. I was born in 1996, my parents had already seen their entire career and they like soccer, ”said Diego Armando Barbosa, who also had the pleasure of taking a picture with his parents’ idol.
Of the four Europeans, one is his son: Diego Armando Sinagra, born in Naples in September 1986, with a tour of various clubs in the minor categories of Italian football. Also in Naples, Montuori was born, the son of a boss from Curva B when Diego was playing. Contento was born in Munich, Germany, to Neapolitan parents and fans of Diego, the same as Cucciardi, born in Malta, also in 1986.
There are 7 other players born in 1986. The best known is the case of the Peruvian Calderón, who was born on October 26, four days after the 26th birthday of D10S. Also left-handed, they nicknamed him Pelusa and he was champion of the Libertadores with the Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito.
The least known is an Argentine who was born five days after the goal against the English and two days before the world title. This is Diego Armando Cumbeto, who came to the world on June 27, 1986 in the town of Primero de Mayo, in Entre Ríos, which in the 2010 census had 1,167 inhabitants. Cumbeto played in Defensores de Pronunciamiento in 2016, in Federal A and the Argentine Cup match against Talleres de Córdoba (0-1).
In addition to all the Diego Armando, there are 9-year-old twins Mara and Dona, and many Brazilian players nicknamed Maradona (Dico Maradona by Bahia in the 1980s or Ewerthon Maradona currently in União Luziense) or the Ecuadorian Maradona Ordoñez from Deportivo Quito, nicknamed that way because of their physical resemblance.
Common surnames like González or Martínez, natives like Puña or strangers like Fetzer, all under a common denominator: deep admiration for the Argentine crack.