There are few players who did leave a strong footprint on football. Diego Armando Maradona is one of them. Some will argue that in his case, it’s not a footprint but a fingerprint, but I would leave the joke at that. Fantastic player, technically over everybody else during his time, he is called God by a whole country. He now turned 50, and Puma celebrates his legacy.
We are in 2004, Maradona spent 10 days in intensive care with high blood pressure, breathing problems and a lung infection. I remember watching the news where more than 100 people queuing to give blood so that their idol could live.
This gives you the dimension he has and how people see him. Rising from a Buenos Aires slum to lead Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 , Maradona’s is the ultimate rags-to-riches story. In Argentina, he has gained the status of the likes of Che Guevara – whose image is tattooed on his arm – and Eva Peron.
Puma designed an entire collection as a tribute to the Argentine star. A range available since October 30 includes the legendary Puma King Diego Finale football shoe, a trainer, a graphic tee, a duffle bag, a fotball and a jacket. This initiative goes beyond launching products on store shelves. It’s a tribute to one of the greatest football icon in the world. It’s a thank you for giving people hope during difficult times, and it’s a living proof that growing up in a slum does not mean that you can’t make it.
The collection [Source: Puma.com]:
This boot takes its design inspiration from the 1986 PUMA Mexico Finale and brings it to new life with Maradona branding and Argentina’s colors of sky blue and white. It utilizes the PUMA AptoLast, providing a snug fit. The upper is a premium K-leather which shapes to the foot for superior ball touch. The outsole is made of a lightweight high-performance material while a traditional fold over tongue provides a clean kicking area.
This limited edition ball is part of the King Diego Collection, which celebrates his 50th birthday, his epic plays on the pitch, and his relationship with PUMA. Its constructed from 32 panels with equal surface areas for reduced seam-stress and a perfectly round shape. The hand stitched panels are combined with multilayered backing for enhanced stability and aerodynamics, reinforced by the four wing carbon latex bladder.
It hails his epic 1986 tournament, taking its design inspiration from the PUMA Mexico Finale boot and bringing it to new life with Maradona branding and Argentina’s colors of sky blue and white. The boot features a soft full grain leather, combined with a football inspired outsole that can be used for training and everyday street use.
This graphic tee is a fresh spin on a design classic with its Maradona branding and Argentina’s colors of sky blue and white. It features signature PUMA Cat embroidery, an oversized Maradona print, and Maradona’s signature embroidered on the upper back. A King Maradona badge sits on the sleeve, set off by contrast cuffs and gold stitching.
This jacket a fresh spin on a design classic with its Maradona branding and Argentina’s colors of sky blue and white. It features signature PUMA Cat embroidery alongside King Maradona badges and Maradona’s signature on the upper back. Additional design elements include zipped side pockets, a woven front overlay, and a rib hem and bottom, all topped off with gold stitching on the pockets and back of sleeves.