Argentina superstar Diego Maradona moved to Barcelona for a then world-record £5million fee on this day in 1982.
It could have been a match made in heaven but Maradona only lasted two seasons at the Nou Camp before moving on to Napoli, where he made much more of an impression and is still revered.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look back at Maradona’s time with Barcelona.
Coming to Europe
The 1982 World Cup in Spain afforded Barcelona fans an early glimpse of Maradona, although the diminutive forward was unable to make his presence felt, shackled and repeatedly fouled by defenders eager to contain him. He scored twice in five games but his volatility also came to the fore after he was sent off for lashing out at Joao Batista as Argentina were eliminated in the second group stage.
Making an impression
While he failed to make a positive first impression, Maradona nevertheless seemed to settle at Barcelona, helping them to a treble in domestic cup competitions the year after he arrived. Team-mate Lobo Carrasco once observed: “I remember our early training sessions with him: the rest of the team were so amazed that they just stood and watched him. We all thought ourselves privileged to be witnesses of his genius.” Maradona’s artistry also saw him applauded by Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu after a superb solo goal in June 1983, a very rare sight.