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July 9th, marks the 200th Independence Day of Argentina. Sure, it’s known for its tango, steak and wine, yet its also generated some of the finest athletes the world of sports has even seen. So on this the Bicentenary of the Independence of the Argentine Republic we thought it a fine time to take a look at some of them.

1. Diego Maradona

No list would be complete without listing, Diego Armando Maradona also known as El Pibe De Oro. Many in the sport of football, including writers, fans, former and current players alike, regard Maradona as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé, so perhaps such a claim is not unreasonable. The numbers, victories and titles prove it. The small forward shone in his native country and the Italian Serie A during his illustrious career with Argentinos & Napoli, but it was his performance in international play that made him a god. Maradona, was a veteran of four World Cups, most notable is 1986, when he captained Argentina to victory over powerhouse Germany.

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