Birth Name: Diego Armando Maradona
Place of Birth: Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of Birth: 30 October, 1960
Ethnicity: Argentinian [Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Indigenous]
Diego Maradona is a legendary Argentinian football player. He is considered one of the best players of all time. Diego is the son of Diego Maradona and Dalma Salvadora Franco Cariolichi.
The surname Maradona is often of Galician origin, from Mar da Dona (Spanish, Mar de la Virgen), meaning “Sea of the Virgin”. The surname can also be Italian. Diego’s patrilineal line traces back to a Miguel Fernández de Maradona, born c. 1586, in San Pedro de Arante, Ribadeo, Galicia, Spain. All the Maradonas of Argentina descend from Francisco Fernández de Maradona, born c. 1700, in San Pedro de Arante, Ribadeo, Galicia, Spain, and from his wife, Francisca Arias de Molina y Jofré. They moved to Argentina in 1745.
Diego has two daughters with his former wife, Claudia Villafañe; as well as a son, footballer Diego Sinagra, with Italian-born Cristiana Sinagra; and a son with his former partner, Veronica Ojeda. One of his daughters was married to footballer Sergio Agüero, with whom she has a son.
Diego’s paternal grandmother was the daughter of Santiago Maradona.
Diego’s maternal grandfather was named Atanancio Ramón Edisto Franco.
Diego’s maternal grandmother was Salvadora Kariolić/Cariolichi (the daughter of Matej Kariolić/Cariolichi and Trinidad Creole Ferreira). Matej was Croatian, from Praputnjak, and was the son of Gašpar Polić.
photo credit: Alexandr Mysyakin
Genealogy of Diego Maradona – http://www.geni.com
Information about Diego’s patrilineal line – http://rollongen.blogspot.it (in Spanish)