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Diego Maradona stands with his hands on his hips, the long-sleeved shirt bearing two long stripes tucked into his white shorts. The striped shirt is not yet the colours of Argentina, the one in which he would lift the World Cup above his head as his team-mates hauled their hero to the skies, to move him even closer to the gods.

He's only a boy. A block of hair on top of a head that bears the face of innocence. Maradona is bearing the shirt of Los Cebollitas, or the Little Onions, the youth team of Argentinos Juniors, the sports club based in La Paternal, Buenos Aires.

He was not yet Maradona, the superstar known by one name alone, a blurred haze of greatness and drug-fuelled chaos, but just little Diego. The boy who would be king.

Long before his Argentina days, Diego Maradona represented Argentinos Juniors, the sports club in La Paternal, Buenos Aires

Long before his Argentina days, Diego Maradona represented Argentinos Juniors, the sports club in La Paternal, Buenos Aires

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The Mail on Sunday has been given exclusive access to the Maradona family album and can reveal unseen snaps of the legend

The Mail on Sunday has been given exclusive access to the Maradona family album and can reveal unseen snaps of the legend

Even then he possessed a force that pulled others toward him, the spark of genius out of which the player many believe the greatest ever to play the game would form.

'The first day there were three of us watching,' recounts Rodolfo Fernandez, an Argentinos Juniors fan. 'The second day 10, the third day 20. All to watch this boy and how he played.'

In November last year, it had become thousands who flocked to the streets of Buenos Aires, this time to mourn the death of Maradona aged 60.

They shed tears, cried out, laid flowers and lit candles.

The boy born and raised in a shanty town outside Buenos Aires became the superstar of Naples and a huge name worldwide

The boy born and raised in a shanty town outside Buenos Aires became the superstar of Naples and a huge name worldwide

Napoli have now renamed their stadium after the man who transformed their fortunes and was known for living the high life

Napoli have now renamed their stadium after the man who transformed their fortunes and was known for living the high life

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His image adorned the front pages of newspapers across the world, all of them packed with tributes.

At Napoli, they renamed the stadium after him, to honour the man who brought the club such frenzied success and gave their rundown city an idol.

And, in a special new book released next month, Maradona's life will be celebrated once more. The Mail on Sunday has been given exclusive access to the Maradona family photo album and can reveal previously

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