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SV Maradona (No. 10) coming out onto field, for Argentinos Juniors surrounded by fans and reporters, being patted on back (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Photographers TO SV Maradona receiving medal
CU PULL OUT TO GV Team photograph
GV Free kick being taken
GV Maradona with ball
GV Maradona comes out leading Boca, and shown holding ball high
GV PAN FROM Photographers TO posing team
CU PULL OUT TO GV Maradona running
SV Posing for photograph with Argentinos goalkeeper
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Soccer Football ... and a possible world record transfer deal. After weeks of negotiations, the Argentine star Diego Maradona, has signed a contract to move from Argentinos Juniors to the rival Buenos Aires club, Boca Juniors. Boca have agreed to pay four million dollars for a one-year loan, with an option to buy Maradona outright for a further four million dollars at the end of the year.
SYNOPSIS: An early announcement said twenty-year old Maradona would be sold outright for nine million dollars. That was thought to be a world record. But it ran into difficulties when one of the financial backers of the deal withdrew his support. So it was back to the negotiating table to work out the new settlement. If the full deal goes ahead it may still be a record. After it was announced, Maradona turned out playing the first half for his old club, and the second half for the new.
Maradona has been the darling of Argentina ever since he emerged two years ago as an eighteen-year old from the Buenos Aires slums. He helped Argentina win the junior world cup in Japan. Now, almost every day, his face is in the press or on television.
Maradona is renowned as a midfield player with a strong attacking thrust, and Argentinos Juniors turned down a series of bids for him.
Finally, a rich deal came through, and Maradona has switched to Boca Juniors, to the delight of its supporters.
Maradona has been compared to the immortal Brazilian, Pele. Both grew up in slums, and dazzled crowds with their individual skills. Maradona himself disagrees. There is only one Pele, he says. After this match he posed for pictures with his former goalkeeper.