Even before the tournament there was his bizarre training techniques, he was always good for a juicy quote in press conferences and just a couple of days ago he was filmed smoking a cigar whilst playing in a practice match with his team.
So whilst undoubtedly the star of the show in South Africa, today Maradona became the fall guy as his team were ripped apart by a rampant Germany.
All the loving he bestowed on his players could only go so far with a weak defence and so it proved today.
Maradona's only impact from the touchline was to throw on more attacking players which simply left more holes in the Argentina defence.
Touching footage, below, has emerged of Maradona embracing his daughter Dalma in the aftermath of defeat whilst a little eerily, German boss Joachim Loew comes into shot but decides not to break up the hug.
Related video: Maradona's reaction to all four goals conceded to Germany.