We are down to less than a week until the start of the World Cup in Brazil and continue our Top 50 World Cup moments – today number 6: Maradona’s Goal Of The Century.
Some might say today’s World Cup moment is the best moment in World Cup history. Well, it’s definitely the best goal in World Cup history.
It was the second half of Argentina’s quarter-final against England at the 1986 World Cup and it’s not the ‘Hand of God’.
Maradona’s moment of magic came moments after arguably the most controversial goal in World Cup history. England were still fuming over Maradona’s 1-0 as he picked up the ball in his own half.
He headed straight towards goal and it didn’t matter how many Englishmen were in his way, they weren’t going to stop him.
Maradona ran literally passed the whole England team and it looked as if the ball was glued to his foot.
Player after player tried to take the ball off him, but Maradona just didn’t bother. Finally, he was in on England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, who was also unable to stop him.
Maradona rounded him, and before one English defender could foul him from behind, he slid the ball into the empty net.
This goal was pure individual class and even the English bench wanted to applaud it.
In World Cup’s, stars often do not live up to the expectations, but in 1986 Diego Maradona showed why he was the best player in the world at the time, carrying Argentina to win the trophy.
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