Diego Maradona & the Hand of God: The most infamous goal in World Cup history

Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final towards England in Mexico in 1986 turned one of the most well-known video games in soccer history thanks to at least one man

There have been few video games in World Cup – and certainly soccer – history which have left extra of an enduring impression on the sport than Argentina’s victory over England in the 1986 quarter-finals in Mexico City.

Played at the well-known Estadio Azteca, the match was taken over by the best participant on the planet at the time – and, for some, of all time – in Argentina’s captain and No.10, Diego Maradona.

But whereas Maradona’s second goal of the game encapsulated his brilliance maybe higher than some other he scored in his profession, his first was an equally good instance of his capability to create controversy and divide opinion.

We are speaking, of course, about the ‘Hand of God’, as Maradona dubbed the opening goal himself after punching an aerial ball previous England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. It was and nonetheless is the most astonishing second in the rivalry between England and Argentina that continues to today.

Diego Maradona in 1986

Diego Maradona Argentina England

Maradona was 25 years outdated and getting into the prime of his profession when the 1986 World Cup got here round. He had damaged the world switch report for the second time by becoming a member of Napoli from Barcelona for ยฃ6.9 million in 1984, and helped the Serie A facet end eighth after which third after they’d narrowly averted relegation the season earlier than he signed. The subsequent marketing campaign, instantly after the World Cup, they gained the Scudetto for the first time in their history and added the Coppa Italia for good measure.

After making his title at Argentinos Juniors with a sensational goalscoring report, Maradona joined Boca Juniors in 1981 and gained his solely Argentine league title. From there he was shortly snapped up by Barcelona, the place he was distinctive when match however suffered from hepatitis after which a damaged ankle consequently of a problem by the notoriously vicious defender Andoni Goikoetxea. Barca met Goikoetxea’s Athletic Club in the 1984 Copa del Rey remaining and after being the topic of violent play and xenophobic insults from the crowd all through the recreation, Maradona sparked a mass brawl that successfully ended his profession at Camp Nou – not that he was particularly reluctant to depart.

He was in a a lot better place when the World Cup in Mexico got here round, with Naples the good match for Maradona the individual in addition to the participant. Having been knocked out by Italy and Brazil in the second spherical of the 1982 match after being fouled a World Cup-record 23 instances towards the Italians, Maradona additionally had one thing to show.

Argentina vs England, World Cup 1986