- By Ravi Kumar V, 26 November 2020 | 4 MIN READ
Blessed with sublime talent developed in the streets of Buenos Aires, Diego Maradona was just about to change the rules of the game. The youngster showed promise with the ball from an early age.
His passion and skills for football got him to debut in professional soccer just when he was 16 and the World Cup win of 1986 being the pinnacle of his triumphs. In the business world, there are many rags to riches success stories – Maradona’s story is about single-minded determination coupled with his fearless game at a quite different level. Watching him live dribbling the ball was believed to be a pilgrimage for the fans.
Standing 5’5” Maradona did not tower over the opposition, yet, because his physical stature gave him a low center of gravity, he could maneuver brilliantly and the sudden spurt to take on his opponents by surprise.
He had a flair to dribble past opposition on a run, a skill he fittingly demonstrated in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico against, England, when he scored the second goal following a 60 m dribble past five England players. This goal was eventually voted “The Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.
Nothing seemed to matter for him, in a physically challenging contact sport like football, Maradona proved that size does not make a difference. His charisma and leadership on the field had a great influence on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. He acquired an eye for goal and was known to be a free-kick specialist. A gifted genius, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Kid"), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.
"The Hand of God" The goal in the game became an international fiasco in World Cup history. The goal stood, much to the wrath of the English players. The match was played with the background of the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Replays revealed that the first goal was scored by striking the ball with his hand. Maradona described it as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God". Sooner it became to be known as the "Hand of God".
It was on 22 August 2005, Maradona acknowledged on his television show that he had hit the ball with his hand deliberately, and no contact with his head was made. That moment he knew the goal was illegitimate.
England striker Gary Lineker conceded, "When Diego scored that second goal against us, I felt like applauding. I'd never felt like that before, but it's true... and not just because it was such an important game. It was impossible to score such a beautiful goal. He's the greatest player of all time, by a long way. A genuine phenomenon.
Fondly remembered as the best player of his generation, as well as one of the greatest players of the game by several pundits, players, and managers. Maradona's football skills are out of the world, one of the most clever and skilled players in the history of football, the greatest of dribblers and free-kick takers, a saga in the world of soccer.
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