Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60 in Argentina, Napoli. He marked himself out as one of the best footballers of all time. He scored 34 goals for Argentina and an incredible 258 goals for his club teams. Here, we relive his five greatest goals.
1. Argentina 2-1 England, 1986 World Cup Quarter-Final
It’s quite a testament to the diminutive genius’s second goal in this World Cup quarter-final that it only ever-so-slightly overshadowed his opener.
Maradona barely deviates from his path towards goal the moment he spins free in midfield, with a few drops of the shoulder enough to embarrass England for the second time in the space of five minutes and called the ‘Goal of the Century’
2. Argentina 2-0 Belgium, 1986 World Cup Semi-Final
The second goal of another game against Belgium in the semi-finals of the same World Cup in 1986 was stunning.
Maradona Bamboozled Belgium
Picking the ball up on the edge of midfield in the 63rd minute having already put Argentina a goal ahead, he quickly advanced and sent three Belgium defenders packing with one shimmy which allowed him to charge into the penalty area.
3. Napoli 3-0 Juventus, 1988-89 UEFA Cup Quarter-Final
Napoli went on to win the UEFA Cup in 1989 but made a fine job of even getting to the final.
In the quarter -final match, Maradona – in a fine personal display – slapped home a 10th-minute penalty to open the scoring and then watched team-mate Andrea Carnevale thump in a stonking second from the edge of the box on half-time.
4. Brazil 0-1 Argentina, 1990 World Cup Last 16
Even a half-fit Diego Maradona, Argentina Football legend, was able to influence a World Cup game against Argentina’s arch-rivals. Make no mistake, though: this was not the swashbuckling side of 1986, and with El Diego carrying a knee knack into the tournament, things were always going to be an uphill struggle for the Albiceleste. Yet they still reached the final anyway.
5. Argentina 4-0 Greece, 1994 World Cup Group
Argentina demolished Greece 4-0 in their opening game, with Gabriel Batistuta plundering a hat-trick, but the only thing anyone really remembers is Argentina football legend Diego Maradona sealing an exceptional one-touch team move and the camera-bawling celebration that followed.
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