Diego Maradona is a living legend, the best player I have ever watched in my life. I was only 8 when the World Cup 1986 was televised but he showed the whole world the future for virtuosic, creative skills in football that players like Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo have been strongly influenced by.

It was a sickener, but this is the first goal I saw from the little Argentinian genius. It was the winning goal against England, knocking us out at the quarter final stage after his infamous Hand of God goal where he steered the ball past goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton.Watch how Maradona skips past Peter Beardsley (shirt number 20) with ease and then executes a perfect Cruyff turn taking him away from Peter Reid (shirt number 16). It could be said that the Mexican weather made England a bit leggy, especially in midfield but the number 10’s change of direction and pace just destroyed us. Maradona’s acceleration whilst keeping the ball under control with his gifted left foot is immense, coming down the right wing to then come inside past England warhorse Terry Butcher and then turn round the outside of  central defender Alvin Martin. Maradona keeps dribbling with the ball stuck to his left boot, opening the angle of the goal infront by selling goalkeeper Shilton a dummy. Check out how left back Kenny Sansom has his best effort to uproot Maradona in a desperate attempt to prevent conceding a second goal but Diego stay strong and slots it home.

Years later and this one still leaves me mesmerised by how much skill this guy could demonstrate at the very highest level. On this youtube clip of Maradon 1986 I really like the reverse view to, check it out towards the end.


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