Hand of God Goal: Football legend Diego Maradona of Argentina has died at the age of 60. Diego Maradona has been a major contributor to Argentina’s becoming the world champion in 1986. After which he became the golden boy. Even though Maradona’s childhood was spent in poverty, but the name and money that football brought him, only a select few players have got it. The most interesting anecdote of Maradona is related to the name of ‘Hand of God’. In fact, thanks to this goal, Argentina made it to the semi-finals of the 1986 World Cup and later won the trophy. What is this Hand of God goal, and some interesting stories related to Maradona…..
1986 World Cup and Hand of God
Maradona was playing for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup. The story of Hang of God happened in the quarter finals of this tournament. In the quarter-final match against England, Maradona scored two goals in the match. One of these goals is called Hand of God. Actually there was a goal in this match, in which the football went to England’s goal post by hitting Maradona’s hand. Here England was out of the match. After the match, Maradona admitted that the goal had hit his head and hand. He called it the hand of God. Since then it was called Hand of God Goal. It was also chosen by the people as the Goal of the Century.
won the title
From here the team reached the semi-finals and then to the finals. Argentina won 2–1 against England in the quarter-finals. In that World Cup, Argentina became the champion for the second time on the strength of Maradona. Argentina won the trophy for the second time after beating West Germany 3-2 in the final. Maradona scored 5 goals in this tournament.
played 4 world cups
Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 matches for Argentina and played 4 World Cups for his country. Maradona holds the record for playing the most World Cup matches as a captain. Maradona has played 16 World Cup matches for Argentina as a captain, while he has participated in a total of 21 World Cup matches. Maradona made his professional debut at the age of just 15. On October 20, 1976, Maradona played his first match for Argentinos Junior.
Maradona and Lionel Messi are the only footballers to have won the Golden Ball title in FIFA U-20 and FIFA World Cup. Maradona received the Golden Ball Award in the 1986 World Cup. Under his captaincy, Argentina won the title match by defeating West Germany 3-2.
addicted to drugs
When Maradona’s career was at its peak, he was addicted to drugs at the same time. He used to take cocaine. Maradona was banned by his club Napoli in 1991 for 15 months for using cocaine. The same year he was arrested in Buenos Aires with 500 grams of cocaine. He was then given a sentence of 14 months. Drugs ended his football career. In 1997, he said goodbye to football.