The 30 October will mark the 59th birthday of one of the greatest footballers of all-time. Diego Maradona will celebrate his birthday later this month and with the day on the horizon, we take a look at 3 iconic Diego Maradona goals.
Napoli were one season away from winning their first Serie A title during the 1985-86 season. The club would end up finishing third as Maradona led Napoli on a fight that took them within six points of winning their first Scudetto. In October, the Partenopei were at home against Hellas Verona and Maradona scored one of his greatest goals in a Napoli shirt.
Receiving the ball some 35-plus yards from goal, Maradona casually struck it and scored an unbelievable golazo! Notice all the of the fans on hand in the San Paolo and you can see just how much the city of Naples loved the midfielder.
2. Hand of God
Of course, one of Maradona’s most famous moments came in an Argentina shirt at World Cup 1986. The Hand of God goal came against England as the hot Mexican sun beat down on the players.
How the referee did not see Maradona’s hand rise above his head to bat the ball into the goal is one of those mysteries of life. The goal stood despite the obvious handball and it has lived in infamy ever since.
1. Maradona’s second goal versus England
While the Hand of God goal was memorable and is what most fans think of when they recall Maradona’s brilliance, it was his second goal of the game that was far better.
Known as the Goal of the Century, Diego Maradona shredded England’s defence like it was Argentine Carne Asada. The midfielder dribbled through England’s defence as players swiped at his legs. Maradona weaved his way through several players and scored a tremendous goal. The entire move was a precursor to what fans began seeing over 20 years later when Lionel Messi began playing for Barcelona.