This post is part of a series prepared by Kenny Laurie for Star Scene.
It will be updated daily in 10 days time, Kenny will name the best World Cup moment ever.
The 1986 World Cup, according to a recent poll in esteemed football magazine ‘FourFourTwo’, has gone down as the greatest World Cup of them all. The thanks for that goes largely to one small man, Diego Armando Maradona.
The pragmatic coach gave the world the 3-5-2 formation that was specifically geared to give his talisman a free role to attack teams as he pleased.
Unfeasibly good goals against Belgium and England helped Argentina to the final; goals of such quality even staunch English fans were able to forgive his notorious ‘hand of god’ goal.
Despite not scoring in the final due to the close attentions of Germany’s Lothar Mattheus, he did manage to find a yard of space late on to lay off the winning goal for Jorge Luis Burruchaga.
The World Cup win coupled with the iconic goals scored put Maradona in the pantheon of all time greats and in a career littered with as much success as controversy, the 1986 finals will always stand out as Maradona’s memorable contribution to football.