Diego Maradona | 10 Historic World Cup Heroes

Diego Maradona

The legendary Argentinian player participated in 4 World Cups with his national team (1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994), and leading the South American nation to victory in 1986. Argentina had a previous World Cup victory in 1978. For a long time, Maradona was the inspiration of his country (and fans) and a demi-god, especially in the difficult situation faced by Argentina in 1986 when they went up against the victors in the recent Falklands War. He scored 5 goals in that tournament, two against England in the quarter-final, one of them the history-making and infamous "Hand of God"; the other an incredible dribble from his own half to the opposite side, ending in a sublime goal. He worked another miracle in the semi-finals against Belgium, scoring two goals. Argentina went on to play the finals against West Germany, defeating them 3-2 and clinching their second World Cup. West Germany and Argentina would meet again the World Cup in 1990, but El Pibe was no longer the player he had been. The Germans exacted revenge and won 1-0. Maradona was still voted the tournament’s third-best player despite the loss and his waning talent. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.

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