Maradona’s hand of God

By Michael Kachitsa

Former Argentinian Diego Maradona scored one of the most underhanded goals in World Cup history in 1986. It’s known as the “Hand of God.”

Standing at 5-foot-5 (1.65 meters), Maradona had a low center of gravity allied with exceptional strength, a combination that allowed him to wiggle free from opponents in a flash.

After his disappointment at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, where he was sent off in Argentina’s final match against Brazil, Maradona turned up in Mexico with a heap of pressure on his back.

It was clear he was one of the most talented players in the history of the game, but to be bracketed alongside Pele as the best ever, he surely needed to win the World Cup.

Maradona would have more highs — and lows — in his career, but his exploits in 1986 will forever seal his status as one of the greatest players of all time.

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