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Maradona lifts the 1986 World Cup
Give me a kiss you little beauty!
Diego Maradona

When it comes to individual skill, nobody can rival Maradona.

Despite being only 5ft 5in, he had incredible upper body strength and a blistering shot.

And his bursts of pace and exceptional close control made him an expert dribbler.

When he decided to run with the ball, defenders simply couldn't get near him.

There are few finer sights than the little Argentine jinking past opponents with ease.

But for all Maradona's talent, he seemed forever surrounded by controversy.

This contrast was never more striking than in a 1986 World Cup quarter-final match against England.

Maradona on the ball
Go on, try and tackle me!

Midway through the first half, he clearly punched the ball past English goalie Peter Shilton with his fist.

To England's dismay, the referee was fooled and allowed the goal to stand.

Maradona later infamously claimed that the goal was scored by "the Hand of God".

But four minutes later, he showed his true brilliance.

He picked the ball up inside his own half and dribbled past five England players, including the goalkeeper, before slotting home.

It's rated as the greatest goal of all time.

He scored two more fine individual goals in the semi-final against Belgium and inspired Argentina to a 3-2 win over West Germany in the final.

There are only a few players who can win a match on their own.

Maradona went one better - he won the World Cup on his own.

Verdict: A tad crazy, but a total genius. There may never be another blessed with his natural ability.



Football's legends
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Diego Maradona
Johan Cruyff
Bobby Moore

Diego Maradona factfile
Born: Argentina, 1960
Caps: 90
Goals: 34
Likely to say: "I'll take you all on!"
Unlikely to say: "Ok I admit it, that ref was blind as a bat!"

Did you know?
Argentina's national team tried to retire Maradona's famous number 10 shirt
But football's world governing body Fifa said they couldn't



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