Maradona led Argentina in the 1986 World Cup, defeating West Germany and winning the championship.
But the most impressive thing for fans (especially England fans) is probably the quarter-finals between Argentina and England. That game made the world love and hate Maradona, leaving behind a classic picture of his football career.
From the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, during the heyday of the British Empire, Argentina was an unofficial part of the British Empire. The sport of football was also spread to Argentina and throughout the world with the British influence.
Football breaks the concept of social class in Argentina, penetrates into the hearts of the local people, and develops a unique style of South American football, which is especially suitable for footballers like Maradona who do not win by tall.
South American style football emphasizes personal skills, and the fancy dribbling skills like dance steps have also allowed South American football to win internationally and put South American countries on the world stage.
Maradona is the most perfect story of South American football. From Italian immigrants and Native American descent, he grew up in a poor residential area outside Buenos Aires. Maradona has been a street football kid since he was a child.
Maradona playing in Naples, Italy
His unremarkable growth background is exactly the portrayal of that generation of Argentines. The military government is in power, the socio-economic is embarrassed, foreign military operations have also been defeated, and everyone puts their dreams on football.
Just 4 years before the match between Argentina and England, in 1982, the two countries had a war because of the Malvinas Islands, and the British finally won and regained control of the Malvinas Islands.
At this time, just in time for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Argentina finally had the hope of defeating England on the pitch and avenging its shame.
“hand of God”
In the match against England, Maradona scored two goals, and finally eliminated England 2-1, venting grievances for all the Argentines.
The first goal was the infamous “Hand of God” (or “Devil’s Hand” if you are an English fan) in the 51st minute of the game. Maradona lifted his left while jumping up. With the arm on the side of the head, the ball is hit into the England goal.
The controversial goal made the English players angry and immediately protested to the referee, but the referee Nasser did not see Maradona’s hand touching the ball, so he determined that the goal was valid.
But just 5 minutes later, Maradona’s second goal convinced England to lose.
“Goal of the Century”
This is called “the best goal of the century” can be said to be a personal show of Maradona. He got the chance to hold the ball in Argentina’s own half, and one person continuously dribbled the ball and broke through the defense of the entire England. Kick the ball into the goal.
If the first goal was controversial, no one would deny it, but the second goal made the Argentine ecstatic. The shame and resentment and anger in the heart of being defeated by the power of the colonial empire swept away on the court. .
For the Argentines, this is more than just winning a football game, it is winning a football game against England, eliminating England in the World Cup, and making Maradona regarded as a national hero by the Argentines. God-like idol.
But for Maradona personally, this may be a mixed blessing. After all, he has to bear pressure after becoming a hero, and his future will never be the same.