Remembering Diego Maradona who powered Argentina to 1986 World Cup win: In pics

Zee Media Bureau | Nov 26, 2020, 07:37 AM IST

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday (November 25, 2020) aged 60, reportedly due to a heart attack. Maradona who was widely considered to be the greatest football player of all time had the ability to single-handedly change the fortunes of the game with his mesmerizing dribbling skills. 


The skilful player was perhaps the best on display in the 1986 World Cup when he had powered Argentina to their second World Cup title. 



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In the quarter-final of the tournament against England, Maradona had scored the two most famous goals in football history – in a span of just four minutes.


While no team could open the scoring in the first half, the second half of the game scripted itself into the annals of sporting history. In the 51st minute, Maradona played a one-two with his teammate Jorge Valdano inside but English defender Steve Hodge miscued his clearance inside the penalty area and the ball looped up. Even though English goalkeeper Peter Shilton came off his line to clear the goal but Maradona, who had continued his run from earlier on, leapt in the air and slotted the ball with his left hand. 



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Maradona reacts to the yellow card during the 1986 World Cup Final against Germany in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.



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Born on October 30, in Argentina's Lanús, Maradona joined the Los Cebollitas youth team at the age of 10 and turned professional after 5 years when he joined the Argentinos Juniors.


In 1978, he became the youngest player ever to be picked by the Argentine national team.



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Maradona, the then coach of Argentina's national soccer team during a news conference in Munich.


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Maradona kicks the ball during a charity soccer match called 'Derby of the Heart' at the Olympic stadium in Rome.




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Maradona balances a ball on his head during a photocall at the 61st Cannes Film Festival.


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Former Brazilian retired professional footballer Pelé mourned the death of Argentine star Diego Maradona and expressed his grief.


Pele said, "Sad news to lose a friend like that. May God give enough strength to his family. For sure, one day we will kick a ball together in heaven."


In a poll that was conducted by FIFA, Maradona was jointly voted as the ‘Player of the Century’ along with Pele.



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Maradona during his visit to Kolkata.


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Maradona during Argentina v Holland 2006 FIFA World Cup (Germany) match.



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