Maradona had only recently left hospital where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain.
A short and tenacious playmaker renowned for his incredible dribbling skills and ability to create something out of nothing for himself and his teammates, he helped win titles at every club he played for in Argentina, Italy and Spain.
He played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and to victory and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
And no match encapsulates both his genius and madness as perfectly as the quarter-final against England.
Maradona showed the world he possessed those traits in both of his goals – arguably two of the most famous goals in football history.
His first came after he punched the ball over the despairing leap of Peter Shilton and into the back of the net
Later declaring the goal as the ‘Hand of God’, Maradona even had the audacity and arrogance to celebrate goal in front of the same linesman who failed to see the infringement.
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