SOCCER LEGENDS

DIEGO MARADONA, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PLAYER

Diego Maradona was a man embroiled with controversy yet built a legendary status for himself...

 

Mexico '86 was the perfect stage where the Argentine legend single-handedly carried his team to World Cup Glory ahead of more fancied sides, attaining global fame and status as the Greatest player the game has ever seen.

 

On their Group A game vs Italy, the Albiceleste takes shape with Maradona as the focal point. The Napoli star opened his 1986 World Cup account with an exquisite finish past Galli, as Argentina continued their unbeaten start in Mexico.

 

Against Italy, Maradona had to put up with several kicks that most likely would have left any other player writhing in agony and out of the game. Enzo Bearzot's team focused on not giving the Napoli star breathing space.

 

The Argentina captain spun like a tornado and flew around the back of the fearsome Gaetano Scirea. Goalkeeper Giovanni Galli was then beaten with a touch of the highest quality.

 

His goal, the first of five at the World Cup, was a display of free-flowing genius, the ingredient he needed to become the best in the world.

DIEGO MARADONA 1986 WORLD CUP MATCH WORN ARGENTINA JERSEY - WORLD'S MOST ICONIC JERSEY

This is the actual jersey that the legendary Diego Maradona wore for Argentina during the 1986 World Cup match vs Italy on 5 June 1986 at the Cuauhtemoc Stadium in Puebla.  This was one of the key matches that the Argentina team faced in Mexico '86 with Maradona giving one of the best performances of his career.