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Meet the player who was nicknamed "hand of god" after he scored a goal with his hand!

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By Jerryzee01 | self meida writer
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It is believed that game of football is defined with set out rules and regulations. And every players, teams and coaches are to abide by the rule governing the game.

When a ball touches your hand is regarded as a foul in the game of soccer.

Despite this rule, a player was noted scoring with his hand which made him famous in the 1986 semi final in mexico.

The Argentine scored the most infamous goal in football history against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico – and then the greatest shortly after Diego Maradona once said that his enduring fame owes much to the 'Hand of God'.

The hand of God" was a phrase used by the Argentine footballer Diego Maradona to describe a goal that he scored during the Argentina v England quarter finals match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Football legend Diego Maradona, who died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 60, played an important role in seizing the 1986 World Cup for Argentina against England, which also included the well-known 'hand of god' remark.

The great maradona

Diego Maradona, in full Diego Armando Maradona, (born October 30, 1960, Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina—died November 25, 2020, Tigre, Buenos Aires), Argentine football (soccer) player who is generally regarded as the top footballer of the 1980s and one of the greatest of all time. 

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century awdeath

Maradona's vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature, which gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other players. 

Renowned for his ability to control the ball and create scoring opportunities for himself and others, he led club teams to championships in Argentina, Italy, and Spain, and he starred on the Argentine national team that won the 1986 World Cup.

The "hand of god" moment

The goal took place on 22 June 1986, at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Under association football rules, Maradona should have received a yellow card for using his hand and the goal disallowed.

He said "When I saw that it was going up, I said 'I'll never reach it, please come down' and an idea came to me: put your hand in and stick your head in."

The Argentine didn't know where the ball fell until he saw it in the net, when he went to celebrate it as if it were the most legal of them all.

However, as the referees did not have a clear view of the play and video assistant referee technology did not yet exist, the goal stood and Argentina led 1–0.

The game ended with a 2–1 win for the Argentines, thanks to a second goal scored by Maradona, known as the "Goal of the Century". After the match, Diego Maradona stated that the goal was scored "a little with his head, and a little with the hand of God".


The referee's decision

The referees had overseen the handball moment and there was no technology to reverse a decision back in those days. The 1986 World Cup against England elevated Maradona to the status of a legend.

Ali Bin Nasser who was the referee said he has never blamed himself for failing to notice Maradona using his left hand to beat the onrushing England goalkeeper Shilton to a miscued attempted clearance from Steve Hodge in the 51st minute of the game. The Tunisian official has always insisted that he was let down by his linesman, Bogdan Dochev.

“If you look at the match, you can see that Dochev was in a better position,” Bin Nasser told Olé in 2001.

Upon replay, however, it became obvious that the 5′5″ Maradona hadn’t somehow headed the ball past his far taller opponent. He had jammed the ball in with an upraised fist. England protested furiously (and rightly) for handball. The referee ignored them and the goal was allowed to stand.

The English team were annoyed

Recalling the 1986 quarter-final, Shilton said: "None of us expected what happened next. How could we? He challenged me for a high, looping ball, but knew he wouldn't get it with his head, so he punched it into the net. A clear offence. Cheating.

For the first time in the game, we let him get a run on us and he scored. It was a great goal but we were in no doubt — without the first goal he would not have scored the second.”

England’s most-capped player in history said that he would only appear with the Argentine if he gave an indication that he would apologise, but it never arrived.

His death

On 25 November 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona suffered a heart attack and died at his home in Dique Luján, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Maradona's coffin – draped in Argentina's national flag and three Maradona number 10 jerseys (Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors and Argentina) – was lying in state at the Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada, with mourners filing past his coffin.

The Napoli and Argentina icon is believed to have experienced cardiac arrest and medics were unfortunately unable to revive him.

San Isidro attorney general John Broyad said that Maradona's death was "a result of natural causes" and stressed that no 'foul play' was noted.

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