Diego Maradona's (ARG) second goal against England at the 1986 FIFA World Cup™ has been voted the FIFA World Cup Goal of the Century in a recent poll hosted on FIFAworldcup.com, the Official Website of the 2002 FIFA World Cup™.

Over the past six weeks, FIFAworldcup.com, in conjunction with Budweiser, has given fans the chance to vote online for the greatest goal ever scored in FIFA World Cup history. Using exclusive video footage from the FIFA archives, football fans from around the globe have selected weekly winners from the past five weeks.

Maradona's unforgettable strike came top of the league winning the final knockout stage this week with 18062 votes. England's Michael OWEN (ENG) followed closely in second with his effort in 1998 finals, edging the legendary PELE (BRA) into third place. The top ten goals of the FIFA World Cup™ Goal of the Century, as voted for by fans from around the world, reads as follows:

FIFAworldcup.com Goal of the Century - FINAL Top Ten Table

  1. Maradona (1986 vs ENG): 18,062 Votes
  2. Michael OWEN (1998 vs ARG): 10,631 Votes
  3. PELE (1958 vs SWE): 9,880 Votes
  4. Maradona (1986 vs BEL): 9,642 Votes
  5. Gheorghe HAGI (1994 vs COL): 9,297 Votes
  6. Saeed OWAIRAN (1994 vs BEL): 6,756 Votes
  7. Roberto BAGGIO (1990 vs CZH): 6,694 Votes
  8. Carlos ALBERTO (1970 vs ITA): 5,388 Votes
  9. Lothar MATTHAEUS (1990 vs YUG): 4,191 Votes
  10. Vincenzo SCIFO (1990 vs URG): 2,935 Votes
Over the 6 weeks of the Goal of the Century competition, a truly amazing 341,460 votes have been cast from over 150 countries worldwide. Making this the first truly global vote where genuine football fans decide who has scored the greatest goal in FIFA World Cup™ history rather than the 'experts' and 'pundits'.

"FIFA is proud to be able to offer the fans of the world online access to its vintage film and TV archives through innovative programs such as the FIFA World Cup™ Goal of the Century," said Charles-Henry CONTAMINE, FIFA's Head of Internet. "It's truly great to see so many fans across the world making their voices heard by voting Maradona's goal 'The FIFA World Cup™ Goal of the Century'" he added.

Now that the voting has finished, the fans can still see the top 3 FIFA World Cup™ Goals of the Century, as presented by Budweiser, on the pure football section of FIFAworldcup.com.

Budweiser, Official FIFA Partner and Official Sponsor of FIFAworldcup.com, was the sponsor of the Goal of the Century, further underscoring the company's active and extensive commitment to football. In addition to the Goal of the Century, Budweiser is also exclusive sponsor of "The Budweiser Challenge-The Official FIFA World Cup Pick and Win Game," a free multi-language game on FIFAworldcup.com, where people can predict the finish of all eight groups and the points each team will earn during the first round of competition. The Budweiser Challenge currently has more than 250,000 players, including more than 12,000 fans in both the "Fans of Argentina" and "Fans of England" groups. "Fans of United States" ranks third with nearly 9,800 group members.

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