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Mexico 1986

Stars align in appreciation for Goal of the Century


Exactly 30 years ago, on 22 June 1986, Diego Maradona left an indelible mark on FIFA World Cup™ history. In an 11-second burst of genius, he conjured up what * *users voted as the best goal scored across the 20 editions of the global showpiece.

To celebrate this anniversary, we sat down with some of the world's best players from recent years to relive the goal in all its glory and dissect it in detail. What does it take to pull off a rampaging run like that one? O Fenômeno Ronaldo, who was nine years old at the time of the tournament, knows a thing or two about such exploits and gave us the lowdown. Similarly bowled over by this masterpiece were Diego Forlan, all the more so because Mexico 1986 was "the first World Cup" he "followed closely", and Samuel Eto'o, who declared it the best goal of all time, albeit with apologies to Pele.

That is not all. Lionel Messi, who netted an almost identical effort for Barcelona against Getafe, told us about the legacy of Maradona's moment of magic among all Argentinians.

However, this exercise was not all about goalscorers. We also asked former star defender Fabio Cannavaro, a Maradona devotee like most Neapolitans, about the failings of the England backline, and enlisted legendary Russian goalkeeper Rinat Dasaev to analyse Peter Shilton's role.

Want to see how this illustrious group of players, past and present, reacted when revisiting that unforgettable wonder strike? Then join them now and travel back 30 years with the click of a mouse. 

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