1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™

31 May - 29 June

1986 FIFA World Cup™

Stars align in appreciation for Goal of the Century

  • Eto’o, Messi, Ronaldo and others discuss the ‘Goal of the Century’
  • ‘Maradona is my World Cup hero,’ said a bowled over Messi
  • One legend apologised to Pele

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 FIFA.com users voted as the best goal scored across the first 20 editions of the tournament.

To celebrate its 30th 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 decades with the above video.

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