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Maradona best moments of all time

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Being known as the “Hand of God”, Diego Maradona not if the best, is one of the bests in football history and now the legendary star has passed away.

Born on the edges of Buenos Aires on October 30, 1960, Diego Maradona is widely regarded as the best football player ever, besides

Leo Messi

.

The Argentinian football superstar started playing football at age of eight, being spotted by a talent scout while he was playing in his neighborhood club Estrella Roja, and that was the beginning of this legend’s foul of honors career.

Besides Argentina's national team, Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors,

Barcelona

, Napoli, Sevilla, and Newell's Old Boys are the clubs Maradona has kicked the ball for.

In 1997, the Hand of God, started his coaching career with Textil Mandiyú, having Gimnasia de La Plata as the last team on his resume.

Maradona had a bunch of problems including drug addiction after he quit playing football and he nearly killed himself with his poor way of life decisions in the last years of his life.

Unfortunately, the Argentinian, who had brain surgery in November 2020, died of a heart attack, being aged 60, according to his lawyer said. RIP Maradona.

Now the question is what are Maradona best moments of all time in football history?

Time to take a look at his glorious moments in football, reviewing

Diego Maradona best moments in football history

.

Maradona greatest moments ever

We all know that every football star has a different style in bringing magic on the pitch, but Perhaps no one can better do so like El Diego.

Here is the first item on our list of

Maradona best moments of all time

.

World Youth Championships, 1979

That was definitely one of

Diego Maradona greatest moments in his career

and also the first to be remembered.

Back in that year, Cesar Menotti, then coach of Argentina, chose to unexpectedly remove the 17-year-old Maradona from his 1978 World Cup squad; a stand that was vindicated as Argentina won the home soil tournament. He had no trouble entrusting responsibility for the FIFA World Youth Championships a year later to the talented Argentinos Juniors playmaker.

Along with Ramon Diaz, el Diego had too much for any opponent in Japan and Argentina claimed the trophy with 20 goals scored and only two conceded. Maradona went home with the player of the tournament award; he displayed his awesome potential with expertise shining through in his range of dribbling, passing, finishing, and dead-ball acumen.

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Four goals against Boca Juniors, 1980

Second on our list of Maradona best moments of all time, we are going back to 1980, when the star scored four goals for

Boca Juniors

. Maradona scored four goals in Boca Juniors 5-3 win against Argentinos Juniors back in 1980.

The outspoken Boca Juniors goalkeeper, Hugo Gatti, claimed during an interview in 1980 that Diego Maradona was a 'gordito' who could play football very well. Gordito means a fat kid. Maradona was still with his first professional club, Argentinos Juniors, and he didn't take the backhanded compliment too kindly.

 When the clubs next met, he promised to score four goals. Bear in mind that, despite the involvement of Maradona, Argentinos Juniors were a relatively modest team. Anyway, on his promise, Diego duly delivered, scoring from the penalty spot and with a cute flick. Two sublime free-kicks were buried as well. Not bad for a fat boy, you know.

World Cup quarter-final, 1986

Argentina's 2-1 win against England in the 1986 World Cup Quarter-Final is another awesome moment we have to mention on our list of

Maradona best moments of all time

. You may wonder what is the reason for Maradona to be called the Hand of God! Well just bear with us to find out why!

That is the most notorious match in the career of the most controversial player in the game. A few years ago, England played against the backdrop of war in the Falklands/Malvinas, taking on Diego's Argentina for a spot in the semifinals of the World Cup.

The two most memorable goals in the history of the World Cup. Maradona attempted a pass to Jorge Valdano early in the second half but only succeeded in reaching Steve Hodge.

The English midfielder looped the ball to his own net, causing a 1.65m aerial duel between Maradona and Peter Shilton, the 1.85m goalkeeper. Argentina's captain lofted the ball beyond Shilton and into the net with a flick of his left hand.

Maradona bellowed for them to join him in celebration for fear of the referee, Ali Bin Nasser, disallowing the score, with his teammates unaware of what to do next. The number 10 Argentina claimed after the match that the goal was scored "with a little Maradona and a little Hand of God". The remainder is history.

However, that was not all for this match, as Maradona continued bringing honor to the team with his goal of the century, which is absolutely famous.

If England knew that after the first goal was scored, they were just in the presence of a devious huckster, they could have no doubt about the skill that Maradona exuded with his second strike of the game only three minutes later, being regarded as the Goal of the Century.

World Cup Final, 1986

Next on our list of

Maradona career best moments

we have to go back to the 1986 World Cup Final where Argentina defeated West Germany with a 3-2 result.

West Germany wasn't in the mood to be bossed around by him, having seen Maradona disgrace both England and Belgium. Franz Beckenbauer's boys had hardly inspired him on the way to the final, though – they squeaked through the group behind Denmark, slammed past Morocco, defeated Mexico on penalties, and finally clicked into gear with a 2-0 victory over France in the semis.

Beckenbauer ordered his troops to double up and go hard on the talisman of Argentina, but that just gave his team-mates room to work in. After 55 minutes, Junior Brown and Jorge Valdano's goals had Carlos Bilardo's side 2-0 up, but West Germany battled back to level with 10 minutes remaining through Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Voller's efforts.

Diego Move Forward. There was no apparent danger when in the middle circle, he turned with a bouncing ball, not least with two green shirts quickly bearing down on him. But he played Jorge Burruchaga with an impeccable vision and a swish of the left boot to hare down the right and jab home an 83rd-minute winner.

What is the next on our list of Maradona best moments of all time in your opinion? Let’s check it out!

A double at Serie A and Coppa Italia, 1987

Time to talk about

Diego Maradona's greatest Napoli moments

. 1987 was the year for Maradona to become a Napoli legend.

Back in that year, Napoli climbed up the ladder of Serie A table with the help of Maradona, who was Napoli's top scorer with 10 goals.

He helped the team to win over Milan and champions

Juventus

, whom Napoli beat home and away.  Napoli then continued to win the Coppa Italia over two legs against Atalanta. That was one of Diego Maradona's greatest Napoli moments, while also it can be listed on

Diego Maradona's greatest Serie A moments

.

UEFA Cup Quarter-Final, 1988-89

Next on our list of

best moments of Maradona

, we have Napoli 3-0 win against Juventus, Which goes back to the 1988-89 UEFA Cup Quarter-Final. In fact, for Napoli, coming all the way to the quarter-finals was a record itself and after their 2-0 loss against Juventus in the first leg of their quarter-final, they did not even think of getting closer to the trophy!

However, it was Ronaldo who saved the team and opened the net with a 10th-minute penalty and it was Andrea Carnevale to open the Old Lady’s net for one more time.

UEFA Cup Semi-Final, 1989

In the UEFA Cup semi-final in Munich in 1989, Maradona formed another brilliant moment to be mentioned on our list of Maradona best moments of all time. He made a scene out of that match with his amazing skill, dribbling, and balancing the ball amazingly.

Napoli finished that match with a 2-2 draw and made its way to the finals as they already had a 2-0 win at San Paolo in the first leg against

Bayern Munich

.

UEFA Cup final, 1989

So far, on our best moments of Maradona article, we have mentioned many of

Maradona best moments of all time

, but there are still some missing. As you may have guessed, the next is about the 1989 UEFA Cup Final.

The match was held on 3 May 1989 and 17 May 1989 between Napoli and

Stuttgart

of West Germany.  As you may have guessed, thanks to Captain Diego Maradona, Napoli won the two-legged final 5–4 on aggregate to win their first major European honor. Next on our list of Maradona best moments of all time, is about him helping Napoli winning Scudetto back in 1990.

Winning Scudetto - 1990

As our next item on our list of

Maradona greatest moments ever

, we are going back to the team’s title race back in 1990.

Back in that year, another Diego Maradona's greatest Serie A moments formed as he helped Napoli to win the Scudetto. Napoli was almost close to winning the award, but then Milan overtook them in February.

However, with the help of the club’s all-time legend, they did not let that happen, as they won their last two games of the season to beat Milan by two points. Thanks to Maradona, who scored 16 goals, Napoli had an almost perfect home record with 16 wins and 1 draw from 17 games.

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Honors and achievements

Now that we are done with Diego Maradona Best moments, it is time to take a look at the player’s honors and achievements at the point:

  • Boca JuniorsArgentine

Primera División: 1981 Metropolitano

  • Barcelona

Copa del Rey: 1983/ Copa de la Liga: 1983/ Supercopa de España: 1983

  • Napoli

Serie A: 1986–87, 1989–90/ Coppa Italia: 1986–87/ UEFA Cup: 1988–89/ Supercoppa Italiana: 1990

  • International

FIFA World Youth Championship: 1979/ FIFA World Cup: 1986/ Artemio Franchi Trophy: 1993

Maradona's death

On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted, supposedly for psychological reasons, to a hospital in La Plata. The retired footballer's representative said that his condition was not extreme.

He had emergency brain surgery a day later to treat a subdural hematoma, a blood clot on his brain. After successful surgery, he was released on 12 November and was monitored by doctors. On 25 November 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona died at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, of a heart attack.

"its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend" the Argentine Football Association expressed in a statement on social media, adding: "You will always be in our hearts."

That was all on our list of Maradona best moments of all time? Did you enjoy this? Do you know any other Diego Maradona best moments in football history to be added to the list? Let us know in the comment section.

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