Diego Maradona might be Argentina’s best footballer of all time; also, his balls are bigger than that one that chased Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In the 1986 World Cup, Maradona led Argentina past West Germany in the final, but it was his goal against England in the quarterfinals that has spurred conversations for the past quarter century.
After dribbling through the entire English defense, Maradona sent an angled pass to Jorge Valdano that was defended well by Steve Hodge, who misdirected it into the penalty box. Maradona continued his run through the box, and as the goalkeeper attempted to punch the ball out of harm’s way, Maradona leapt and struck the ball with his hand into the goal.
How the referees missed this attempt at sleight of hand is beyond comprehension. The goal stood up, and the Argentines collected their second World Cup in three tournaments.