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Maradona’s hand ball goal in final Judgement before the ‘Hand of God’

29 November, 2020
Diego Maradona with the World Cup in 1986
Diego Maradona with the World Cup in 1986

The greatest footballer to ever walk this earth Diego Maradona will face his final Judgement or what will be his last “Press conference or public scrutiny” away from journalists with the Highest to explain why he scored a goal that was off his hand against England in the World Cup of 1986 and then called it “the hand of God’ in a post match interview.

The “hand of God” was a phrase used by the Argentine footballer Diego Maradona to describe a goal that he scored during the Argentina versus England quarter final match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup. It happened on 22 June 1986, at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Maradona was buried in a private ceremony after a day of emotional scenes in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires after he died of a heart attack at age 60. Only around two dozen relatives and close friends attended the final ceremony on Thursday.

Earlier huge crowds turned out to pay their respects, with many weeping, blowing kisses and praying as they filed past his coffin, BBC Sport reported. His death triggered mourning around the world but nowhere was it felt more fiercely than in a country that saw him as a national hero.

Maradona’s coffin - draped in Argentina’s national flag and football shirt, bearing his trademark number 10 on the back - was on public display at the presidential palace on Thursday. By mid-afternoon queues stretched back for more than a kilometre, and police clashed with mourners as they tried to close off the palace in anticipation of the wake scheduled for 16:00 local time.

There were reports of tear gas and rubber bullets being used as officers in riot gear struggled to hold back the crowd. Authorities were eventually forced to stop public viewing of the coffin to keep the peace.

The motorised funeral cortege drove his body to the Bella Vista cemetery on the outskirts of the city, where he was buried next to the graves of his parents.

This wasn’t just the death of Argentina’s superstar footballer, but the passing of a man that many saw as a national icon, a star who made Argentina famous - and most of all, a very human role-model who Argentinians loved, flaws and all, BBC Sport said in its report.

In England, though many have praised his skill and achievements, his death has provided the opportunity to dig up the old humbug about the Hand of God goal at the 1986 World Cup, which involved Maradona’s fist essentially knocking the ball into England’s goal.

For some, even in death, Maradona was still the cheat who could not be forgiven. Yet, it was precisely his refusal to recognise the presumed superiority of the Englishmen failing before him that gave joy to millions worldwide.

The problem is that “football was created in England, but perfected in South America”, as the historian Brenda Elsey has written.

The Hand of God goal and “Goal of the Century,” when he dribbled past several defenders which came minutes later in the same game, brought joy and spiritual uplift to so many people in Latin America.

It represented a “cosmic” rupture in the universal order of things (to quote the classic commentary on the match by Victor Hugo Morales) which up-ended English assumptions of superiority that had been accepted by some elites across the continent. This was particularly the case in Argentina, where English-speaking communities had reached into the hundreds of thousands by the 1980s.

The death of the greatest player in the history of the game of Association Football, Diego Armando Maradona, on November 25 produced an outpouring of grief and nostalgia around the world. He was such an important figure in his native Argentina that the president declared three days of mourning.

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