Jorge Valdano, who is a former teammate to Diego Maradona, has revealed how the Argentina football great practiced his famous ‘Hand of God’ goal he scored against England at the 1986 World Cup on the training ground before the match.
Recall that the late football icon captained the South American giants when they won the 1986 World Cup.
Maradona, who died at the age of 60 in November last year, helped Argentina to knock England out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals by punching the ball past Peter Shilton and into the net with his hand.
It was Gary Lineker’s consolation goal for the Three Lions in the 81st minute, that brought the game to 2-1 against England.
“He had worked on it in training. It wasn’t the first time,” Valdano said in “D10S” a book on Maradona.
“When I took corners in training, he would get on the end of it and the ball would hit the net. Some would laugh and wonder: ‘What happened here?’ Others said: ‘Didn’t you see? He used his hand!’”
Valdano pointed out that for this reason he was not surprised when the late Napoli icon scored the goal, adding Maradona had some doubt in his goal celebration when he punched the ball into net.
“He said: ‘To the kick-off, quick.’ I had some doubts (about whether it would stand). I ran back very quickly,” Valdano added.