Apparently, Diego Maradona’s most infamous (or famous) goal – the Hand of God – wasn’t a spur of the moment event.
A former teammate the late icon has revealed that the Argentina legend practised his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal before unleashing it against England at the 1986 World Cup
In the quarter-final of the competition, Maradona challenged goalkeeper Peter Shilton in the air and managed to ‘head’ the ball into the back of the net. England protested that Maradona had used his hand, but officials had not seen it and allowed the goal to stand.
And now teammate Jorge Valdano has said it was by no means a spur-of-the-moment thing from Maradona.
“He had worked on it in training. It wasn’t the first time,” Valdano said in a new German book on Maradona’s life, “D10S” (Verlag Die Werkstatt), as reported by The Athletic.
“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!’
“That’s why I wasn’t surprised when he scored that way against England. He meant it. I could sense some doubt in his goal celebration, and he hinted at it when we embraced. He said: ‘To the kick-off, quick.’ I had some doubts (about whether it would stand). I ran back very quickly.”
Maradona passed away in November 2020 after suffering a heart failure.