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Diego Maradona makes hilarious 'Hand of God' reference and names ideal 60th birthday present

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona
Modified 27 Oct 2020, 16:58 IST

Argentinian footballing legend Diego Maradona had a hilarious reply when asked by France Football what he would like for his 60th birthday.

"I dream of being able to score another goal against England, this time with the right hand," he said, before bursting into laughter.

Diego Maradona was, of course, referring to the infamous 'Hand of God' goal he scored at the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals against England, when he deliberately used his left hand to knock the ball into the goal.

England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and the rest of his teammates indulged in furious protest over the goal, but the referee allowed it to stand.

In an incredible redemptive arc, however, Maradona would score one of the greatest solo goals of all time later on in the game, as he dribbled past the entire team to slot the ball past Shilton and make it 2-0 on the night.

England got a late consolation goal through Gary Lineker, but Argentina progressed in the tournament.

Argentina then went on to beat Belgium and West Germany in the semi-finals and finals respectively to lift the World Cup trophy.

'Diego Maradona better than Lionel Messi' - Pele

Diego Maradona Argentina 1985
Diego Maradona Argentina 1985

Despite the GOAT debate in football revolving around Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi nowadays, legendary Brazilian footballer Pele is of the mind that Maradona and him are better than the current crop.

Speaking in a 2018 interview with AS, Pele claimed that Maradona was a more complete player than Lionel Messi, as he could use both feet and head the ball.

“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads well, shoots well, with the left and with the right, with another guy who only shoots with one leg, can only one dribble and doesn’t finish the ball well with the head?
"Maradona was one of the greatest players in history. If you ask me if he was better than Messi, then yes, he was much better. Beckenbauer and Cruyff were also excellent players."

Pele was also of the mind that Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was better than Lionel Messi, but Maradona differed in his assessment of the duo.

Speaking to Argentine television channel TyC Sports, Maradona mentioned that he still 'preferred' Lionel Messi despite his admiration of the 'animal' that Cristiano Ronaldo is.

"Cristiano is an animal. I wish he was Argentine.
"But I still prefer Messi. He is enjoying playing football and goes by opponents with ease.
"Leo cannot deliver the World Cup on his own. Even if he does not win a World Cup, we will still remember him," he remarked.
Published 27 Oct 2020, 16:57 IST
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