Maradona’s Moment of Magic: Celebrating the 38th Anniversary of the ‘Goal of the Century’

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Today marks the 38th anniversary of Diego Maradona’s “Goal of the Century,” a moment that has been etched into the annals of football history. On June 22, 1986, during the World Cup quarter-final at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, Maradona delivered a display of unmatched brilliance. Just minutes after his controversial “Hand of God” goal, he set off on a mesmerizing solo run that left the world in awe and solidified his status as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

Receiving the ball in his own half, Maradona embarked on an eleven-second odyssey that saw him evade a series of desperate English defenders. Peter Beardsley and Peter Reid were the first to be left in his wake, as the iconic No. 10 danced through their challenges with a pirouette and a burst of speed. Maradona then glided past Terry Butcher and Terry Fenwick before approaching Peter Shilton, the England goalkeeper. A deft feint and a slalom beyond Shilton left Maradona with the simplest of finishes, slotting the ball into the net as the stadium erupted in euphoria.

Three days later, Maradona returned to the Estadio Azteca and continued his magical run, scoring two brilliant goals against Belgium in the semi-final. These goals set up a dramatic final against West Germany, where Maradona’s genius once again shone through as he orchestrated the winning goal for Jorge Burruchaga. Argentina’s 3-2 victory in the final crowned them World Cup champions, with Maradona’s performances cementing his legacy as a footballing legend.

Decades later, Maradona’s “Goal of the Century” remains a benchmark for greatness in the sport. On this anniversary, fans around the world remember the extraordinary skill, audacity, and magic that Maradona brought to the pitch. His solo run is not just a highlight of World Cup history, but a timeless reminder of the beauty and artistry of football.