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Exploring the Most Memorable Moments in the History of Football

Story Highlights
  • Diego Maradonna’s Hand of God
  • First Barcelona Goal by Messi
  • Embrace the Soul
  • Last World Cup of Pele
  • Save of the Century by Gordon
  • Paolo Di Canio's Ban
  • Controversial Goal by Hurst
  • Beckham kicks Diego

The allure of football is amplified by reliving a thrilling event.

Maybe there’s a game-winning goal in the last seconds. Perhaps an unexpected underdog will wow the sports world with a stunning upset of a well-regarded squad. A little dishonesty may help you out in the long run.

Here is a run-down of the 8 most memorable moments in the history of football:

Diego Maradonna’s Hand of God 

In the 1980s, Diego Maradona was a major star for the Argentina national football team. However, his famed hand-ball goal against England in the 1986 World Cup Final stands out among his numerous impressive on-field displays. That day, Maradona’s brilliance nearly merited a little heavenly assistance.

First Barcelona Goal by Messi

It would be an understatement to say that Lionel Messi is one of the finest football players in history. In May of 2005, the Argentinian star, who was just 18 years old, won the game for his team with an unbelievable goal.

Embrace the Soul

One of the greatest moments in football history was captured in this one picture. As the Argentina team celebrated its World Cup triumph against the Netherlands in 1978, an armed fan approached two players to participate in the festivities. The phrase “hug of the soul” came up since spectators couldn’t physically embrace the competitors.

Last World Cup of Pele

There is a certain poetic justice in Pele finishing his World Cup run with the same goal he started with (with two goals instead of one). The world couldn’t have expected much more from one of the most gifted players of all time.

Save of the Century by Gordon

At the 1970 World Cup, held in Mexico, England faced off against the team that would go on to win the tournament: Brazil. Goalkeeper Gordon Banks pulled an incredible save against Pele.

Paolo Di Canio’s Ban

Football player Paolo Di Canio was notorious for his explosive anger and the ensuing defamation he engaged in. It was not the first time he displayed his dissatisfaction with the situation, and pushing the referee was not the first time he did so. He also had to pay a fine of 10,000 pounds and serve a suspension of 11 games.

Controversial Goal by Hurst

Hurst’s second goal in the most disputed World Cup win was ultimately counted. The technology of proving the goal interfered and determined that Hurst’s shot was not reached up to the mark and did not cross the goal line, sparking fierce arguments among fans and football experts.

Beckham kicks Diego

During the 1998 World Cup, Diego Simeone of Argentina was ejected from the match after receiving a kick to the head from David Beckham that was completely unwarranted. Because of his behavior, he was kicked from the team and given the reputation of being the tournament’s antagonist.

Football is more than simply a physical contest; it can also be deeply moving. Therefore, it has produced some of the greatest moments in sports history for spectators and players, many of which have been filmed and preserved for posterity.

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