GENIUS: Diego Armando Maradona. AFP Photo By Paul Kennedy Really and truly I should absolutely loathe Diego Armando Maradona. What that man did for Argentina when they played England in the World Cup quarter final in 1986 was unforgivable. He cheated, Argentina won and England failed once more on the biggest of stages. Yet despite his obvious handball that everyone except the referee saw that sunny June afternoon in Mexico’s Estadio Azteca, I don’t hate him. In fact it’s just the opposite, Maradona is my hero. Since his death at his home in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night, many experts have said that Maradona was one of the greatest footballers to ever play the game. They are all wrong. He was the greatest and he will never, ever be surpassed. Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, all amazing players, but none of them are good enough to lace the boots Diego wore. And here’s why. Diego was a character, and despite his diminutive stature, he was a giant of a footballer, larger than life itself, and could do things with a ball nobody else could. He won the World Cup for Argentina in 1986 virtually on his own, he was the… Read full this story
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