Thurday 22nd June 2006, was the 20th anniversary of the famous Hand of God goal, scored by the Argentine, Diego Maradona.
That goal and the sublime one that followed by Maradona, sealed the end of Englands hopes of winning the 1986 World Cup. This year England could end up playing against Argentina in the final, if they do England could once again be facing the Hand of God, also known as El mano de Dios.
Lionel Messi, the young Argentine forward was wearing the Adidas +F50 TUNiT football boots at the 2006 World Cup. As is the trend at the moment, the football boots have their personal identity attached to them. Lionel Messi, has decided to stir up those that are still bitter about the Hand of God incident, by having ‘El mano de Dios ’86‘ wriiten on the side of his football boots.
Maradona admitted in his 2002 autiobiography “Now I feel I am able to say what I couldn’t then. At the time I called it “the hand of God”. Bollocks was it the hand of God, it was the hand of Diego! And it felt a little bit like pickpocketing the English”.
Following its 20th anniversary, it would be particularly pleasing if the English supporters were able to finally put the Hand of God to rest.