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WORLD CUP ICON

The famous no.10 played won the World Cup in 1986, was banned from it in 1994 but there was plenty of brilliance in between

The 2018 World Cup is upon us and this is the last of talkSPORT.com’s 100 icons.

The list featuring Pele and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules.

1) Diego Maradona: Argentina, forward (1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994)

In 1982, he was the 21-year-old wunderkind set to star for the defending champions in Spain. After it all went wrong in a second-stage group of death, though, he aimed a petulant kick at Brazil’s Joao Batista and was sent off.

In 1986, he was the inspirational captain who carried a team to glory, scoring two great World Cup goals (against England and Belgium) along the way. He was also the bare-faced cheat who hand balled past Peter Shilton, later claiming his blatant transgression to be the ‘Hand of God.’

In 1990, he arrived in Italy looking like an overweight pirate in charge of a violent and lawless bunch of vagabonds. Yet still he came within touching distance of inspiring that very team to retain its title. And in 1994, he left us with one final piece of magic – a glorious ping into the top corner against Greece, celebrated with a demonic, almost possessed sprint to the nearest television camera – before departing in shame after failing a drugs test.

Four tournaments: four heroes, four villains.

talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.



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