Diego Maradona Destroys England – 1986
Argentinian forward Diego Maradona is considered one of the best players of all time, largely thanks to the fact he practically won Argentina the World Cup on his own. In 1986 he was in great form, and when his Argentina side came up against England, he knew he was going to have to put on a show.
Maradona tapped his first goal in that game in with his hand in what became known as the “Hand of God,” but he wasn’t done making the headlines. Just four minutes after angering the English team by cheating, he then went on to score the “Goal of the Century.”
Maradona danced his way through half of the English players before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. His performances inspired his team to lift the World Cup, and it all started with the Hand of God.
Spain Winning The World Cup – 2010
For years people had been struggling to figure out why Spain had never been able to win a World Cup before. They had always had great players, but for some reason, they just couldn’t win the biggest prize in soccer. Then in 2010 they finally ended their losing streak in one of the most violent finals ever seen.
Spain’s game was built on stylish play, and they came up against the Netherlands whose sole aim was to kick them. Miraculously, the Spanish players didn’t get dragged into a fight, and overcome their physical opponents as Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal in extra time.
Teenage Dreams – 1958
The great Brazilian star Pele was just 17 when he made his World Cup debut in 1958. Not only was he the youngest-ever player at the tournament but he became the youngest to score, to score a hat-trick, and to score in the final. It really was a young guy living out his wildest dreams.
Over the years there have been many iconic moments, but these will live on forever. They were so big that even at the time people understood they were watching history being made.