A player in the Spanish fourth division scores a sensational goal that bears resemblance to Diego Maradona’s ‘Goal of the Century’.
Diego Maradona scored a goal back in 1986 that became THE goal. No, not that ‘Hand of Goal’, but the other one, the one in which he got past an array of players to slot home and send Argentina on their way to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
That goal has become synonymous with the World Cup itself and remains the greatest goal ever scored in the history of the tournament, having been voted in a FIFA poll as the ‘Greatest Goal of the Century’.
No one has come close to doing something similar in the World Cup (except perhaps Michael Owen for England against Argentina in 1998), but Barcelona forward Lionel Messi did create an almost mirror-image version of that strike against Getafe in a Copa del Rey semi-final tie in April 2007. The similarities between the two goals are uncanny, as if they had been choreographed, staged and retaken several times before they bore the perfect resemblance.
The Spaniard received the ball inside his own half, got the better of three opponents, hoodwinked the goalkeeper and then slotted the ball into the net for the winning goal. As easy as you like.
The fact that it was played in a lower league at a ground where the action can be clearly seen by the surrounding building blocks might be something that one could sneer at, but the sheer euphoria that Cubas would have experienced at the moment the ball went into the net is priceless.
Whether be it at a World Cup, a Copa del Rey match, a minor league fixture or even among your friends, that kind of goal is something to be applauded, even if it were a one-off.