Messi Vs. Maradona â€“ Which Goal?
A chance to compare the goal that Lionel Messi scored for FC Barcelona with the 'original'.
Diego Armando Maradona netted what many believe to be one of the finest goals of all time against England at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on June the 22nd 1986. The strike came after the notorious 'Mano De Dios' (Hand Of God) goal that saw the Argentine, for want of a better phrase, fist Shilton.The jaw-droppingly good goal wiped away and sour impressions of less-than-fair play by the number 10 as HÃ©ctor Enrique passed the ball to Maradona ten metres into the Albiceleste half and Maradona went on a 60-metre, 10 second rampage forward.
This left behind Hoddle, Reid, Sansom, Butcher and Fenwick â€“ and finally England keeper Peter Shilton as Maradona slotted the second goal in to the collective awe of all present, going on to talk in hushed and reverent tones about being present when Maradona scored the goal of the century.
Two decades and ten months later Lionel Messi aped the man who has already named the BarÃ§a number 19 s his successor â€“ Maradona. This time the setting was the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) in Spain with Barcelona beating Getafe 5-2.
Most were stunned by the similarity with Diego's celebrated goal against perfidious Albion, the Blaugrana gunning down the right flank with astonishing similarity in the movements to a young Diego who was years away from being hit with the consequences of cocaine addiction.
The question most are asking is simple â€“ which goal is better? A tad hair-splitting perhaps, but obvious given the movements, area of the pitch used, dribbles and finish. Some â€“ like Iniesta â€“ prefer Messi's, others stay faithful to the old maestro himself.
Man this kid is a reincarnation of the great man, and while maradona's still alive...
There's also this as well...