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#ThrowbackThursday: 5 Memorable World Cup Moments That The World Will Never Forget

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As each passing day draws the football globe closer to the highly anticipated 2018 world cup tournament in Russia, we cannot but reminisce on some unforgettable moments in this historic tournament that has made the FIFA world cup a moment to look forward to.

From ground breaking fouls that eventually won the most important game to horrible own goals that eventually led to the death of promising stars. Lets take a journey back to the historic moments of this tournament that has permanently sealed a spot in our heart and mind.

1. Diego Maradona (Hand of god): This goal is by far the biggest and most celebrated fraud in the history of football. The 1986 quarter-final clash between England and Argentina sealed a spot in history when Diego Maradona raised his hand in the last few minutes of the match, to gift the Argentines an extremely important goal that eventually played a crucial role in Argentina’s unforgettable success at the 1986 World cup.

2. Andres Escobar (The Deadliest Own Goal In History): This goal eventually became the dealiest own goal of all time, as it eventually led to the murder of the Colombian captain. Andres Escobar scored an own goal in one of the most crucial moments in football history, hence, gifting the United States with a spot in the semifinal. Tragically, Escobar was shot dead one months after the match.

3. Zidane vs Materazzi (Germany 2006): Coming back to recent times, we cannot possibly skip the ferocious headbutt that eventually ended the prolific career of one of France’s finest players, Zinedene Zidane. It all happened in the blink of an eye. Materazzi got the best of Zidane by hurling insults at the Frenchman, and in turn, Zidane sent the tall man crashing with a completely unexpected headbutt.

4. The Brazilian Maestros (Pele, Rivelino, Carlos Alberto): In-spite of the colourful skill of 21st century footballers, not team has ever been able to match the supreme Brazilian team for the 1970 world-cup that consisted of legendary icons like: Abedi Pele, Tostao, Rivelino, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto. They are simply the best. They literally won all their matches on their way to glory. They eventually became the first and only team to have achieved this feat thus far.

5. The Greatest Game In History: Italy’s one goal victory over Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 1982 World Cup in Spain, has been well described as the greatest football match of all time. It embodied the drama, tension, great saves, beautiful goals and the last minute hero to end the game (Paolo Rossi).

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