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‘Hand of God’ soccer man celebrates 60th birthday

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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday, October 30 in style.

Maradona’s 60th birthday could not have come in an opportune time for the former Napoli superstar, as the team he manages, Gimnasia de La Plata, comprehensively beat Patronato 3:0.

Afterwards a cake was presented to him in the stadium and a 100-metre long billboard featuring Maradona’s face was erected at the center of Buenos Aires.

Maradona was present at his club’s stadium on Friday evening, despite reports that he was in self-isolation after coming to contact with a COVID-19 patient, and match officials presented him with a plaque.  He left the ground before kick-off.

The hand of God

“The hand of God” is a phrase used Maradona when he described a goal he scored at the June 22, 1986 Fifa World Cup quarter final match between Argentina and England. The match played at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

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Although replays show that Maradona used his left hand to score, the referee allowed the goal to stand as Argentina knocked out England 2:1. He, on been asked about the goal by journalists, said that the goal came a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.

Perhaps it could have been a different story if the finals were held in 2014 or 2018 World Cup finals, with the invention of Video Assistance Referee (VAR) now used in football matches. Every details of the game is closely scrutinised.

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