Peter Shilton comes out in two of the most iconic photos in football history. In both, because of the recently deceased Diego Armando Maradona: in the first, dribbled by Pelusa before scoring Argentina’s first goal against England in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Mexico 86; in the second, with the Argentine after touching the ball with his hand and scoring the second goal.
The mythical English goalkeeper never forgave Diego for that action, for which he always held a grudge that still remains despite 34 years since that move. “He never apologized, never admitted that he cheated or apologized for it. It seems to me that he was a very big guy but someone who never showed sportsmanship“Shilton wrote this Thursday in an article in the Daily Mail.
“My life has always been linked to Maradona, and not in the way I would have liked, but I am very sad to hear the news of his death. He was the best player I ever faced, “Shilton explained.
Shilton acknowledges that the criticism he still receives today bothers him. “It has always bothered me, I am not going to lie. People say that I should have cleared the ball despite everything, that I let a shorter player win the game. That’s rubbish, “said the Briton.
He brought Argentina to the world title in 1986 when no one would have bet a peso on a final victory. But Maradona was above everyone else. Above Peter Shilton, above all, thanks to the “mano de Dios”. pic.twitter.com/qRGoH80poo
— Nathan Joubioux (@NathanJoubioux) November 25, 2020
“What I don’t like it is that he never apologized, At no time did he say that he had cheated and asked for forgiveness, Instead, I use the ‘Hand of God’ thing. That was not good, “he said.