50 Most Powerful Photographs In The History Of Football

A picture says a thousand words and this has never rung so true as in the world of football Of all the millions of photographs of the world’s most beautiful game, here are the 50 most iconic photos of all time…

50. David Beckham Scores From the Halfway Line

49. Gareth Southgate Missed Penalty

Missing penalties are always a perfect opportunity to capture the unlucky player’s unforgettable reaction and Southgate was no exception to the rule after the central defender had his spot kick saved during the semi final of Euro ’96.

The former Aston Villa stalwart was left dejected on the pitch as England crashed out of their own tournament on penalties to arch rivals Germany. The grey kit did not help matters and Southgate is pictured as a forlorn figure, hoping the ground will swallow him up

48. The Original Scorpion Kick

Flamboyant Colombian keeper Rene Higuita was the first person to introduce the scorpion kick to the Western world, after showing off this audacious talent during a friendly with England at Wembley in 1995.

The goalkeeper, who is also remembered for coming out of his goal in the 1990 World Cup to disastrous results, decided to hit away Jamie Redknapp’s shot by kicking the ball with his heels from behind his head, while airborne. Although hardly used in modern day football, this unthinkable technique was a standout moment in the history of football skills.

Steve McClaren’s Umbrella

Steve McClaren will go down in history as one of the worst England managers of all time, having failed to lead the side to a major tournament. His miserable stint as the national boss was summed up in England’s defeat at home to Croatia in November 2007, which confirmed their exclusion from Euro 2008.

At a rainy Wembley, McClaren used an umbrella to keep the rain (and abuse) off of him, but instead it only intensified the anger directed at him. The former Middlesbrough manager looked even more hopeless under the red and blue FA brolly and the image of him standing on the sidelines is almost laughable, had it not been so tragic.

46. Ryan Giggs Shows Off His Chest Hair

The veteran midfielder is still going strong at the age of 40, but Ryan Giggs’s greatest moment of his long footballing career remains that mazy goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup semi final replay at Villa Park.

The Welsh winger intercepted the ball at the halfway line, before practically taking on the entire Gunners defence and firing the ball high into the roof of David Seaman’s net. Giggs could not hide his excitement and removed his shirt to reveal his carpet of a hairy chest, an image which will live long in the minds of all female viewers.

 
45. Gazza Does the Flute
The veteran midfielder is still going strong at the age of 40, but Ryan Giggs’s greatest moment of his long footballing career remains that mazy goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup semi final replay at Villa Park.

The Welsh winger intercepted the ball at the halfway line, before practically taking on the entire Gunners defence and firing the ball high into the roof of David Seaman’s net. Giggs could not hide his excitement and removed his shirt to reveal his carpet of a hairy chest, an image which will live long in the minds of all female viewers.

45. Gazza Does the Flute

The first of four Gascoigne moments in this list, the mercurial midfielder caused much controversy in 1998 when he played a mock flute during an Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic.

The flute symbolises a Protestant victory over the Catholics in the seventeenth century, which infuriated the Celtic’s catholic fans. After being taunted by the Hoops faithful throughout the game, the former England international decided to get his own back, but he was later fined by the Scottish FA.

44. Sergio Aguero Fires Manchester City to the Title

It still gives goosebumps to the Manchester City fans, while it gives their city rivals recurring nightmares. The Citizens needed to win at home to Queens Park Rangers to beat United to the title two seasons ago, but it was not going to plan, with the sides drawing as play entered into stoppage time.

Enter Sergio Aguero. The Argentine striker received a pass from Mario Balotelli and fired home to deliver a much anticipated Premier League crown to the club. It was a truly sensational moment for the neutral and for the City fans, some of whom can be seen jubilantly celebrating their side’s success in this famous image.

43. The World Cup Trophy Returns Home With Italy

Following their success in Spain at the 1982 World Cup, Italy returned to their homeland bringing the famous trophy home with them. An iconic photograph was taken of the likes of captain Dino Zoff and manager Enzo Bearzot playing cards on the plane journey home.

Incredibly, everyone seems clam and concentrated on the card game, despite the fact the World Cup they so desperately wanted sat on the table. A wonderful image and an honest moment of the game, where the glory of the game is shown through the humanness of those involved.

42. Paolo Di Canio Pushes Referee

This is not the only time that Paolo Di Canio will feature in this list, both of which are for controversial reasons. In September 1998, while at Sheffield Wednesday, the Italian striker pushed referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off during a game with Arsenal at Hillsborough.

Alcock was ridiculed for the way in which he hopelessly fell to the ground, but the Football Association were not amused and handed Di Canio an 11 match ban, as well as a fine of £10,000. An historic moment in the Premier League and something that has never been repeated.

 

41. Manchester United’s Class of ‘92

The Manchester United team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1992 went on to be the nucleus of the senior side that tasted an unprecedented amount of success in the 1990s and into the 00s. Also known as “Fergie’s Fledglings”, the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers all came through the ranks together, before making the grade to the senior side.

The photograph of these future footballing talents, alongside youth team coach Eric Harrison, is hugely significant in terms of its future impact on English football. Seeing the likes of a youthful Giggs and a spotty Beckham reminds us where it all started for Ferguson.

 

40. Messi Takes on Real Madrid

The best player in the last five years is simply unstoppable with the ball at his feet and this was perfectly captured during last season’s “El Classico” when Barcelona took on Real Madrid. Although not an historic photo by definition, this image truly shows what Lionel Messi is all about.

Despite having some of the world’s best players competing to take the ball off of him, the Argentine international has the ability to keep the ball at close distances while moving at blistering speed. This picture is just one of many of Messi evading multiple defenders, but to take on the entire Madrid defence is something only he can do.

 

39. The Battle of Old Trafford

In September 2003, Manchester United and Arsenal met in a league fixture at Old Trafford, which turned out to be one of the most ferocious games in the history of the Premier League. Arsenal, who would later become the “Invicibles” that season, were reduced to ten men right at the death, with United being awarded a penalty as a result.

Ruud van Nistelrooy missed the resulting spot kick, also the last kick of the game, prompting violent reactions from both players at the final whistle. Martin Keown, the Arsenal centre back, was famously pictured celebrating the Dutch striker’s failure from the spot by jumping over him.

 

38. Vinnie Jones Grabs Gazza by the…

Notorious hardman Vinnie Jones is best personified by this photograph, in which he grabs an unassuming Paul Gascoigne by the testicles. The Wimbledon midfielder was a feared opponent and no wonder, when players faced this kind of trouble when facing against Jones.

Gazza himself was no wimp, but, like most of male readers of this list would be, was in some serious pain, as seen from unforgettable expression on his face. In an age of high shorts and high tackles, this truly summed up the no-holds-barred nature of English football in the late 1980s.

 

37. Why Always Me?

Mario Balotelli earned headlines yet again when he lifted his shirt to reveal a “why always me?” message, after scoring in the Manchester derby two seasons ago. The Italian striker was instrumental in what became a 6-1 drubbing of their bitter rivals, with the Citizens going on to clinch the title ahead of the Red Devils.

Balotelli, never far from a sensational story, seemed to laugh at his own ridiculousness by proving he has a sense of humour. Some suggest that this was a dig at the press, who he claimed embellished many of the stories that were written about him.

36. Mourinho Announces Himself on the World Stage

Jose Mourinho officially announced himself to English football before he actually became Chelsea manager. In fact, Porto’s Champions League victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2004 was when the press first took notice of this flamboyant manager.

Following a last minute winner, the “Special One” exuberantly celebrated his side’s win in front of a bemused Old Trafford by running down the touchline and pumping his arms into the air. He would go on to win the competition the following month, which effectively earned him a move to become Chelsea’s new manager.

 

35. Munich Air Disaster Commemoration

The fifty year anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster coincided with a Manchester derby in February 2008. In a rare instance of respect between Manchester United and Manchester City, both sets of fans adhered immaculately to a minute silence, with each side raising scarves of their team colours before the game at Old Trafford.

Although City seemed to spoil the day by winning 2-1, the images of the commemoration will live long into the memory of those affected by the 1958 plane crash, which took the lives of eight of “Busby’s Babes”.

 

34. Paolo Di Canio’s Fascist Salute

Never far from controversy, Paolo Di Canio is a self-confessed fascist and he endeared himself to the Lazio faithful even further by performing a Roman salute in front of the fascist Lazio ultras.

The former Sunderland boss waited for special occasions, mainly during games against the predominately left wing Roma, in an attempt to infuriate Lazio’s arch rivals. He was fined and given suspensions as a result of his actions, yet he remains a cult hero in the sky blue half of the Italian capital.

 

33. Peter Schmeichel Cartwheels Champions League Success

The 1999 UEFA Champions League final remains one of the most dramatic finishes in football history, with Manchester United scoring two goals in the final minutes of the game to overcome Bayern Munich 2-1. With his side on the verge of losing, the Danish keeper, who was captaining the Red Devils on the night, was involved in United’s equaliser by going up for the corner himself.

Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winner, Schmeichel was pictured cartwheeling inside his own penalty area in celebration of the Red Devils’ win, which earned them an historic treble. The image that is now affectionately associated with the keeper also marked his final moments as a Manchester United player.

 

32. Frank Rijkaard Spits at Rodi Voller

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The uglier side of football is most memorably captured when Dutch hardman Frank Rijkaard spat in Rudi Voller’s hair during the fiery 1990 World Cup clash between the Netherlands and West Germany.

A titanic battle between the two players ended with both being sent off, although Rijkaard was the worse of two evils, having stamped on Voller’s foot, twisted his ear and even spat at him twice, all within five minutes.

The photo sees an unbeknownst Voller walk away from the current Dutch boss, who aims his saliva towards the striker’s curly barnet.

 

31. The Future of Management

A fantastic picture of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in their early days at Barcelona, where the “Special One” was a mere assistant to manager Bobby Robson and the current Bayern Munich boss was a fledging central midfielder. Who would have known that this friendship would, years later, turn into the biggest management rivalry in world football.

While Mourinho took over the reins at Real Madrid, Guardiola stayed at the Camp Nou and the two enjoyed a friendly but competitive rivalry with both clubs vying for supremacy in both La Liga and the Champions League.

 

30. David Beckham Sends England to the World Cup

Despite having the expectations of an entire nation on his shoulders, David Beckham delivered when it mattered, scoring a stunning injury time free kick to secure qualification to the 2002 World Cup for England. Trailing 2-1 at home to Greece at his home stadium of Old Trafford, Beckham stepped up to take a trademark set piece with the Three Lions needing a point to qualify.

After sending the ball into the top corner, Beckham reels away, arms outstretched to take in the moment in front of a jubilant crowd and a relieved nation.

29. Andres Escobar’s Own Goal

Has an own goal ever been so costly? Aside from leading to his country’s exit from the 1994 World Cup, Escobar’s error also cost him his life, with the Colombian defender getting shot on his return to South America. Although never proven, it is widely believed that Escobar was killed as a result of some drug lords’ heavy gambling losses following Colombia’s loss to the United States.

The Colombian team were heavily fancied going in to the tournament, but a 2-1 defeat to the host nation meant they were to return home before the knockout stages.

 28. Pig Head

Luis Figo’s move from Barcelona to arch-rivals Real Madrid in 2000 was not received well by the Catalan faithful, who felt betrayed by their former favourite player. After five years with Barcelona, Figo made his return to the Nou Camp in 2002 and was met with a hostil reception from his former supporters.

The “El Classico” was delayed on several occasions as Barcelona fans threw various objects on the pitch and when the Portuguese winger attempted to take a corner, a pig’s head was launched in his direction from the stands.

 27. Diego Maradona’s Last World Cup Goal

Somehow, the overweight Diego Maradona managed to force his way into Argentina’s squad ahead of the 1994 World Cup, becoming his country’s captain in the process. The tournament would mark his final appearance on the international stage, with the forward infamously failing a drug test halfway through the World Cup.

In his last ever game for Argentina, however, Maradona scored superb goal and celebrated wildly in front of a nearby camera. The image gives light to why the former World Cup winner would be tested positive for ephedrine doping just a few days later.

 

26. Justice for the 96

Ahead of a renewed police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster in late 2012, Liverpool’s arch-rivals, Everton, showed their support by presenting a mascot of each Merseyside team with the numbers 9 and 6 on their backs, ahead of the Toffees’ league game with Newcastle United.

With the “Justice for the 96” campaign in full swing, Everton proved that some things in football transcend local rivalries in their active participation in giving closure to the families of the 96 that were killed in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.

 25. Zinedine Zidane’s Champions League goal

The picture perfectly captures the moment that Zinedine Zidane patiently waits for Roberto Carlos’s high cross during the 2002 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. As well all know, the Frenchman connects with precision on his unfavoured left foot, volleying home to put Madrid back in the lead.

The goal, which is considered one of the best of all time, would be the eventual winner, handing Madrid a record ninth European Cup victory. For Zidane, it was the best way to start his Madrid career, helping to repay the record £50 million that was spent on him a mere nine months earlier.

 24. Jerzy Dudek is Liverpool’s Hero

The 2005 Champions League final will go down as one of the greatest comebacks of all time, as Liverpool battled back from 3-0 at half time to beat AC Milan on penalties, after drawing 3-3 after extra time. The “Miracle of Istanbul”, as it is now known, has many heroes, but Liverpool’s Polish goalkeeper at the time stands out.

Jerzy Dudek, who was already in line for the Man of the Match award following an instinctive save from Andriy Shevchenko, stopped a penalty from the same man to clinch a dramatic victory for the Reds, after recreating Bruce Grobbelar’s famous “spaghetti legs” from the 1984 European Cup final.

 23. Eric Cantona’s Kung-fu Kick

One of the Premier League’s all time greatest players also had a dark side and it was infamously displayed during a league fixture between Manchester United and Crystal Palace in 1995. After being sent off for kicking, Cantona was verbally abused by a Palace fans as he made his way to the tunnel.

Yet, “King Eric” was not done with his kicking for the day and leapt through the air to attack the fan with a kung-fu kick, followed by several punches. The majestic striker was convicted with assault and was banned from football for four months.

22. Luis Suarez Bites Branislav Ivanovic

Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker was one of the Premier League’s best players last season, yet he finished the campaign on the sidelines after receiving a ten match ban from the FA. The reason for this suspension can be seen from the picture alone, with Suarez appearing to bite the Chelsea defender.

With Liverpool and Chelsea battling a crucial match last April, Suarez, who is never far from controversy, attacked Ivanovic with his teeth without provocation. Although the officials never saw the incident, Suarez was immediately subject to widespread anger following the game.

 21. Muamba Collapses

While leg breaks and horrific injuries are terrible, the Fabrice Muamba affair is way beyond that. The Bolton Wanderers midfielder collapsed during an FA Cup game with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in March 2012. The former England under 21 international suffered a cardiac arrest and received defibrillator shocks whilst on the pitch.

His heart stopped for 78 minutes, but miraculously Muamba survived and was taken to hospital. The game was abandoned. He has since retired from the game, but the incident had a profound effect on English football still felt to this day.

 

20. Roberto Baggio Penalty Miss

This is the ultimate photo that displays to contrasting images. While Italy’s Roberto Baggio can’t quite believe he has missed the decisive penalty in the 1994 World Cup final, Brazilian goalkeeper Taffarel looks to the heavens for his country’s triumph.

Baggio, who almost single handedly brought the Azzurri to the final, was the unlucky scapegoat who blasted his crucial penalty off target. Much more was expected from the “Divine Ponytail”, yet he failed to deliver when his country needed him most.

 19. David Beckham Sending Off

The picture that spurned the headline “10 Heroic Lions, 1 Stupid Boy”, after David Beckham’s sending off in the 1998 World Cup. In a thrilling second round contest between old rivals England and Argentina, the pin-up boy unnecessarily kicked out at Diego Simeone to earn himself a straight red.

England lost the game on penalties, but it was the former Manchester United midfielder who would receive the blame for his side’s exit from France ’98. However, he would go from being national zero to hero a few years later.

 18. Kaka Belongs to Jesus

Arguably the world’s best footballer at the time of this photo, Kaka dropped to his knees and showed where his true loyalties lie, after AC Milan defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the 2007 UEFA Champions League final.

The Brazilian playmaker, who is a devout Christian, revealed his shirt after a brilliant performance that included assisting both goals. The photograph shows the Milan midfielder in a pose that resembles Jesus himself and is now a distinctive image related to the former Ballon D’Or winner.

17. Terry Butcher’s Bloody Display

When Terry Butcher says that he put his “blood, sweat and tears” into his England performances, he most certainly meant it. The image of the central defender following a World Cup qualifying game in Sweden has been immortalized due to the deep gash he received on his forehead.

Butcher received stitches for the wound during the game, but his constant heading forced the cut to re-open and the Hibernian manager looked like a wounded soldier by the time the final whistle went, with his white England shirt a bloody red.

 16. Robbie Fowler’s Cocaine Celebration

In 1999, amidst rumours in the press that he was involved with drugs, Robbie Fowler decided to respond to those stories on the pitch. The Liverpool striker celebrated a goal in the Merseyside derby with a hugely controversial celebration.

Fowler used the white paint of the goal line to imitate snorting cocaine as a way of responding to the Everton fans, who had been jibing him throughout the game. As a result of his actions, the former England international was fined £60,000 and given a four match suspension by the Football Association.

 

15. The “Tardelli Cry”

There have been thousands of goal celebrations over the years, but none more famous than Marco Tardelli’s famous sprint towards the Italian bench after scoring a goal in the 1982 World Cup final between Italy and West Germany.

The central midfielder scored the Azzurri’s second of a 3-1 win and cordially celebrated his goal by passionately raising his arms, banging his chest and running towards his teammates. The picture encapsulates the sheer joy felt by Tardelli at the moment, who knew he had secured a third World Cup win for his nation.

 

14. Eduardo Leg Break

There have been so many shocking injuries over the years, with every bone broken on the pitch. However, the moment when Martin Taylor clattered Arsenal’s Eduardo was captured by cameras in the most brutal way possible. The Croatian striker’s leg is broken mid-air and with bone piercing the skin for all to see.

Others have suffered similar injuries, but this one was the most graphic, with Sky Sports refusing to show replays of the incident. Taylor was shown a red card as a result, while Eduardo underwent surgery and a yearlong recovery.

 

13. Hurst’s Goal

This goal was significant in more ways than one. Geoff Hurst’s second of the game gave England a crucial 3-2 lead during extra time of the 1966 World Cup final against Germany and the West Ham striker would grab one more to seal victory and become the only player to score a hat trick in football’s most important individual fixture.

 

However, the goal itself was controversial, with the debate still ongoing as to whether or not it crossed the line. The referee and linesman decided together that it did, although with a deeper analysis it looks like the wrong decision. With goal line technology a huge issue in modern day football, this was the first incident of that nature.

 

12. Moore and Pele Embrace

The game between World Cup holders England and World Cup favourites Brazil in Mexico 1970 was highly anticipated. It was also the meeting of the world’s best defender, Bobby Moore and the world’s greatest striker, Pele.

Although Brazil, the eventual champions, defeated the Three Lions 1-0, Moore excelled himself and produced the “perfect tackle” on Jarzinho. At the end of the game, Pele and Moore swapped shirts, in what is captured perfectly as the coming together of two of the greatest footballers of all time.

 

11. The Dentist Chair

Another Gazza moment and yet another controversial moment. After scoring a truly sensational goal against Scotland during Euro ’96, the former Tottenham Hotspur player celebrated his strike by acting out the “Dentist’s Chair”.

 

This celebration was in reference to an incident prior to the tournament, where the England players were photographed performing the “Dentist’s Chair” on a drunken night out. On the pitch, Gazza once again hits back at his critics by celebrating his footballing genius with controversial antics.

 

10. Iniesta Dedicates World Cup to Dani Jarque

 

Andres Iniesta will probably never score a more important goal than his extra time winner for Spain against Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final. The Barcelona midfielder removed his shirt to reveal an emotional message that read “Dani Jarque: always with us”.

In a truly memorable moment that showed Iniesta’s undeniable ecstasy in handing Spain their first ever World Cup winner, it also reminded the world of football about the Espanyol captain who died of a heart attack the previous year.

 

9. Marc-Vivien Foe Dies on the Pitch

While medics were able to save Fabrice Muamba, unfortunately for the late Marc-Vivien Foe, the same could not be said. The former West Ham player died on the pitch when on international duty for Cameroon during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The central midfielder collapsed on the pitch and medical teams quickly attempted to resuscitate Foe before he was moved off on a stretcher. Sadly, the attempts were futile as Foe was pronounced dead shortly after, in what was later confirmed to be an hereditary heart condition caused from physical exercise.

 

8. John Terry Slips

Chelsea captain and the epitome of the West London club, John Terry had the opportunity to give the Blues their first ever Champions League trophy by converting a decisive spot kick during the penalty shootout with Manchester United in 2008.

 

Chelsea fans would not have wanted anyone else to have stepped up, yet it was not meant to be as the centre back slipped on the rain-soaked Moscow pitch and ballooned his penalty high and wide. The Red Devils went on to win the shootout, leaving Terry in tears and contemplating what might have been.

 

7. Hell in Milan

A tenacious Champions League quarter final tie between Milan rivals, AC and Inter, was abandoned after flares and missiles rained down on the pitch by the Nerazzurri faithful. Inter, who were losing 3-0 on aggregate, had a goal disallowed, causing ferocious protests from the stands.

One missile hit AC keeper Dida, while at the other end, opposing players Marco Materazzi and Manuel Rui Costa wait for the game to continue in what is one of the most powerful images in football history. Despite the madness surrounding their rival supporters, this photograph shows a sense of footballing brotherhood between the two players.

 

6. England Win the World Cup

 

For England fans, this is the ultimate photograph. After a famous 4-2 victory over arch-rivals Germany in the final at Wembley, the victorious Three Lions lift their captain Bobby Moore who in turn raises the Jules Rimet trophy aloft.

 

In front of a proud nation, both in the stadium and watching at home, England fulfilled their expectations and won their first and only World Cup as host nation in 1966. This moment has lived long in the hearts of English football fans, hoping for the day when it will be recreated by the next generation of footballers.

 

5. Zinedine Zidane Headbutt

 

Every player dreams of ending his footballing career in the best way possible and Zinedine Zidane had the opportunity of captaining his country to their second World Cup, eight years after inspiring France to glory on home soil. After scoring one in the final himself, Zidane then headbutted Italy’s Marco Materazzi after the defender insulted Zidane’s sister.

The mercurial midfielder was sent off, as a result, and Italy went on to win the 2006 final following a penalty shootout. As Zidane walked off the pitch and past the famous trophy, it would be the last time the world would see one of the greatest footballers of his generation in what was the worst send off possible.

 

4. Jairzinho Lifts Pele

The most iconic photo of Pele is of the Brazilian striker being lifted up by teammate Jairzinho after he scores the first goal of the 1970 World Cup final. The best footballer the world has ever seen was the star of the Brazilian side that romped to a 4-1 win over Italy to secure their third World Cup, meaning they kept the Jules Rimet trophy.

Pele’s victoriously raised fist tells it all in what would be his last World Cup, after first featuring on the world stage as a teenager in 1958. It is truly the lasting image that the world will have of the most talented footballer to ever grace the game.

 

3. Gazza’s Tears

Paul Gascoigne, the 23 year old darling of English football at the time of the 1990 World Cup, endeared himself even further to the public following his performances at Italia ’90. The playmaker’s fearless displays earned him a place in the tournament’s All-Star Team, but it was his tears which truly sparked “Gazzamania”.

 

After receiving a yellow card in the semi-final to Germany, Gascoigne had tears in his eyes, realising he would miss the final if England were to overcome the Germans. This heartbreaking moment was followed by more waterworks as Gazza failed to hide his emotions as England suffered defeat on penalties.

 

2. “Embrace of the Soul”

One of the most powerful images in the history of football, an armless Argentinian fan goes to celebrate with the players following the side’s 3-1 win over the Netherlands on home soil in the 1978 World Cup final.

The photograph, which is widely renowned in South America, was dubbed “embrace of the soul” due to the man’s inability to physically hug Fillol Tarantini. Later reported to have lost both arms as a boy, he represented a nation that overcame politics and depression at the time to come together and rejoice in their first ever World Cup success.

 

1. Hand of God

To top off this mammoth list and officially the most iconic photograph in the history of football is Diego Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter final.

 

The Argentinian maestro openly used his hand to beat Peter Shilton and put his country ahead. Despite irate protests from the England team, the goal stood and Argentina went on to win the game 2-1, before eventually lifting the trophy itself. Although Maradona scored one of the greatest goals of all time later on in the same game, this goal is what stands out in the memory.

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