Definition of Hand of God Goal

What is the meaning of the 'Hand of God Goal' in the game of soccer?

The 'Hand of God Goal' is a term used to describe one of the most controversial goals in the history of the game, scored by one of the biggest football stars of all time, Diego Armando Maradona.

The meaning of the term Hand of God Goal when it comes to sports and more specifically World Cup soccer.The goal happened in the 51st minute of the quarterfinal match between Argentina and England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and it tied the game between the two rivaling nations to a score of 1-1. Maradona scored a goal with the help of his hand to beat goalie Peter Shilton and produced one of the most stunning moments in tournament history.

Argentina won the game 2-1 thanks to another goal for the history books by Diego Maradona, which became known as 'Goal of the Century'. Argentina ended up winning the World Cup that year and Maradona won the Golden Ball.

Maradona went on record saying that he scored the famous first goal 'a little with his head and a little with the hand of God'. This is when the term was coined.


After looking at the goal from all available angles, the consensus today is that the 'Hand of God Goal' would never be allowed with the use of the VAR technology.


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