The former English goalkeeper Peter Shilton, victim of the famous “hand of God”, a goal scored by Maradona in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup, reacted to his death.
Shilton regrets that Maradona never apologized for the goal, the first of two he scored in that match, won 2-1 in Mexico City, in an interview with Daily Mail. The Argentine forward was “the greatest player I have ever faced,” admitted Shilton. “What I don’t like is that he never apologized,” he said.
“At no time did he admit to having cheated and said he would like to apologize,” he notes. “Instead, he used his phrase ‘hand of God.’ It wasn’t fair.” “It seems he had greatness in him, but unfortunately no sportsmanship,” he concludes.
Shilton, 71, notes that her life “has long been linked with that of Diego Maradona, and not in the way I would have liked.” “But I am saddened to learn of his death at such a young age,” he adds. “He was without a doubt the greatest player I have ever faced and my thoughts are with his family.”