The World Cup is an event that has a rich history and features many significant moments. Beginning with the most groundbreaking records and moving on to the most controversial situations.
As soon as it was first played in 1930, the World Cup quickly established itself as the most prestigious football event that could be played anywhere in the world. Legendary gamers from all around the world have ranked themselves among the top spots in the list.
Brazil is the nation that holds the most World Cup titles, having taken home the trophy for this competition a total of five times. They were then followed by Germany and Italy, who also have four World Cup victories between them. In light of this, we have compiled a list of the five most historically significant occurrences that occurred throughout the World Cup.
Maradona against England (1986)
At the 1986 World Cup, the great Argentine footballer Diego Maradona scored a goal against England on June 22, 1986 that would later become the subject of much debate.
Maradona, who was attempting to break through the English defense, was the one who scored the goal, which became popularly known as “the goal from God’s hand.” His fellow player, Jorge Valdano, received the ball from him and ran with it.
However, Valdano was unable to maintain control of this bait, and it was eventually played into the hands of Steve Hodge, an English midfielder who was guarding Valdano at the time. Hodge was responsible for the ball landing within the box after it had deflected off of him.
Maradona went for the loose ball and attempted to head it directly at the goalie for England, Peter Shilton, while he was in a one-on-one situation. As a result of Maradona’s diminutive stature, he was unable to prevent the ball from going into the goal until he finally brushed it off with his hands. Despite the complaints of the English players, the goal was judged to have been scored inside the allowed parameters.
Grosso Penalty (2006)
It’s safe to say that Fabio Grosso is one of the Italians reviled the most in Australia. This is based on what Grosso performed at the World Cup in 2006, which took place in 2006.
The match between Italy and Australia in the round of 16 ended in a scoreless tie until extra time was played. Extra time was required to decide the winner. Nevertheless, calamity befell the team before the match was completed.
It seemed as though Grosso was purposefully put into the Australian penalty box. The Australian players who witnessed the diving incident instantly complained, but the referee disregarded their comments and continued with the penalty.
Following the passage of a significant amount of time, Grosso was the subject of an interview in which he was questioned regarding the occurrence. He was still emphatic about the fact that he had been dropped by his opponent, and not that he had fallen himself purposefully.
In the end, the rice has been reduced to a mushy consistency. Italy prevailed in the end, as the Azzurri went on to win the World Cup in 2006 after claiming victory over France in the tournament’s championship match.
The first ever World Cup championship for Spain (2010)
One of the World Cups that will go down in the history of the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Largely due to the fact that the Spanish national team at that time had the highest level of performance and talent.
Despite only scoring a few goals, Spain was able to get rid of all of its rivals, including the Netherlands. In the main match, Spain won even though they only won by one point.
The final score was 1-0. Andres Iniesta is hailed as a national hero in Spain. After scoring the decisive goal in the 116th minute. Thus, this achievement became Spain’s first achievement in winning the World Cup.
Gotze German Hero (2014)
Lionel Messi and Argentina were both at the peak of their respective careers during the 2014 World Cup. It makes perfect sense that they have made it this far.
In a cruel twist of fate, they turned against the Germans. The country that previously knocked Brazil out of the competition by beating them 7-1.
Argentina and Germany both played very well in the championship game. But neither team was able to score, so the game went to extra time. This is the point where disaster occurs. Head coach Joachim Low decided to replace Mario Gotze with their previous striker, Miroslav Klose.
After coming off the bench, Gotze scored the game-winning goal for Germany in the 113th minute. This goal made Gotze a national hero in Germany. The 2014 World Cup has been won by Der Panzer, and the trophy has been presented to them.
Magical Ronaldo Nazario (2002)
The name Ronaldo Nazario is a player from Brazil. How could it not be, considering that he is a famous player as well as a national hero in Brazil?
In the 2002 World Cup, Brazil continued to qualify from the group stage and entered the finals easily. They face Germany. Germany, which at that time also had great players like the legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
On the other hand, Ronaldo looks like he will destroy everyone. Because he is the only Brazilian player to score in the semifinals and finals. Ronaldo was honored with the Golden Shoe award as a direct result of this. Because of this achievement, he won the Ballon d’Or trophy in 2002.