The player? Diego Maradona. Rashford called the great Argentinean World Cup winner “one of my favourite footballers”, adding, “The stuff he used to do on the pitch in that era, it was really only him doing it. Maradona’s mind was so advanced for his time, and his creativity.” Speaking in The Times, Rashford said, “That’s always something that has attracted me to football, being yourself, being creative, expressing yourself. It’s what I’ve always been told growing up from the coaches at United. Maradona is one of those players who embodies that.”
One man who played against Maradona at his peak was England midfielder Trevor Steven. Part of the England team who were knocked out by Argentina at the 1986 World Cup, Steven was on the pitch for both Maradona’s quarter-final goals: the infamous handball incident and his second, a sensational dribble and finish past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Capped 36 times by England, Steven enjoyed huge success at club level for Everton and Glasgow Rangers. Now an analyst for Bein Sports, Steven spoke to EDGAR about that memorable Maradona match in 1986.
What was Maradona’s status before the 1986 World Cup?
He was the best player in the world at that time. He was a phenomenon, a master, a living legend who was completely different to anybody else playing at that time. He was a master. Maradona was still quite young at that tournament [he was 25] but everybody knew about him and his impact on football was already incredible.