Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team head coach Terry Fenwick extended condolences to iconic Argentina football star Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away today at the age of 60.
Maradona, a 1986 World Cup winner who twice broke the world record as the most expensive footballer, died of a heart attack in Argentina.
Maradona shared the field with Fenwick at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, and scored twice to eliminate England 2-1 in the quarterfinal round. His first goal, punched in with his hand, is arguably the World Cup’s most infamous item.
His second strike, when he dribbled past half of the England team—including Fenwick—before finishing, remains the most memorable moment in the game.
“Today is an extremely sad day for world football,” Fenwick told the TTFA Media. “I would like to extend condolences to Diego’s family, his friends and all of his former teammates, especially all the guys who were on the field that day in ’86.
“I can recall it like yesterday. It is one of the matches and moments that never leaves you. For me, he was undoubtedly the greatest to ever play the game and certainly the best I have ever encountered.
“As much as we were steaming mad about the [first] goal that was allowed and the fact that we lost and had to pack our bags after that game, we were all in awe of what he was capable of—what he did generally in that game and the tournament as a whole. It was just pure genius.
“Indeed a privilege to share the same pitch and come up against such a unique figure. RIP Diego.”
In 2000, Fifa created a one-off award to determine the greatest player of the last century. On 11 December, they announced that the honour would be shared between Brazil legend Pelé and Maradona, after the Argentine topped the internet poll while the Brazilian garnered more votes from Fifa’s ‘football family’ of officials, journalists and coaches—who they commissioned to weigh in on the subject after the online referendum went Maradona’s way.
Apart from World Cup titles as youth and senior level with Argentina, Maradona is fondly remembered for memorable, title-winning stints with Boca Juniors and Napoli, while he also won the Copa Del Rey, Copa de la Liga and Supercopa de España with Barcelona.