Clarke_B wrote:WoodsyGreen wrote:Clarke_B wrote:WoodsyGreen wrote: Obviously an incredible, other-wordly player, but I've never been able to get past the thought that he was on some kind of performance-enhancing drugs at the '86 World Cup.
There have long been rumours that Argentina's 1978 squad were given drugs to aid their energy levels. There have been claims that they were so high on speed that they had to run for hours after games to use up the excess energy. They supposedly used a waterboy to supply clean urine so they would pass their drug tests. This was a nation not averse to giving their athletes a 'boost'.
Then there's the fact that Maradona openly admitted using a fake penis and a bag of urine to fool drug testers for years. He did it so often it became part of his matchday routine. This was a man for whom drugs were a major part of life.
Fifa protocols eventually changed to combat his evasive measures and his drug-taking finally caught up with him at the 1994 World Cup, where a nurse actually escorted him from the pitch holding his hand after he had played against Nigeria. He thus had no opportunity to obtain clean urine and he was caught so pumped full of ephedrine that he could have taken on the Chinese Army.
So yes, 'that' goal against England was incredible. But in my eyes, too incredible.
Drugs or no drugs...Shilton shouldn't have been outjumped by someone who was 5 ft 4!
No, although Shilton was only 6ft himself, not big for a keeper.
That being said, he probably wouldn't have been out-jumped if Maradona hadn't used his arm. If you look at the many photos of the incident, Shilton's fist is higher than Maradona's head and it's entirely possible (though we'll never know for sure), that he would have beaten him to it under normal 'fair' circumstances.
Have another look at the footage and still photos of the Hand of God goal. Shiltons feet were barely off the pitch. He didn't even jump properly!
That's the point though isn't it, he didn't think he had to.
He said himself that he never came out for a ball he wasn't certain he could win, and I'll take his word over either of ours.