Diego Maradona: Remembering Napoli icon's free-kick goal from inside the box vs Juventus

Diego Maradona was an absolute genius

Earlier in the week, we revisited one of the greatest ever goals scored from an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area.

Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta was the man behind the masterpiece and his thunderbolt for Fiorentina versus AC Milan really was jaw-droppingly good.

After rewatching that beauty from Batigol’s right peg on a number of occasions, we asked ourselves; is that the best goal ever from an indirect free-kick in the box?

At first, our answer was ‘yes’. However, we may now have to change that to ‘no’ and that’s all because of one man – the late, great Diego Armando Maradona.

In November 1985, the footballing icon produced a free-kick goal from inside the box for Napoli versus Michel Platini’s Juventus that almost defies description.

Why do we say that? Because Maradona’s effort all those years ago in Naples that secured a 1-0 victory for his team didn’t reach its intended destination through sheer power.

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Instead, the diminutive genius’ strike was all about technique and placement.

Maradona received a short pass from teammate Eraldo Pecci inside the area and then proceeded to curl the ball over the wall and past Juventus goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi.

Check out one of the greatest free-kick goals in history here…

Video: Maradona’s physics-defying free-kick vs Juventus

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There aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to do that strike from Maradona justice.

It was the definition of ‘footballing perfection’ and Tacconi himself recently stated that it was the Argentine’s finest ever goal, ahead of his famous solo effort against England at the 1986 World Cup.

“That was the second most beautiful goal that Diego ever scored,” the former Juve ‘keeper told ANSA.

“It was an impossible goal and if I had saved it they would have given me a medal.

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“When you get beaten by certain champions, you can remember it for the rest of your life and tell your grandchildren, it wasn’t as if you were beaten by just anyone.

“It was an impossible goal, for the simple reason that the barrier was extremely close; it was an indirect free kick, from inside the area, I couldn’t see the ball, I dived instinctually, but he had already foreseen where that trajectory would end up.

“It was a real touch of genius.”

Maradona really was a unique talent and less than two years after his memorable free-kick versus Juve, he guided Napoli to their first ever Serie A title.

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