June 22 is a date that will live long in the memory of England supporters as Diego Maradona broke their hearts with the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal and it will now be also remembered at the date that he signalled his intentions at becoming the new president of FIFA, Mirror Sport reports.
19 years ago in the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and the Three Lions, Maradona stole the show on that day as he scored one of the most controversial goals in football history but then followed it up with one of the goals of the century a few minutes later.
Now the Argentine great has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace the shamed Sepp Blatter as the new president of FIFA.
Blatter resigned from his post [via BBC Sport] shortly after being re-elected for a fifth term as he is being investigated by US officials as part of their ‘inquiry into corruption at the world football body’ [via BBC News].
News of Maradona’s intentions to replace Blatter was revealed by Uruguayan author and journalist Victor Hugo Morales over the weekend.
He posted the news via his official Twitter account after speaking with Maradona.
Llamé a Diego Maradona para ver cómo estaba su papá. Me contó que iba a ser candidato a presidente de la FIFA y me autorizó a comunicarlo.
— Víctor Hugo Morales (@vh590) June 22, 2015