Lineker shared a video of an interview with Maradona after a Gimnasia de La Plata match and used it to make a funny comment to Reid, one of the first players that the Argentine dribbled in the emblematic goal.
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When Diego Armando Maradona stepped on the ball from his back in the center of the playing field of the Azteca Stadium in Mexico, Peter Reid was one of the two players who arrived to score it without much luck along with Peter Beardsley. Diego escaped and Reid became one of the most privileged witnesses of that work of art.
The passage of time did not dilute that feat of the Argentine footballer, who today works as coach of Gimnasia de La Plata. Former striker Gary Lineker , who scored the discount goal in England's 2-1 loss to Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, revived that iconic goal in a very unique way .
Lineker is currently a television commentator in his country and one of the most active former footballers on social networks. His journalist colleague Gary Taphouse shared the video of an interview with Maradona on the field of play after a Lobo de La Plata game and expressed solidarity with the assistant who brought the advertising curtain around the stadium behind Maradona so that he can appear on camera .
Lineker was not too interested in that subject, who took that particular scene to make a load of his former teammate in the English team. “Are you the one holding the Peter Reid board?” , he asked, mocking that the midfielder who passed through Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers –among others– was one of the players who most appeared on the scene at that time.
Far from getting angry, the former athlete who is 64 years old today jumped on the joke. “I wouldn't get that close to him. Social distancing, ” said the man who wore number 16 that afternoon in Mexico, following the line of humor. Lineker completed the scene with a smiley face.
“That goal was something very special, incredible. This was so good that for the only time in my career I thought I would clap after the goal, even though I was playing the game. It was very special. He is a very good player, incredible ” , Lineker himself had said months ago in an interview that he gave the Argentine program 90 Minutes .
At that time, he also referred to the comparison between Diego and Lionel Messi: “They are very similar in some way to the left. For me they are both the best players of all time . Sometimes they are very similar, but in the way of living they are very different. Messi's career has been very long, Diego's shorter due to the problems he has had off the field. It is difficult to compare such good players from different times. The truth is that the two are phenomena.
I wouldn't get that close to him, social distancing.
– Peter Reid (@ reid6peter) October 2, 2020