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5 biggest lies in the history of football

Check out what some football personnel lied about in the past and find out why they did so in this article.

1.The infamous ‘hand of God’ goal by Diego Maradona

In the World Cup 1986 quarter-final match between Argentina and England, Maradona scored a controversial goal using his hand. He claimed that he scored the goal by punching the ball into the net. Once the ball went into the net, he looked at the touch judge and “saw that he was heading back to halfway” to restart the match. In an interview, “I said to my team-mates to come and embrace me and celebrate the goal. They were a little hesitant . They came over to embrace me but it was as if they were saying: ‘We’ve robbed them.”

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2.The test of loyalty by Ronaldinho

Before the el clasico in 2005, Ronaldinho called everyone on his team and informed them that he will join Real Madrid and asked each of them to keep that information as a secret and not to betray him. They kept it to themselves and before going out for the el clasico match, he gave a little speech to his teammates, “Today we have a very important match, but in the last few days, I discovered that we were a family.  I called each of you during the night and I told you that I was leaving in June, but none of you spoke. After that I realised that we were ready to suffer in silence rather than betray each other. I’ll stay here for a long time… Now let’s go into the field and give a lesson to these players of Real Madrid!””. Barca won the match.


3. “As long as I get to play football…”- Casemiro

Casemiro is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders of all time but do you know that when he went for a trial at Sao Paulo, he was a forward? Yes! The Real Madrid player revealed that he had to lie to get to where he is today.

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4.Luis Figo’s controversial transfer

Figo joined Barca in 1995 and helped the team win so many matches. He became such a sensation that Real Madrid wished he would play for their club. Then came Florentino Perez, who really wanted to be the president of Real Madrid. Perez approached Figo’s agent with a large sum of money; Figo would get RM 8Million (£1.6m) up-front for signing a contract that said he would join Real Madrid if Perez won the election and even if Perez lost, he would get to keep the entire sum of money. Sounds good right? Figo and his team accepted the deal. However, Perez had inserted a clause in the contract that stated if Figo refused to join Madrid after Perez’s successful election win, he would owe the club RM95 million (£19m) in compensation. Perez won and the rest is history. Some Barcelona fans still haven’t forgiven Figo to this day.

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5.Sol Campbell the traitor

Currently managing League One club Southend United, Campbell played for Tottenham Hotspur for 9 years before joining their worst enemy, Arsenal in 2001. He has been labelled “Judas” by some Spurs supporters. 

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