In 1982 he was almost 22 and he was one of the best and most known players in the world: press, television and fans considered him the new Pelé and the new shining star of football. In 1982 he played a good tournament, scoring twice against Hungary as Argentina won 4-1 with goals by Bertoni (28.), Maradona (29. and 57.), Ardiles (61.). Maradona showed his pure class in the first matches, he was a great player indeed. Argentina qualified for the second round ranking as runner-up in the group losing to Belgium 0-1, but winning against Hungary 4-1 and El Salvador 2-0.
Maradona now had to face Brazil and Italy in the group! What some matches! Argentina lost the first match against Italy 1-2 and Maradona was followed for the whole match by the tough Italian defender Gentile. In the same match a wonderful free kick by Maradona hit the post. Then Argentina lost 1-3 against Brazil and Maradona was shown the red card. They were out of the tournament. Italy went through defeating Brazil 3-2 after an extraordinary match.
Maradona's cup was over. But in 4 years he would have showed to the whole world that he was the number one captaining Argentina to win their second title in Mexico, where he was consacrated as a legend of football.
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