Football, also known as soccer, is one of the most popular sports in the world. It has the power to unite people from different cultures and backgrounds, and has given us some of the most thrilling and unforgettable moments in sports history. From last-minute goals to incredible comebacks, here are the top 10 football moments that stunned the world.

1. The Hand of God – Argentina vs. England (1986): In the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup, Argentine legend Diego Maradona controversially used his hand to score against England. Despite protests from the English players, the goal was allowed to stand, leading Argentina to a 2-1 victory and ultimately the World Cup title.

2. The Miracle of Istanbul – AC Milan vs. Liverpool (2005): In the final of the 2005 Champions League, AC Milan took a commanding 3-0 lead over Liverpool at halftime. However, Liverpool staged a miraculous comeback in the second half, scoring three goals in six minutes to equalize and eventually winning on penalties.

3. The Invincibles – Arsenal’s unbeaten season (2003-2004): Arsenal made history by going an entire 38-game Premier League season without losing a single match. Led by manager Arsène Wenger and talismanic striker Thierry Henry, the Gunners became known as “The Invincibles.”

4. Zinedine Zidane’s Headbutt – France vs. Italy (2006): In the final of the 2006 World Cup, French captain Zinedine Zidane stunned the world by headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest. Zidane was sent off and Italy went on to win the match on penalties, with the incident overshadowing Zidane’s legendary career.

5. Leicester City’s Premier League title win (2015-2016): In one of the greatest underdog stories in sports history, Leicester City defied all odds by winning the Premier League title in the 2015-2016 season. Led by manager Claudio Ranieri and star striker Jamie Vardy, the Foxes shocked the football world with their remarkable achievement.

6. The Hand of God II – Luis Suarez vs. Ghana (2010): In the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez infamously used his hand to block a goal-bound shot from Ghana in the dying moments of extra time. Suarez was sent off, but Ghana missed the subsequent penalty, allowing Uruguay to advance to the semifinals.

7. Roberto Baggio’s penalty miss – Italy vs. Brazil (1994): In the final of the 1994 World Cup, Italy’s Roberto Baggio had the chance to win the tournament for his country with a penalty in the shootout. However, Baggio famously blazed his shot over the crossbar, handing Brazil the victory.

8. Maradona’s “Goal of the Century” – Argentina vs. England (1986): Just four minutes after his infamous “Hand of God” goal, Diego Maradona scored one of the greatest individual goals in football history. Maradona dribbled past five England players before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper to seal Argentina’s victory.

9. Barcelona’s comeback against PSG (2017): In the second leg of the round of 16 in the 2016-2017 Champions League, Barcelona produced a stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain. Trailing 4-0 from the first leg, Barça won 6-1 in the return match, with Sergi Roberto scoring the decisive goal in the final minutes.

10. The Miracle in Munich – Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich (1999): In the final of the 1999 Champions League, Manchester United scored two late goals in injury time to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were the heroes for United, completing the famous comeback.

These unforgettable football moments have captivated fans around the world and will be remembered for generations to come. Whether it’s a last-minute goal, a controversial decision, or an incredible comeback, football has the power to surprise and delight us in ways that few other sports can.

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