When Diego Maradona played for Tottenham at White Hart Lane against Inter Milan in boots he borrowed from Clive Allen
Diego Maradona once played for Tottenham Hotspur, not that it appears in the record books, but evidence of one incredible night is all there.
One of football’s greatest ever players has passed away, but around 30,0000 lucky Spurs fans will all remember the night he graced their famous old White Hart Lane stadium.
Here, talkSPORT.com looks at when one of football’s finest donned a Spurs shirt.
Why? The Argentina international was appearing in international team-mate Ossie Ardiles’ testimonial, against Inter in May 1986, meaning for one night Tottenham’s midfield consisted of Glenn Hoddle, Chris Waddle, Ardiles and Maradona, who turned up without boots and had to borrow Clive Allen’s.
“Ossie says: ‘Who takes [size] six and a half?’” Allen recalled to Kick Off on talkSPORT.
“I tell him I do and that I had two pairs of boots; one old pair I’d worn all season and a new pair I was breaking in, so I said: ‘Diego, be my guest and take whatever pair you want!’”
Acting as translator, Ardiles explained Maradona wanted the old ones, but after about five minutes of pleading from Allen, he was convinced to use the newer pair and even signed them for him after the game.
And Allen also scored the winner in a 2-1 win, with Mark Falco scoring the other.
“I’ve never played in a game where I felt like a spectator because, on the night, Diego and Glenn were just on another planet,” he added.
“They were telepathic, and you just wanted them to have the ball. Some of the flicks and skills were incredible.”
Waddle was equally impressed by his presence. “We were saying to Ossie afterwards, ‘What did he think?’” he told tottenhamhotspur.com.
“When we were saying that, Maradona came up to me in the dressing room and shook my hand. And through Ossie’s translation, he said, ‘very good player, he should play in Italy’.
“I thought, ‘Wow, Maradona just said I’m a good player’.”
In the video above, Martin Tyler asked the player whether he could envisage any problems if England and Argentina met in the upcoming 1986 World Cup, considering the thunderous reception he received from fans inside the stadium.
Maradona said he couldn’t…