One of the key talking points of the 1984 Spanish football season was the rivalry between the legendary Diego Maradona and Andoni Goikoetxea, the ‘Butcher of Bilbao’. The war between the players was a combination of the following two battles.

On 24th September 1983, Goikoetxea’s atrocious tackle on Maradona severely injured the Argentine and sidelined him for three months. Andoni went on to furtherAi??aggravate the scenario by claiming he had kept the boots he wore that day in a glass case, as a trophy.

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Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao met in the same season’s cup final and the incidents of their first meeting weren’t forgotten. Diego Maradona kicked Andoni in the head that triggered one of the worst mass brawls in the history of the game. Maradona wasn’t finished, though. He went on a kicking blitz that notably knocked Bilbao’s keeper out. Isn’t Wayne Rooney an angel in comparison?

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  1. inder says:

    Lol, Diego isn’t like Messi in that aspect:) talk about taking revenge:)