Almost every World Cup has a storyline and one story that dominates the entire tournament. Just ask anybody some of their most memorable or most shocking world cup moments and you'll get an answer from every person. Without giving away any secrets here is out top 5 most shocking and most memorable World Cup moments.
Headbutt Zidane on MaterazziThe World Cup 2006 finals saw Zinedine Zidane win the tournament MVP and he was certainly the highlight of the tournament in a good and bad way. Unfortunately for Zidane his last playing role will always be remembered for the vicious headbutting incident delivered to Marco Materazzi.
Baggio misses penalty kick and loses final matchIf you watched the final of the World Cup in 1994 in America you would have seen a great tournament come down to 2 great teams in Italy and Brazil. Roberto Baggio was certainly the star of the tournament and in the knockout rounds he produced 5 goals to give him 6 in the tournament. But the final game was against powerhouse Brazil and the game was a 0-0 draw going to penalty kicks. Baggio was the last player to shoot for Italy and needed to score to keep Italy alive. With his goal scoring touch everyone expected the star of the tournament to come up big for his country but instead the striker blasted the ball a little too high over the cross bar.
It might be painful for some to watch but here is the final play of the 1994 tournament in USA
Maradona Hand of God Goal against EnglandIn the 1986 World Cup tournament where Argentina became the World Champions against England he scored one of the most controversial goals ever scored. For this famous and shocking goal the goal itself was awarded the name 'Hand of God' goal and these words are synonymous with Diego Maradona. A goal that needs little introduction:
Battle of Santiago violent game
Fortunately this game has happened so long ago that most wouldn't know that footage existed but it goes. Probably known as one of the most violent games in World Cup History it featured Italy versus Chile in the 1962 World Cup where both teams seemed intent on injuring each other.
Andres Escobar Columbia player murdered after own goal
For some players when playing for their country in the World Cup must have events like this in the back of their mind. Nobody wants to have an own goal hurting their team but what is worse is when people from your own country turn against you. 10 days after scoring the own goal in the 1994 tournament in America, Escobar was shot 12 times near a bar of his home town of Medellin. It is suspected that a sports betting team was behind the murder as it most likely cost them a lot of money for the loss of that game.