The greatest world cup moments of all time include Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ at Mexico ‘86, Geoff Hurst’s hat trick in ‘66, and Gordon Banks’ save from Pele’s header in 1970.
Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina at France ’98 and Gazza’s tears at Italia 90 also ranked highly in the top 20 list.
Other unforgettable moments chosen by the 2,000 football fans polled include Ronaldinho’s outrageous lobbing of David Seaman at the 2002 World Cup and Bobby Moore lifting the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.
For 39 per cent of respondents, a demonstration of brilliant skill is what is most needed to make a standout moment at the World Cup truly iconic.
And 36 per cent love the drama of an unexpected result, whether a last-minute upset – or the snatching of victory from the jaws of defeat.
The research was commissioned by Sky ahead of the 13th November, when three world cup documentaries will be aired based on Geoff Hurst, Italia 90 and the 2002 cup-winning side, Brazil.
Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries & factual for Sky, said: “Every four years, the World Cup puts the beautiful game under a global spotlight.
“In those conditions, under that pressure, players have the opportunity to elevate themselves to living legend status – or to go down in infamy.
“In any case, the results of our study seem to have uncovered an appetite in British football fans for all flavours of world cup drama.”
The study also found 52 per cent of fans are looking to the future and hope to witness more iconic moments this month in Qatar.
And one in six (17 per cent) think sporting events like the World Cup feel like more of an event when hosted abroad, compared to matches happening domestically.
While 32 per cent think sporting events like the World Cup are a great opportunity

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