MIDFIELD: Diego Maradona (Argentina)To some, the best player ever; Pele is the only rival Maradona has for that title. The Argentina legend was ‘El Pipe de Oro (the Golden Boy)’. He dragged Napoli to numerous honours during his time in Italy, and turned a good Argentina side into World Cup winners in 1986. He played at three other finals tournaments – helping his country to the final in 1990 – and was the first player to set the world transfer record twice. In total, Maradona played 91 times for Argentina and scored 34 goals. Two of those goals – perhaps the two most famous – came against England at Mexico ’86; he beat Peter Shilton with the ‘Hand of God’ to hand Argentina the lead, then scored the ‘Goal of the Century’ just four minutes later. 12 12 The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so talkSPORT.com are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 1990 edition; won by West Germany in Italy. Italia 90 is a tournament with a cult legacy, despite the largely dreadful football on display and the dirty approach to the game shown by a number of teams. In fact, the average goals per game of 2.21 is a record low that still stands, and the 16 red cards shown was the highest of any previous World Cup finals.Nonetheless, there were highlights: England had a team fans could be proud of; Toto Schillaci came from obscurity to finish the tournament as top scorer and best player; and Roger Milla showed off his fine goalscoring skills and his even better talent on the dancefloor.Schillaci was the star player in Italy, but who else performed to the best of their abilities during the finals? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below 1990 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: ItalyChampions: West GermanyRunners-up: ArgentinaThird place: ItalyFourth place: EnglandTop scorer: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy) – 6 goalsBest Player: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)Best Young Player: Roberto Prosinecki (Yugoslavia) 12 GOALKEEPER: Sergio Goycochea (Argentina)Goycochea’s story is a fascinating one – he started the tournament as the reserve goalkeeper to Nery Pumpido and barely started, even for his club. When Pumpido was injured in Argentina’s second group game against the Soviet Union, Goycochea got his big break. He was the hero in the quarter-final and semi-final penalty shootout victories against Yugoslavia and Italy, making a name for himself as a penalty-saving specialist. Ironically, it was a spot-kick that condemned Argentina to defeat in the final against Germany, and he so-nearly saved that one as well. 1990 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM 12 DEFENCE: Franco Baresi (Italy)One of the greatest defenders of all time, surely? He ranked 19th in World Soccer magazine’s 100 greatest players of the 20th century. With Milan, where he spent all 20 years of his glorious career, he won three Champions Leagues and six Serie A’s. He also has a World Cup winners medal – from 1982 (even though he didn’t play a single game). Italia ’90 was where he really made a name for himself. His performances, much like Maldini’s, have come to characterise an entire brand of defending. Baresi formed one of the most formidable defences of all time, both with the Azzurri and Milan. He had it all, despite only being 5ft 7in. MIDFIELD: Dragan Stojkovic (Yugoslavia)Widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football. The highlight of a career blighted by chronic injuries was undoubtedly Italia ’90. He carried Yugoslavia to the quarter-finals after scoring both goals in their 2-1 victory over Spain in the last-16. But he was one of three Yugoslavs to miss in the penalty shootout defeat to World Champions Argentina in the quarter-final. Nonetheless, a worthy member of the World Cup All-Star Team. 12 12 12 MIDFIELD: Paul Gascoigne (England)Gazza’s tears – written in English folk law as one of the most iconic World Cup moments. The funny thing is, they ended up being for nothing. Having already recieved a booking in England’s 1-0 victory over Belgium in the second round, Gascoigne saw yellow in the infamous semi-final against West Germany, meaning he would miss the final if England got there. He instantly became a national treasure. But crying doesn’t get you in the World Cup All-Star Team, and it’s worth remembering that Gazza was exceptional in Italy. On his day, one of the best this country has ever produced. 12 DEFENCE: Paolo Maldini (Italy)The legendary Italian holds the record for most minutes played in World Cup matches with 2,216, and this is where it all began. Making his World Cup debut, then-21-year-old Maldini appeared in all seven Italy matches, starring in a defence that kept a World Cup-record five consecutive clean sheets. Argentina were the team to eventually bring 518 goalless minutes to an end by equalising in the semi-final. FORWARD: Jurgen Klinsmann (West Germany)Klinsmann scored in all six major tournaments he participated in, from Euro 1988 to the 1998 World Cup, and 1990 saw one of the most complete performances from any striker at a World Cup. In the last-16, West Germany were staring elimination in the face after Rudi Voller was sent off in the 22nd minute against the Netherlands. Klinsmann was forced to play as a lone striker, but delivered an incredible performance in which he occupied the entire Dutch defence and scored the opening goal. But many remember him for what was percieved to be a dive in the final, which saw Argentina’s Pedro Monzon sent off. FORWARD: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)The surprise star of Italia ’90. He came on as a substitute in Italy’s first two games and went on to score six goals in the tournament, winning the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball as the best player ahead of Matthaus and Maradona. Schillaci put the hosts in front in their semi-final against Argentina, but when the game went to penalties, he controversially refused to take one as his team were eliminated. 12 12 DEFENCE: Andreas Brehme (West Germany)The only man ever to score penalties with both feet at a World Cup. And one of them was the decisive goal in the 1990 World Cup final – which he took with his right foot. Four years earlier, he scored in the victorious penalty shootout against Mexico in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final with his left foot. England fans will not have fond memories of Brehme, the man who scored that jammy deflected free-kick in the 1990 semi-final and (obviously) made no mistake in the ensuing shootout. 12 12 MIDFIELD: Lothar Matthaus (West Germany)Diego Maradona described him as his greatest ever rival, which makes Matthaus pretty special. He was at the peak of his powers in 1990, winning the Ballon D’Or. The box-to-box midfielder is the most capped German player of all time and also holds the record for the most World Cup matches played (25). He captained West Germany to victory against Maradona’s Argentina in the final, avenging the 1986 defeat, and immortalised himself by lifting the trophy shortly before German reunification months later. FORWARD: Roger Milla (Cameroon)Mila’s rise to stardom came late. At 38 years old, he became one of the first major African stars on the international stage by guiding Cameroon to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals. He scored four goals as his nation became the first African team to reach that stage of the competition. Most importantly, he popularised the celebration in which he danced around the corner flag, which has lived on ever since. Four years later, he would become the oldest ever goalscorer at the World Cup, by scoring against Russia as a 42-year-old.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.