Although I did read an article in the Mundo Deportivo edition of Jan of 1984, which was in regards to Maradona, but this is what it said: "Maradona is the current best player in Spanish league football, and possibly the number 1 in the world, although in this case there are some managers that may incline themselves in favor for Zico, Rummenigge or Falcao." The author was J.J. Castillo. So perhaps Rummenigge was still seen as one of the very best. I know he was alongside Platini and Maradona the top-3 stars going into WC86, according to El Grafico. But yes, he had suffered some setbacks with injuries during those years.