The shirt that was worn by Legend footballer Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup,
One of the most controversial goals of football history is now for sale, as sports fans with money can bid on the Maradona Shirt
On Wednesday, April 20th, the online auction will get open and Auctioneer Sotheby’s stated that the jersey could go for than 4 million pounds
Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, said the Maradona shirt is “on a small list of the most important sports memorabilia items in the world.”
“I’ll never get to handle anything this good again,” Wachter said.
“The moment is iconic in the history of sports.”
In the 1986 world cup, during the quarter-finals, Argentina captain, Diego Maradona scored two goals, the first goal was the controversial one as the goal was ruled as a header but originally the ball bounced off Maradona’s hand which was out of official sight and the goal was ruled on.
After the match, Diego Maradona said that it had been scored “a little with the head of Maradona, and a little with the hand of God.”
Maradona’s second goal was voted as “goal of the century” by FIFA as Maradona dribbled past almost every England defender and scored an amazing goal.
Wachter stated the two goals “balance each other brilliantly” and also showed Maradona’s two personality
The first “was really cunning and did involve an element of luck,” he said.
“But then he scored a second goal, which was one of the most unbelievable – almost angelic – goals ever.”
Argentina won the match 2-1 and went on to win the World Cup. Maradona, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, struggled with cocaine abuse and other excesses and died in November 2020 at age 60.
Later on that 1986 world cup, Argentina went on to win it and Maradona was considered as the greatest player of all time, although Maradona also suffered some dark days as he was struggling with cocaine abuse and other problems and died in November 2020 at the age of 60.
Steve Hodge, the English Midfielder who swapped shirts with Diego Maradona, who never sold the iconic shirt, until now. Past 20 years it had been in England’s National football museum in Manchester.
From the auction committee, the game-worn jersey could beat a record for a piece of sportswear, recently held by a Babe Ruth New York Yankees jersey that sold for $5.64 million in 2019.
The shirt will be on for the auction in Sotheby’s London showroom during the April 20-May 4 bidding period.