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Diego Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ shirt sells for over £7m at auction

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The shirt worn by Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona whereas he helped defeat England with two of most well-known objectives in soccer historical past has offered at public sale for over £7million.

 

Maradona wore the brilliant blue strip as he scored the notorious ‘Hand of God’ aim early within the second half of the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in opposition to the Three Lions of England.

 

Diego Maradona

 

Within the match, Maradona jumped and touched the ball past Peter Shilton together with his fist – which the referee did not see to place Argentina forward, later saying the aim was made “just a little with the pinnacle of Maradona and just a little with the hand of God”.

Minutes later,  Maradona aged 25 on the time, scored what many imagine to be the best aim of all time, beginning his run from in his personal half and dribbling a number of English gamers earlier than scoring.

 

 The aim has been dubbed the ‘Purpose of the Century’ by FIFA.

After the sport, Maradona swapped shirts with England midfield participant Steve Hodge, who continued to personal it whereas loaning it to Manchester’s Nationwide Soccer Museum for 20 years.

Steve Hodge, now aged 59 determined to promote the jersey and public sale home, Sotheby’s organized the public sale.

 

Diego Maradona

 

Bidding opened from 20 April till 4 Could with the ultimate bid being a staggering £7,142,500, making the shirt the costliest match-worn sports activities jersey in historical past.

“I’ve been the proud proprietor of this merchandise for over 35 years, since Diego and I swapped shirts within the tunnel after the famed match,” Hodge mentioned upon placing the shirt up on the market. 

 

“It was an absolute privilege to have performed in opposition to one of many biggest and most opulent soccer gamers of all time. It has additionally been a pleasure to share it with the general public during the last 20 years on the Nationwide Soccer Museum, the place it has been on show.

“The Hand of God shirt has deep cultural that means to the soccer world, the folks of Argentina, and the folks of England, and I am sure that the brand new proprietor can have immense pleasure in proudly owning the world’s most iconic soccer shirt.”

 

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