Diego Maradona’s 1986 Argentine ‘Hand of God’ shirt is set to sell for over £4m at auction
DIEGO MARADONA’s Argentina 1986 World Cup ‘Hand of God’ shirt is expected to sell for over £4million at auction.
The late legendary icon scored both goals against England in the quarter-finals.
Maradona’s first was controversially scored, using his hand to beat Peter Shilton.
However, his second of the match was dubbed the “Goal of the Century”.
Maradona’s iconic blue No10 jersey has been in the possession of former Three Lions midfielder Steve Hodge.
Hodge swapped shirts with Maradona after the heartbreaking loss.
The 59-year-old didn’t have the best of games.
In fact, Hodge unintentionally kicked the ball in the air for Maradona to score the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal.
Hodge said: “I’ve been the proud owner of this item for over 35 years, ever since Diego and I swapped shirts in the tunnel after the famous game.
“It was an absolute privilege to have played against one of the greatest and most magnificent footballers of all time.
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“The Hand of God shirt has deep cultural significance for the world of football, the people of Argentina and the people of England and I’m sure the new owner will be extremely proud to own the most iconic football shirt in the world.”
The shirt is set to fetch £4million at auction house Streetwear and Modern Collectables, which would rival Babe Ruth’s Yankee road shirt as the most expensive match-worn shirt sold at auction.
The current record stood at just over £4.3million.
Brahm Wachter, Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectibles at Sotheby’s, said: “The Hand of God is truly a singular moment not just in the history of sport, but in the history of the 20th century.
“The moment resonated far beyond the world of football, shortly after the Falklands conflict, and in turn inspired books, films and documentaries.
“Maradona is now remembered as one of the greatest ever to play football – and this game in particular is an essential part of his legacy.
“Of course, not only the ‘Hand of God’ goal was scored in this match, but also the ‘Goal of the Century’ which is widely regarded as one of the greatest individual goals of all time.”
Since Maradona’s death in November 2020, a number of his former possessions have been auctioned off.
Two of his two old houses and three old cars have been listed.