Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt set to fetch $6.54 million at auction

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The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup is expected to sell for at least 4 million pounds ($6.54 million), has said the Sotheby’s auctioneer on Wednesday.

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The shirt belongs to former England midfielder Steve Hodge, who swapped shirts with Maradona after Argentina won the game 2-1 thanks to two goals from the striker, the second a solo effort believed to be one of the greatest ever scored.

It was Hodge’s attempted back pass which Maradona followed up before using his hand to push the ball past England keeper Peter Shilton for the opening goal. After Maradona’s death in 2020, Hodge said the shirt was not for sale.

Brazilian great Pelé’s shirt from the 1970 World Cup final is the most expensive football shirt sold at auction, according to Guinness World Records. It hit £157,750 in 2002, more than three times the expected price.

Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He died aged 60 in 2020 from cardiac arrest.

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