LONDON – It was the best moment in football history – or the worst, and now sports fans with deep pockets can own a part of it.
The shirt worn by Diego Maradona during the controversial “Hand of God” goal against England at the 1986 World Cup is for sale for the first time.
Auctioneer Sotheby’s said Wednesday that the jersey could fetch মিল 4 million ($ 6.5 million Canadian) in an online auction starting April 20.
Brahma Watchter, head of Sotheby’s Streetwear and Modern Collection, said the shirt “has a short list of the world’s most important sports memorabilia items.”
“I will never be able to do such a good thing again,” the watchman said. “The moment is iconic in the history of sports.”
Maradona scored twice in the quarter-finals in Mexico City on June 22, 1986, just four years after the war between Britain and Argentina in the Falkland Islands. The Argentine Great’s first goal was scored in the header, but the ball bounced off Maradona’s fist, out of the referee’s sight.
Maradona later said it was “slightly with Maradona’s head and with God’s hand”.
Maradona’s second goal saw the ball dribble over almost the entire English team before beating goalkeeper Peter Shilton. In 2002, it was voted “the best goal of the century” by FIFA.
The watchdog said the two goals “perfectly balance each other” and reveal two aspects of Maradona’s character.
The first was “really cunning and involved an element of fate,” he said. “But then he scored a second goal, which was one of the most incredible – almost angelic – goals.”
Argentina won the match 2-1 to win the World Cup. Maradona, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, fought cocaine abuse and other abuses and died in November 2020 at the age of 60.
After the game, Maradona exchanged shirts with England midfielder Steve Hodge, who has not yet sold it. For the past 20 years, it has been on loan at the National Football Museum of England in Manchester.
The light blue striped blue shirt was one-sided, hurriedly assembled as the Argentine tops team planned to wear it was considered too heavy for the heat of Mexico City. The Argentine Football Association’s patches were sewn, and the shiny numbers, including Maradona’s 10, were ironed out shortly before the match.
Hodge said he was a “proud owner” of a shirt that “carries deep cultural meaning to the football world, the people of Argentina and the people of England.” According to The Watchtower, Hodge decided to “sell out” at the time.
The price of sports memorabilia has risen in recent years. The shirt could break the record for a Babe Ruth New York Yankees jersey one-piece playwear that sold for $ 7.04 million (Canadian) in 2019. A buyer paid $ 11 million (Canadian) for a proclamation that started the modern Olympic movement, a record for a sporting item.
The shirt will be on display at the Sotheby’s London showroom during the April 20-May 4 bidding period.