Legendary Argentine Diego Maradona’s shirt in the famous ‘The Hand of God’ & ‘Goal of the Century’ game against England at the FIFA World Cup 1986 recently created a world record for an item of sports memorabilia. At an auction, it was sold for £7.14 million ($8.93 million).
The Quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup 1986 between Argentina and England at Estadio Azteca (Mexico City) was one of the unforgettable games in international football history. Argentina won that game by 2-1, thanks to Diego Maradona’s most talking two goals.
Diego Maradona – The Hand of God
In the 51st minute, Maradona opened the scoreline of the match with his controversial ‘The Hand of God’ goal. While English goalkeeper Peter Shilton was targeting to punch the ball for a clearance, Maradona managed to jump earlier for a header but the ball also touched his left hand to successfully beat the goalie and enter the goal-line.
Though the English players strongly protested against that goal, the Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser only decided to allow that goal.
Diego Maradona – Goal of the Century
Just four minutes later, Maradona scored the second goal of the match which is famously known as the ‘Goal of the Century’. The unstoppable Argentine legend beat five players to score an incredible goal in that game. After receiving the ball ahead of the half-line, Maradona had 11 touches in 11 seconds to count that goal after beating the English players Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher (twice), Terry Fenwick and the goalie Shilton. That goal was undoubtedly one of the best ever goals in football history.
Gary Lineker scored for England in 81 minutes, but they failed to add more goals in that 90 minutes game.
After that game, Maradona was reportedly swapped his no.10 jersey with English footballer Steve Hodge. Before Hodge decided to put up that jersey for the recent auction, that iconic blue V-neck Le Coq Sportif shirt was exhibited in Manchester’s National Football Museum for 20 years.
Despite the controversy, the highest bid was recorded at £7,142,500
Ahead of the auction of this iconic shirt, there was a controversy after Maradona’s family claimed that it wasn’t the original jersey that the legend wore to score those highly discussed two goals. However, Hodge hasn’t reacted to the media over that claim.
British-founded American multinational corporation Sotheby’s organised that online auction of that iconic no.10 Argentina shirt with the base price of £4 million. While that online auction ran between 20th April and 4th May 2022, the highest bidding was received for the record amount of £7,142,500 ($9,284,536).
The previous world record for the most expensive auctioned item of sporting memorabilia was the Original Olympic Games Manifesto, written in 1892. In February 2020, it was sold for $8.8 million.