Diego Maradona played one of his best games in his career history and scored two cult goals. The first was the infamous ‘Hand of God’ and the second was a solo race that is considered one of the most famous goals in the history of the competition.
Mural of Diego Maradona in Argentina. (courtesy of Reuters)
- Maradona’s Hand of God is considered one of the most famous goals in the history of football
- Maradona wore a jersey to knock Europe out of the World Cup on his own
- Diego Maradona passed away in November 2020
An Argentine legend and one of the best footballers to ever adorn a football game, the ‘Hand of God’ jersey of the late Diego Maradona was sold at a record price at auction at Sotheby’s in London. The jersey received a record shocking final bid of $ 9.2 million, approximately Rs 71 billion.
He wore the jersey in the Argentine campaign to win the title at the 1986 World Cup where Maradona held a master class to knock out England in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Steve Hodge, a former English midfielder, swapped shirts with Maradona after the 1986 game and put them up for auction on April 6, 2022.
“This is probably the most desirable football shirt to ever come up for auction and it is therefore appropriate that it now holds the auction record for any item of its kind,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles.
Maradona scored two goals in that jersey in the quarterfinals against England, and both are known for their uniqueness. The first was the infamous ‘Hand of God’ in which Maradona used a bit of dark skill to pass the ball over to Peter Shilton. While the goalkeeper immediately protested, the referee ruled in favor of Argentina. The second goal for many is the best goal ever scored at the World Cup as Maradona himself took over the whole of England and scored an incredible solo goal in a knockout match. Later, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA called him the goal of the century.
Maradona later said of his first goal that he was ‘a little with Maradona’s head and a little with God’s hand’.
The final price from an anonymous customer made Maradona’s jersey the most expensive sports souvenir in history. The figures surpassed the previous record of $ 8.8 million for the original hand-drawn Olympic manifesto sold in New York three years before 2019.
“This historic T-shirt is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of sport, but also in the history of the 20th century,” Wachter said.
“In the weeks since we announced the auction, we have been overwhelmed by both sports fans and collectors, with palpable excitement in the air during the public exhibition – and this unfiltered enthusiasm resonated in the competition,” he concluded.