HAND OF GOD jersey of Maradona sold for nearly $9.3 million


Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Diego Maradona’s Hand Of God jersey sold at AUCTION – The jersey that Argentina football legend Diego Maradona wore when scoring twice against England in the 1986 World Cup, including the infamous “hand of God” goal, was auctioned for $9.3 million, a record for any item of sports memorabilia. Follow Maradona Jersey Auction updates on Insidesport.IN

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous ‘HAND OF GOD’ jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million

The blue number 10 shirt has been owned since the end of the controversial World Cup encounter by opposing midfielder Steve Hodge, who swapped his jersey with Maradona after England lost 2-1.

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous ‘HAND OF GOD’ jersey of Diego Maradona sold

The jersey that Argentina football legend Diego Maradona wore when scoring twice against England in the 1986 World Cup, including the infamous “hand of God” goal, was auctioned for $9.3 million, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, Sotheby’s said Wednesday.

Seven bidders vied for the garment in an auction that began April 20 and ended Wednesday morning, Sotheby’s said. The shirt was sold for £7,142,500 – marking a new auction record for an item of sports memorabilia, according to Sotheby’s.

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous 'HAND OF GOD' jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million
Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous ‘HAND OF GOD’ jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Diego Maradona’s HAND OF GOD

Maradona then stirred the controversy afterward by saying the goal had been scored “a little with the head of Maradona, a little with the hand of God.” Four minutes later, Maradona struck again and this time there was no doubt.

Receiving the ball and turning inside his own half, Maradona left five English defenders in his wake before gliding past Shilton and slotting home for a strike that was voted “Goal of the Century” in a 2002 FIFA poll.

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous 'HAND OF GOD' jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million
Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous ‘HAND OF GOD’ jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million

Argentina won the final to lift the World Cup for the second time in eight years and Maradona, already a superstar, became worshipped in his home country. After his death from a heart attack in 2020, Argentina held three days of national mourning.

Hodge, whose autobiography is titled “The man with Maradona’s shirt,” has for the past 20 years loaned the jersey to be on public display at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: HAND OF GOD jersey sold for nearly $9.3 million

Sotheby’s had said in a statement to AFP that it will hold its own public display for the jersey in London, during the online auction scheduled for April 20 to May 4.

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous 'HAND OF GOD' jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million
Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous ‘HAND OF GOD’ jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million

Bidding for the Maradona memorabilia started at £4 million ($5.2 million), below the $5.6 million record for game-worn shirts, set in 2019 for a jersey Babe Ruth wore while on the New York Yankees.

Last year, a jersey worn in the 1950s by Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson — the first Black player in Major League Baseball — sold for $4.2 million.

Diego Maradona Jersey Auction: Famous ‘HAND OF GOD’ jersey of Diego Maradona sold for mind-boggling amount, fetching nearly $9.3 million

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