Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ World Cup jersey sold for $9.3 million

The shirt had belonged since the end of the controversial encounter to opposing midfielder Steve Hodge, who swapped shirts with Maradona after England’s 2-1 defeat in Mexico City.

The shirt worn by Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona when he scored twice against England in the 1986 World Cup, including the infamous ‘hand of God’ goal, has been auctioned off for $9.3 million, a record for any sporting goods item, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday.

Seven bidders competed for the garment in an auction that began April 20 and ended Wednesday morning, Sotheby’s said.

“This historic jersey is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of sport, but also in the history of the 20th century,” said Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, Brahm Wachter. , in a press release after the sale.

Advertisement



Advertisement

“This is arguably the most coveted football shirt ever to come to auction, so it’s only fitting that it now holds the auction record for any such item,” he said. .

READ ALSO | Real Madrid vs Manchester City second leg: Champions League semi-final, injury updates, team news

The shirt had belonged since the end of the controversial encounter to opposing midfielder Steve Hodge, who swapped shirts with Maradona after England’s 2-1 defeat in Mexico City.

Maradona’s daughter cast doubt on the sale earlier this month when she claimed the shirt up for auction was the one her father wore in the scoreless first half, not the second when he scored his two goals.

Sotheby’s, however, insisted they had the right shirt.

The previous record for a jersey worn by a game in any sport was $5.6 million, set in 2019 for a jersey Babe Ruth wore while at the New York Yankees.

Comments are closed.