Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ Jersey Sold at Auction, Biggest Bid Ever in Sports

Maradona's 'Hand of God' Jersey Sold at Auction

The jersey worn by one of the world’s best footballers, Diego Maradona, in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal match against England, became the highest-paid sporting item at auction. The auction that ended on Wednesday fetched Rs 67.58 crore (£7.1 million) for this jersey. This match is known for the controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal. Maradona jersey auctioned for 67 crores.

Controversy is Associated with Jersey

The match also involved a dispute with Maradona and is also known for the ‘Hand of God goal’. In fact, there was a dispute regarding a goal of Maradona in this match. Maradona wanted to score with a header, but the ball reportedly hit his hand and went into the goal post and the match referee could not see it and recognized the goal.

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In this match, Maradona gave a memorable victory to the team by scoring almost the entire team of England with his superb dribbling. The match, played in Mexico City on 22 June 1986, assumed even greater significance, as Britain and Argentina had clashed over the Falkland Islands four years earlier.

In 2002, His 2nd Goal was Chosen as Best Goal of Century

Maradona’s second goal in this match was voted the best goal of the century by FIFA in 2002. At the same time, Maradona said about the controversial goal that this goal was done by the mixture of Maradona’s head and God’s hand. In this match, Argentina defeated England 2–1 to secure their place in the semi-finals. Argentina later emerged champions by winning the final.

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Maradona Changed the Jersey with Opposition Player

After this match, Maradona swapped jerseys with England midfielder Steve Hodge. He had never sold it until now. It has been in the England National Football Museum in Manchester for the past 20 years.

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