Diego Maradona’s Hand of God Football Shirt Set to Sell for Millions at Auction
he shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored two of football’s most famous goals to knock England out of the 1986 World Cup is expected to fetch around £4million at auction.
Former Three Lions midfielder Steve Hodge, who swapped shirts with the Argentine in the tunnel after the game, said he had been “proud” to own a piece of sporting history, but decided to sell it at Sotheby’s later this month.
Hodge, 59, has played 24 times for his country and was one of the players who faced Maradona at the tournament in Mexico, where he scored twice.
His first goal, dubbed ‘The Hand of God’, was scored with his hand but the referee let it go and after the game the star, who some say is the greatest player of all time, said that the goal had been scored “a little with”. the head of Maradona, and a little of the hand of God”.
The second goal is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time as Maradona dribbled past the massive England squad before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Peter Shilton.
Hodge said he first missed the shirt in the “ruckus” around the match winner after the final whistle, but ran into it again on his way to the locker room.
In a previous interview, he said: “I pulled on my shirt and it came across…swapped shirts and it left and I left and it went in my attic for the next 16 years in a bag. “
It was later put on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Speaking after Maradona’s death last year, Hodge said the shirt was not for sale but he had now changed his mind.
He said: “I have been the proud owner of this item for over 35 years. It has deep cultural significance to the world of football…and I’m sure the new owner will be extremely proud to own the most iconic football shirt in the world.
The game came four years after the UK defeated Argentina in the Falklands War and took on greater significance for both countries because of it.
The shirt is likely to be highly sought after, with sports memorabilia becoming increasingly popular with collectors.
The current record for a shirt worn per game is £4.2 million for a Yankee top owned by baseball player Babe Ruth.
The shirt will be sold online, with auctions starting April 20, and will be on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street Gallery until the end of the auction.
Brahm Wachter, Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectibles at Sotheby’s, said: “Not only was the Hand of God goal scored in this game, but also the Goal of the Century.
“This is the first time the shirt has been released, and Sotheby’s is honored to be part of this item’s history now.”