During the match, Hodge unintentionally kicked the ball in the air for Maradona to score the infamous “Hand of God” goal.
“The Hand of God is truly a singular moment not just in the history of sport, but in the history of the 20th century,” said Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and modern collectibles at auction house Sotheby’s. auction where the shirt is placed. to be sold.
“The moment resonated far beyond the world of football, shortly after the Falklands conflict, and in turn inspired books, films and documentaries. Maradona is now known as one of the greatest to having ever played football – and this particular game is an instrumental part of his legacy.
“Of course, not only the ‘Hand of God’ goal was scored in this match, but also the ‘Goal of the Century’ which is widely regarded as one of the greatest individual goals of all time,” said added Wachter.
Maradona’s jersey is expected to challenge Babe Ruth’s Yankee road jersey as the most expensive worn jersey sold at auction, with the current record of $5.64 million.
This is the first time the shirt has hit the market, having been on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester, England.
“I’ve been the proud owner of this item for over 35 years, ever since Diego and I swapped shirts in the tunnel after the famous game,” Hodge said. “It was an absolute privilege to have played against one of the greatest and most magnificent footballers of all time.
“The Hand of God shirt has deep cultural significance for the world of football, the people of Argentina and the people of England and I’m sure the new owner will be extremely proud to own the most iconic football shirt in the world.”
The shirt will be on sale online from April 20 to May 4 and will be on display at Sotheby’s in London for the duration of the auction.