The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal at the 1986 World Cup is expected to sell for over £4million at auction.
Maradona, who died in November 2020 aged 60, scored twice to knock England out of the tournament in that quarter-final, the second being one of the greatest of all time.
He described his first quarter-final goal, where the ball clearly hit his hand, as “a bit with Maradona’s head, and a bit with the hand of God”.
His second, however, saw him dribble past a host of England players and score in a 2-1 victory before winning the tournament.
Midfielder Steve Hodge had swapped shirts with his rival in the tunnel after the game and has owned them ever since – but it will now go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in a dedicated auction open from April 20.
However, the legendary striker’s daughter, Dalma, says Hodge has a different shirt.
Apparently, Maradona had changed his jersey at half-time due to the heat at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City and Hodge wore the one worn in the scoreless first half.
“This former England player thinks he has my dad’s second-half shirt, but there’s a confusion,” she told Argentinian radio station Metro.
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“He has the upper hand in the first half. I wanted to explain this to people so whoever wants to buy it knows the truth.
When asked where the shirt was, she claimed Maradona wore it after the half-time break, she said: “My mum doesn’t have it. I know who has it but I don’t. I’m not going to say who has it so as not to expose this person.
“All I can say is that the one up for auction is not the one my dad scored his goals with.”
Hodge, 59, said of the prized possession: “I have 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.
“It was an absolute privilege to have played against one of the greatest and most magnificent footballers of all time.
“It has also been a pleasure to share it with the public over the past 20 years at the National Football Museum, where it has been displayed.
“The ‘Hand of God’ shirt has deep cultural significance to 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 current record for any shirt worn during a game is held by a baseball jersey worn by New York Yankees star Babe Ruth, which sold for $5.6 million at an auction in 2019.
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