The famous “Hand of God” jersey worn by Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England will go up for auction this Wednesday. As reported by L’Équipe, sales could reach a record all games combined.
The number is likely to increase. This Wednesday, Sotheby’s auctioned off the jersey worn by Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England, during which the Argentine genius scored two goals that went down in history: “The Hand of God” and “Goal Of the God” Centenary”.
As L’Equipe reports, this auction could reach the record for a single jersey from all sports combined. For now, the most expensive player’s tunic in history belongs to baseball icon Babe Ruth, which sold for 5.2 million euros in 2019. Sotheby’s experts estimated Maradona’s jersey to be worth between 4.8 million and 7.2 million euros.
Sale ends on 4th May
Sotheby’s will display the jersey at its London premises during the online sale, which ends on May 4. For more than 35 years, the blue jersey number 10 has been owned by former England midfielder Steve Hodge as the sole owner. Well motivated, he had an exchange with “Piebe d’Oro” at the end of the match won by Argentina (2–1) and remains one of the most controversial in World Cup history.
The former English player, who made it the title of his autobiography (“The Man with Maradona’s Shirt”) and entrusted the jersey to be displayed at the National Football Museum in Manchester (United Kingdom), nevertheless promised Maradona’s death The item was not for sale and had “incredible sentimental value”. But it seemed that the time had come.