An auction of Diego Maradona’s World Cup shirt, which he wore when he scored twice against England in 1986, including the notorious “hand of God” goal, began on Wednesday, April 20, with a bid of more than $5 million.
After full time, the football legend, who died in 2020, swapped shirts with England player Steve Hodge, who had had the prized possession for the past 35 years.
Hodge has placed the garment up for auction at Sotheby’s, and the bidding has already begun.
One potential buyer has already met the reserve price of $5 million, but there are still two weeks left for bidders to place their bids before the auction finishes in May. Maradona’s standing as a legend was reinforced when he won the World Cup in 1986.
Argentina won 2-1, with their little talisman fooling the referee by scoring a header with his hand, which the office mistook for a header.
According to Brahm Watcher, Sotheby’s Head of Street wear and Modern Collectibles, the two goals balance each other perfectly and depict two aspects of Maradona’s character. He described the first as very ingenious and included an element of chance. But then he scored a second goal, which was one of the most incredible, almost angelic, goals I’ve ever seen.
I just tugged on my shirt and we swapped right there. Hodge said he has been the proud owner of this jersey for over 35 years, when Diego and I swapped jerseys in the tunnel after the famous match.
To have played against one of the greatest and most magnificent football players of all time was an amazing honour. The Hand of God shirt has significant cultural significance to the football world, the people of Argentina, and the people of England, and I’m confident that the next owner will have enormous joy in owning the world’s most iconic football shirt, he said.
During the April 20—May 4 bidding period, the shirt will be on display in Sotheby’s London showroom on Bond Street.