The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his famous “hand of God” goal has sold for a record-breaking $8 million (Ksh. 1Billion)
The late Argentinian player swapped his number 10 shirt with England midfielder Steve Hodge at the end of their 1986 World Cup quarter-final match in 1986 and following a 20-year stint on loan to the National Football Museum in Manchester, the garment went under the hammer at Sotheby’s on Wednesday (04.05.22) afternoon, with the winning bid of £7, 142,500 ($ 8,951,730) setting a new auction record for an item of sports memorabilia.
The buyer has not been named.
Maradona who died in November 2020, aged 60 famously described his opening goal in the match as “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God” as the referee didn’t see it had touched his left hand when it bounced into the net. He went on to score a second goal in the match, with the strike voted goal of the century in 2002, and Argentina ultimately won the World Cup that year.