Maradona's 'Hand of God' shirt sells for AED32 million
Maradona's 'Hand of God' shirt sells for AED32 million

Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt sells for AED32 million

The shirt Diego Maradona was wearing when he scored his ‘Hand of God’ goal in 1986 has been sold for AED32 million (£7.1m) at auction.

It’s now the most expensive item of sports memorabilia in the world.

Maradona used his hand to score his first of two goals to put Argentina through to the semi-finals of the World Cup. And he described the goal as being scored with “a little with the head of Maradona, and a little with the hand of God”.

While his ‘Hand of God’ goal was outrageous cheating, his follow up goal is one of the best of all time. To be fair, the commentary is nearly as good as the goal…

The shirt was given to England midfielder Steve Hodge after he swapped football tops with Maradona after the match 36 years ago. And despite saying for years that he would never sell the famous shirt, he has now done so. And for a whopping £7.1m at auction.

Maradona’s shirt was thought to sell for around £4m-6m, but after a flurry of last-minute bidding, the price rose to £7,142,500.

The previous highest fee paid for a shirt worn during a sports match was for Babe Ruth’s baseball jersey, which was sold for $5.6m in 2019.

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