June 28, 2022

The jersey that Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona wore whereas scoring twice in opposition to England within the 1986 World Cup, together with the notorious “hand of God” aim, was auctioned for $9.3 million, a document for any merchandise of sports activities memorabilia, Sotheby’s mentioned Wednesday.

Seven bidders vied for the garment in an public sale that started April 20 and ended Wednesday morning, Sotheby’s mentioned, with out releasing the title of the customer.

“This historic shirt is a tangible reminder of an vital second not solely within the historical past of sports activities, however within the historical past of the twentieth century,” Sotheby’s head of streetwear and fashionable collectibles Brahm Wachter mentioned in a press release after the sale.

“That is arguably essentially the most coveted soccer shirt to ever come to public sale, and so it’s becoming that it now holds the public sale document for any object of its sort,” he mentioned.

A soccer shirt worn by Argentina’s Diego Maradona throughout the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match in opposition to England is seen at Sotheby’s public sale home in London in April forward of its sale for $9.3 million Could 4, 2022 Picture: AFP / ADRIAN DENNIS

The jersey had been owned by opposing midfielder Steve Hodge, who swapped his jersey with Maradona after England misplaced 2-1.

Hodge, whose autobiography is titled “The person with Maradona’s shirt,” has for the previous 20 years loaned the jersey to be on public show on the Nationwide Soccer Museum in Manchester.

The quarter-final showdown grew to become etched in soccer lore for Maradona’s two objectives — one infamous and one chic — in Mexico Metropolis’s seething Aztec Stadium.

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The primary got here shortly after half-time when Hodge, on the sting of the England penalty space, intercepted a cross and flicked the ball again in the direction of aim.

In this file photo taken on June 22, 1986 Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona (C) vies with English midfielder Steve Hodge (L) in Mexico City during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and England On this file picture taken on June 22, 1986 Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona (C) vies with English midfielder Steve Hodge (L) in Mexico Metropolis throughout the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and England Picture: AFP / STAFF

Maradona, working into the field, rose with England’s goalkeeper Peter Shilton and punched the ball into the online. He later mentioned the aim had been scored “a little bit with the pinnacle of Maradona, a little bit with the hand of God.”

Quickly after, Maradona left 5 English defenders in his wake earlier than gliding previous Shilton and slotting residence for a strike that was voted “Aim of the Century” in a 2002 FIFA ballot.

Argentina went on to win the ultimate and Maradona, who died from a coronary heart assault in 2020, grew to become worshipped in his residence nation.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup match shirt of Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona is seen in April 2022 before its sale by Sotheby's for $9.3 million May 4, 2022 The 1986 FIFA World Cup match shirt of Argentine soccer participant Diego Maradona is seen in April 2022 earlier than its sale by Sotheby’s for $9.3 million Could 4, 2022 Picture: Sotheby’s through AFP

Maradona’s daughter forged doubt on the sale earlier this month when she claimed that the shirt put up for public sale had been the one her father wore within the goal-less first half, not the second when he scored his two objectives.

“This former participant thinks he has my dad’s second-half jersey, but it surely’s a mix-up. He has the one from the primary half,” his daughter Dalma mentioned.

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Sotheby’s insisted that they had the fitting shirt, although.

A Sotheby’s spokeswoman advised AFP: “There was certainly a distinct shirt worn by Maradona within the first half, however there are clear variations between that and what was worn throughout the objectives.

“And so, previous to placing this shirt on the market, we did intensive diligence and scientific analysis on the merchandise to ensure it was the shirt worn by Maradona within the second half for the 2 objectives.”

The photomatching course of had concerned matching the shirt “to each objectives analyzing distinctive particulars on numerous components of the merchandise, together with the patch, stripes, and numbering.”

It added that Maradona himself had acknowledged the provenance of the shirt himself, in his e book “Touched by God,” and he recollects giving it to Hodge on the finish of the match.

The earlier document for a game-worn shirt from any sport was $5.6 million, set in 2019 for a jersey Babe Ruth wore whereas on the New York Yankees.

Till now the public sale document for any sports activities memorabilia was the unique autograph manuscript of the Olympic Manifesto from 1892, which bought at Sotheby’s for $8.8 million in December 2019.

One shedding bid group, collector Marcelo Ordas and the Argentine Soccer Affiliation, expressed disappointment at lacking out.

“It is an enormous disgrace that we did not handle (to safe) the emblematic jersey of our nationwide group,” mentioned AFA president Claudio Tapia.