Did he wear it in the famous hand goal? – Huge fuss about Diego Maradona’s jersey


Every football fan knows this shirt!

In England, THE jersey of Diego Maradona († 60) is auctioned. In the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, the Argentine legend scored the famous hand goal in a 2-1 win over England.

After the game, Maradona opponent Steve Hodge (59) secured the shirt and now wants to make money with it.

The auction is expected to bring in a whopping 4 million pounds (almost 4.8 million euros). The big problem: Maradona’s own daughter doubts that her father scored the goal that went down in football history as the “Hand of God” in the jersey he was offered.

Dalma Maradona (35) on the Argentine TV station “eltrece”: “The former England player thinks he has my father’s shirt from the second half, but that’s a mix-up. He’s got the shirt from the first half. I wanted to explain that to people so anyone who wants to buy it knows the truth.”

Diego scored in the 51st minute with a hand goal to make it 1-0 and just four minutes later made it 2-0 with a 60-metre solo. His second goal was voted Goal of the Century by Fifa in 2002.



The “Hand of God”: Maradona outwits goalkeeper Peter Shilton with the fist lobPhoto: imago

So Maradona scored two legendary goals in the controversial jersey. Dalma is confident in her statement as she knows the whereabouts of the correct jersey.

She says: “I know who has it, but I’m not going to tell. All I can say is that the shirt being auctioned off is not the one my dad scored with.”

However, the auction house Sotheby’s, which is auctioning off the shirt, is certain that the copy is the correct shirt. Experts checked that.

A spokeswoman said: “There was indeed a different shirt that Maradona wore in the first half, but there are clear differences between that shirt and the one he wore in the goals.”

He continued: “Before we offered the shirt for sale, we carried out an extensive examination and scientific study of the item to ensure that it is the shirt worn by Maradona in the second half.”

One thing is clear: Maradona wore the jersey offered at least in one half. Would it call the immense price even without the two goals? Questionable…

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