Diego Maradona’s shirt: the auction began

The mythical shirt with which Diego Maradona He scored both goals against England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is auctioned from this Wednesdayan absolutely historic and unexpected fact since it was always in the possession of former English soccer player Steve Hodge, who even said that he would never sell it.

Sotheby’s in London is auctioning off the world’s most coveted football piece. Its price, between about 4 and 6 million pounds (4.8 and 7.2 million euros), according to the estimate of Brahm Wachter, head of the modern objects section of Sotheby’s.

Just today there was an offer of four million pounds. Honestly, I think it will exceed the price we estimated and that it will become the piece of football that has reached the most money at auction, “says Wachter to EFE.

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The article was presented in a special way: the shirt is displayed in the middle of a room that simulates a soccer field and is covered by a glass cubicle. The paradox is that it is sold as the “hand of God” shirt and nothing mentions about Maradona’s second goal against the English, considered the best of all World Cups.

The article was presented in a special way: the shirt is displayed in the middle of a room that simulates a soccer field, covered by a glass cubicle. (AP)
The place is also decorated with gigantographs of Diego Maradona in the match against the England National Team, in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, a match that catapulted him to fame.  (AP)
The place is also decorated with gigantographs of Diego Maradona in the match against the England National Team, in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, a match that catapulted him to fame. (AP)

The place is also decorated with gigantographs of Diego Maradona in the match against the England National Team, in the 86 World Cup in Mexico, an encounter that catapulted him to fame.

The company verified the authenticity of the garment as it also did a scientific analysis of it with the agency Resolution Photomatching, specialist in analyzing clothing and historical clothing of great value.

What will Diego Maradona’s shirt auction be like?

On your website, Sotheby’s He clarified the step by step of how those interested should apply to keep the blue shirt with which Diego scored “The Hand of God” and the famous “Goal of the Century”.

  • Register on the website and provide certain personal information to verify your identity. In this way they ensure that the buyer is a real natural person.
  • Search for the desired product, which in this case is Diego Maradona’s shirt, enter an amount and click on a button that says “Make offer”. After two more confirmations, the proposal can be made effective.
  • You can also add an extra offer called “maximum offer”. In case another user offers more money, it will automatically run up to this predefined maximum value in response to other offers.
This photo shows Diego Maradona's 1986 FIFA World Cup match shirt, which he was wearing when he scored the goal of the "God's hand" against England.  It will be auctioned at the end of this month, Sotheby's announced (Photo by Sotheby's / AFP).
This photo shows Diego Maradona’s 1986 FIFA World Cup match shirt, which he was wearing when he scored the “Hand of God” goal against England. It will be auctioned at the end of this month, Sotheby’s announced (Photo by Sotheby’s / AFP).
  • If another person exceeds your offer you will receive an email from Sotheby’s for you to try to offer a new amount of money.
  • The auction for the Diego Maradona shirt will start on April 20 and close on May 4 at 6:00 p.m. (London time). If an offer arrives one minute before closing, it will be extended for another two minutes and so on until there is a winner.
  • The winner can pay in cash (pounds sterling), check, bank transfer and even by credit card. In all cases, that person must present a document that certifies their identity.

How much is expected to be raised for Diego Maradona’s shirt?

Hodge kept it in a trunk for 16 years. He then gave it to the Manchester Football Museum to be displayed as one of the great modern jewels of football. Now you think it’s time to sell it.

The auction house understands that they could be raised between 4 and 6 million pounds for Diego’s shirt. Until now, the most expensive in the history of football is one of Pelé for which a person paid 220 thousand dollars in 2002.

This photo shows Diego Maradona's 1986 FIFA World Cup match shirt, which he was wearing when he scored the goal of the "God's hand" against England.  It will be auctioned at the end of this month, Sotheby's announced (Photo by Sotheby's / AFP).
This photo shows Diego Maradona’s 1986 FIFA World Cup match shirt, which he was wearing when he scored the “Hand of God” goal against England. It will be auctioned at the end of this month, Sotheby’s announced (Photo by Sotheby’s / AFP).

Hodge explained how he got Maradona’s shirt

After Argentina’s triumph in the World Cup quarterfinals, the midfielder reported that he asked Diego directly.

“I thought, I will not be here again. I’ll try to get a t-shirt… I shook hands with Maradona. He was being harassed by his classmates. So I thought: ‘It doesn’t make sense, just leave it’”. Hodge then did a television interview and then had a second encounter with Maradona.

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“After the interview I went down to the changing rooms… As I went down, Maradona walked with two of his companions. I met his eyes, tugged at my shirt as if to say ‘Is there any chance of a trade?’ He came over and said yes. And there we exchanged them, ”she detailed.

Steve Hodge wearing the shirt of Diego Maradona's goals against England in 1986.
Steve Hodge wearing the shirt of Diego Maradona’s goals against England in 1986.

In Maradona’s book “My World Cup, My Truth”, written by journalist Daniel Arcucci, Diego explained: “On the way to the locker room, an Englishman, I think Hodge, I don’t know, I found out later, asked me to change the shirt. I told him yes and we changed it”.

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