Going, Going, Gone - Diego Maradona's 1986 'Hand of God' Shirt

As many will be aware, Diego Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” and “Goal of the Century” shirt was auctioned at Sotheby’s, London today.

If the £4-6m estimate was eye-watering, the floodgates will certainly have been opened with the eventual selling price of £7,142,500. Seller Steve Hodge - an opponent of Maradona’s in the 1986 match - should be quite satisfied with this particular result.

He may not have been so pleased with the outcome of the Azteca stadium quarter final in Mexico - after Maradona handled for the first goal and weaved his way past Hodge’s England teammates for what would prove the decider - but the shirt has proven to be a relic of football history with quite a value, and Hodge made quite a swap in the game’s aftermath.

As part of an emergency purchase by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) - the shirts were badged up for the game - it had quite a story before it even saw action. A mystery buyer now owns one of the greatest pieces of football memorabilia ever.

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