FIFA World Cup: Diego Maradona ‘Hand of God’ Shirt: The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his infamous ‘Hand of…
FIFA World Cup: Diego Maradona ‘Hand of God’ shirt: The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his infamous ‘Hand of God goal against England in 1986 will go on display in Qatar during the World Cup just five months after it fetched a record price at auction, a top official said on Saturday. The shirt, which sold for $9.3 million to a mystery buyer, has been loaned to Qatar’s 3-2-1 sports museum and will be on display from Sunday until April 1. Qatar has not named the shirt’s new owner, who paid a then-record price for any item of sports memorabilia, but negotiations are believed to have started just weeks after the May 4 auctionFollow FIFA World Cup 2022 latest news and live updates on InsideSport.IN
“The jersey has been through quite a journey,” she added in a statement to AFP. “Starting with the moment Nottingham Forest midfielder Steve Hodge swapped shirts with Maradona after the game in what now seems like an inspired move.” Maradona scored both goals in the 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over England at Mexico City’s Aztec Stadium in 1986. The game has become one of the most talked about in football history and cemented the legendary status of Maradona, who died of a heart attack in November 2020 at the age of 60 years. Wearing the number 10 shirt, Maradona slotted the ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton for the first goal and later said it had been “a bit of the head of Maradona, a bit of the hand of God.”
Soon after, Maradona raced past five England defenders and Shilton to slot home a strike that was voted “Goal of the Century” in a 2002 FIFA poll. Hodge swapped shirts with Maradona and had loaned the shirt to a Manchester museum for 20 years , before putting it up for sale, with the anonymous buyer beating six other bidders, including the Argentine Football Association. The final price was more than double the value predicted by Sotheby’s.
But a jersey worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan sold for $10.1 million on Sept. 16, taking over the record for the most expensive sports memorabilia and the most expensive game-worn jersey. The Maradona shirt will be displayed at the “World of Football” exhibition, with a ball used in the first World Cup final in 1930, the first written account of the rules of football, one of only two bronze busts ever made of iconic Brazilian Pele’s right foot and other jerseys worn by football greats
. “Many of the objects on display at the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum are like this: symbols of human passion that have long, moving narratives behind them,” said Sheikha Mayassa
“These objects have now taken on a life of their own as part of the world’s culture – inspiring emotions, evoking memories and starting dialogue.
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