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Maradona ‘Hand of God’: ICONIC 1986 World Cup ball fetches £2m at auction

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Maradona ‘Hand of God’: Maradona ‘Hand of God’ Ball Auction – The ball that Diego Maradona handled to score his infamous “Hand…

Maradona ‘Hand of God’: Maradona ‘Hand of God’ Ball Auction – The ball that Diego Maradona handled to score his infamous “Hand of God” goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup was sold at auction on Wednesday for 2 million pounds ($2.4 million). Follow the latest football updates with Akashera.IN

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Maradona ‘Hand of God’: ICONIC 1986 World Cup ball fetches £2m at auction

The white Adidas “Azteca” ball, owned by Tunisian match referee Ali Bin Nasser, had been tipped to fetch up to £3 million ($3.6 million) when it went under the hammer at UK-based Graham Budd Auctions .

It comes six months after the shirt Maradona wore in the historic quarter-final in Mexico City sold at auction for almost $9.3 million – more than double the value predicted by Sotheby’s. The auctioned ball – inspired by the architecture and murals of the Aztec civilization – was used for the full 90 minutes of the 1986 game between
Argentina and England, as happened years before the multi-ball system began in football.

The clash saw a heated build-up due to political tensions following the 1982 Falklands War and was defined by two contrasting goals scored by the late Maradona, who died aged 60 of heart failure in November 2020
First, Maradona ran into the box, got up with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and hit the ball into the net.

He later said the goal had been scored “a little with Maradona’s head, a little with the hand of God”. The second came just four minutes later when Maradona raced past five England players and Shilton to score “Measured with Century”according to a 2002 FIFA survey.

Maradona ‘Hand of God’: ICONIC 1986 World Cup ball fetches £2m at auction

Argentina won the grudge match 2-1 after Bin Nasser disallowed Maradona’s controversial first goal and the team won the World Cup. Ahead of the sale, Bin Nasser said he felt the time was right to share the item with the world and expressed hope that the buyer – who has not been disclosed – would display it publicly.

The shirt, which was auctioned in May, will go on display in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, which starts on Sunday. Bin Nasser also defended his decision to let Maradona’s controversial first goal stand.

“I could not see the incident clearly. The two players, Shilton and Maradona, were facing me from behind. “According to FIFA’s instructions issued before the tournament, I looked to my linesman to confirm the validity of the goal – he went back to the halfway line and showed that he was satisfied that the goal should stand.

“At the end of the game, England manager Bobby Robson said to me: ‘You did a good job but the linesman was irresponsible’.”

Maradona ‘Hand of God’: ICONIC 1986 World Cup ball fetches £2m at auction

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