Diego Maradona ‘Hand of God’ ball fetches $2.4 million at auction

Diego Maradona Hand of God football auction

Photo from Graham Budd Auctions Twitter

The ball that Diego Maradona handled to rating his infamous “Hand of God” intention for Argentina in opposition to England in the 1986 Earth Cup offered at auction on Wednesday for $2.4 million.

The white Adidas “Azteca” ball, which was owned by the Tunisian match referee Ali Bin Nasser, had been tipped to fetch up to $3.6 million when it went less than the hammer at United kingdom-dependent Graham Budd Auctions.

It arrives six months soon after the jersey Maradona wore in the historic quarterfinal in Mexico Metropolis offered at auction for almost $9.3 million — additional than 2 times the benefit predicted by Sotheby’s.

The auctioned ball — encouraged by the architecture and murals of the Aztec civilization — was applied for the full 90 minutes of the 1986 video game between Argentina and England, as it happened decades before the multi-ball program started in soccer.

The clash saw a heated develop-up since of political tensions next the Falklands War in 1982 and came to be described by two contrasting goals scored by the late Maradona, who died aged 60 of heart failure in November 2020

For the initial, Maradona ran into the box, rose with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and punched the ball into the web.

He afterwards explained the intention had been scored “a small with the head of Maradona, a minor with the hand of God”.

The 2nd arrived just 4 minutes later on as Maradona sped past 5 English players and Shilton to score the “Goal of the Century”, in accordance to a 2002 FIFA poll.

Argentina won the grudge match 2-1 right after Bin Nasser allow Maradona’s controversial first objective stand, and the group went on to gain the Planet Cup.

In advance of the sale, Bin Nasser reported he felt it was the right time to share the merchandise with the globe and expressed hope the customer — who has not been disclosed — would place it on general public screen.

The shirt auctioned in Might will be on show in Qatar in the course of the 2022 Earth Cup, which kicks off on Sunday.

Bin Nasser also defended his final decision to permit Maradona’s contentious initially purpose stand.

“I could not see the incident plainly. The two players, Shilton and Maradona, had been experiencing me from at the rear of.

“As per FIFA’s recommendations issued right before the tournament I looked to my linesman for confirmation of the validity of the target — he manufactured his way again to the halfway line indicating he was content that the aim should stand.

“At the close of the match the England head coach Bobby Robson claimed to me: ‘You did a fantastic work, but the linesman was irresponsible’.”

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