Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ World Cup ball to be auctioned

The ball used when Diego Maradona scored his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup was auctioned off by the Tunisian referee who was in charge of the game and missed the handball the most famous in football.

Graham Budd Auctions said on Thursday they expect the 36-year-old Adidas ball, owned by referee Ali Bin Nasser, to fetch between $2.7 million and $3.3 million when it goes on sale in Great Britain on November 16, four days before the World Cup. Qatar Cup kick off.

The goal that gave Argentina a 1-0 quarter-final lead against England in Mexico has gone down in World Cup legend. Maradona jumped as if to head the ball but instead kicked it past goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The England players protested to Nasser but the goal stood. Maradona later joked that he was branded “a bit with Maradona’s head and a bit with the hand of God”, leading to his iconic name.

Maradona used the same ball, the only one used in the quarter-finals, for his brilliant second goal four minutes later. The Argentine tall ran 68 yards into his own half and weaved past half the England squad before flicking the ball past Shilton. This goal was voted goal of the century in the World Cup in 2002.

Argentina won the match 2-1 and lifted the World Cup, and the tournament launched Maradona as one of the greatest players in the game. Maradona died in 2020 aged 60.

“This ball is part of the history of international football,” Nasser said in a statement from Graham Budd Auctions. “Now is the right time to share it with the world.”

The shirt Maradona wore in that match against England sold for $9.3 million at an auction in May, which was the highest price ever paid at auction at the time. a sports memento. The record was broken by a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card, which sold for $12.6 million in August.

Nasser will also auction off the referee’s shirt he wore for the quarter-final, Graham Budd Auctions said, and another shirt that Maradona signed for his “eternal friend” at a meeting years after the match. .

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