Legendary Argentine footballer Diego Maradona may no longer be with us, but his impact on the sport endures, evident in the record-breaking sale of his iconic “Hand of God” jersey.
Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ Jersey Fetches World Record Price
The infamous goal, famously dubbed “The Hand of God,” was netted by Maradona against England during the quarterfinal of the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Despite being scored with his hand, a violation of association rules, the goal went unnoticed by the referee, securing a 1-0 lead for Argentina.
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In the same match, Maradona went on to score the “Goal of the Century” in the second half, contributing to Argentina’s 2-1 victory over England. This triumph ultimately propelled Argentina to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup, thanks in large part to Maradona’s extraordinary contributions.
Fast forward 37 years, and Maradona’s iconic jersey from that historic match was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s in London, fetching a staggering world-record price of $9.28 million. This sale surpassed the previous record set by Babe Ruth’s 1928-1930 New York Yankees jersey, which sold for $5.64 million, and also exceeded the sports memorabilia record set when the original hand-drawn Olympic manifesto was sold for $8.8 million.
This momentous news coincides with the announcement that Lionel Messi’s 2022 FIFA World Cup final jersey is also available for sale, adding another layer of significance to the ongoing legacy of Argentine football.