Diego Maradona ‘Hand of God’ Shirt Sells for Record Fee at Auction

Diego Maradona’s shirt from his infamous “Hand of God” match in the 1986 World Cup has set the record for the most expensive game-worn jersey of all time. 

The Le Coq Sportif Argentina jersey sold for £7.1 million ($8.9 million) at an auction conducted by Sotheby’s, which broke the mark set in 2019 by a Babe Ruth Yankees jersey. 

Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal, in which he reached up with his hand above his head and directed the ball into the goal, opened the scoring for Argentina in a controversial 2–1 victory over England in the World Cup quarterfinals. 

But his second goal, a majestic run to goal that started at midfield and weaved through the England defense, was voted as the “Goal of the Century” in a FIFA poll. Maradona and Argentina would end up winning the 1986 World Cup.

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