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Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ football expected to sell at auction for US $2.8-S3.4 million

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2022. 5:45 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The ball with which Diego Armando Maradona scored two of the most famous goals ever in football history will be sold in an auction on November 16 and is expected to fetch US $2.8-S3.4 million

Maradona scored what became known as the ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup Quarterfinals against England in Mexico City on June 21. He also scored what was qualified as the goal of the century as he ran past five field players before beating goalkeeper Peter Shilton for Argentina to win the quarterfinal 2-1. Argentina went on to win the World Cup.

The ‘Hand of God’ ball is being put on sale by Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian referee who officiated the match. Bin Nasser claimed he was behind both Maradona and Shilton and didn’t see Maradona handle the ball and that the linesman (as assistant referees were called then) walked to the middle of the pitch signalling that the goal was good. So, Bin Nasser allowed it.

“This ball is part of football history – it is the right time to be sharing it with the world,” said Bin Nasser according to the BBC.

Maradona is also responsible for calling the goal the ‘Hand of God’.

“A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God,” he said afterwards when asked how he had scored it.

As opposed to what happens now, the ball was used for the entire match

“With the history surrounding the ball, we are expecting this lot to be hugely popular when it comes up for auction,” said auctioneer Graham Budd, according to British newspaper The Guardian.

The auction on November 16 is going to be a part of a World Cup special event and will be streamed live. Prospective buyers will be able to register their bids online from October 28.

Incidentally, Maradona’s shirt for that quarterfinal sold for a record US $9.3 million in May.

 

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