The shirt worn by the late football Diego Maradona when he scored his famous ‘Hand Of God’ goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico would be yours for $2 million according to the American sports memorabilia expert.
The shirt is now owned by former England international Steve Hodge, who got it from Maradona after the match.
“I was walking down the tunnel and Maradona was coming in the opposite direction. I just tugged my shirt and we swapped there and then,” Hodge, who had been delayed on leaving the pitch doing a TV interview, told British media.
The shirt is currently put on display at England’s National Football Museum in Manchester.
“It’s very difficult to gauge (the value) with the “Hand Of God” jersey, but I know that the owner was looking for a $2 million private sale,” David Amerman of Goldin Auction in New Jersey told Reuters.
“It certainly could be a possibility, the values have jumped quite a bit in soccer.”
Amerman’s firm is currently in another auction together with Sotheby’s known as ” A Century Of Champions,” which features a Jules Rimet trophy which was given to Brazilian football legend Pele by FIFA after he won his third World Cup with Brazil in 1970.
The trophy is expected to be sold at around $800,000 and that sum could be reduced if Hodge gets a buyer for Maradona’s shirt or put it up for an auction, although Hodge may not quite reach his target price.
According to Amerman it is will be difficult to see how the shirt would fetch two million dollars and did not deny the possibility of wealthy individuals buying the shirt.
“I don’t see why an individual who had the money wouldn’t want something like that – you can’t really put a number on it. If you find the right person in the right place, it’s a realistic possibility,” Amerman explained.
Maradona’s rookie card is reportedly being sold at $20,000 which was previously available for a few dollars a few years ago.
One man who will not be putting the shirt Maradona gave him for sale is ex-Arsenal and Juventus player Liam Brady.
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Liam played against Maradona on most occasions for club and country and the Argentine gave him an unusual number 17 shirt rather than his usual number 10 after a 1979 match.
“If it went to a private collector that really wanted it, if it was going to the right place and it was going to be appreciated, I would consider selling it, but I wouldn’t put it on eBay or any of these auction rooms,” he told Reuters.