Claudio Tapia, president of the AFA, regretted this Wednesday not having been able to recover the shirt that Diego Maradona wore in Argentina vs. England, when he scored the goal for The Hand of God and the considered “Goal of the Century” in the 1986 World Cup, which was sold at auction for a record price.
A buyer, still anonymous, acquired the historic garment for 9.28 million dollars after beating the offer of the Argentine collector Marcelo Ordas.
“It is a great shame not to have reached the last maximum offer, from the hand of Marcelo Ordas, to be able to bring to Our House, the most emblematic shirt of our National Team @Argentina. We are very excited to be able to have it in our Ezeiza property “, expressed the leader of the AFA in social networks.
Ordas, who spoke with Infobae, was seconds away from winning the auction with his bid of almost 7 million. “It is not a question of a collector who simply wants to take the credit to put it in a closet. We agreed that if we take this relic with us, it will be in the best possible place so that all Argentines can see it forever.” revealed.
Maradona wore the shirt in the quarter-final against England in 1986 in which he scored both of Argentina’s goals in their 2-1 victory.
The first was the “Hand of God” goal, where he patted the ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Maradona, who died in November 2020, later said the goal was “a little from Maradona’s head, and a little from the hand of God.”
His second goal is widely regarded as one of the best to grace a World Cup. Maradona collected the ball at the halfway line, dribbled past almost the entire England team and past Shilton to give Argentina a 2-0 lead. He was later elected Goal of the Century by FIFA.
Steve Hodge, the former England midfielder, swapped jerseys with Maradona after the 1986 match. He had previously turned down potential offers for the jersey, and it had been on display at the National Football Museum since 2002. But on April 6, Sotheby’s announced that the shirt was up for auction.