Soccer ball

Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ match football is expected to fetch at least $2.8 million at auction

(Reuters) – The football that was at the feet – and in the hands – of Diego Maradona as he shocked the world with acts of both cheeky playfulness and jaw-dropping skill in Mexico 36 years ago was auctioned and is expected to sell for at least 2.5 million pounds ($2.8 million).

The ball in question is from the 1986 World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and England, in which Maradona scored six minutes into the second half by slyly kicking the ball at the England keeper Peter Shilton in the net, a goal he said was assisted. by the “Hand of God”.

Just four minutes later, he dribbled past a number of England players of his own half to score a sublime second that regularly tops the polls as the greatest goal in World Cup history.

The ball is sold by Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser, who refereed the game.

“This ball is part of international football history – now is the right time to share it with the world,” said Bin Nasser. “I hope the buyer is able to expose it or share it with the public in some other way.”

The auction will be conducted by auctioneers Graham Budd and will take place on November 16, with bidders able to register and bid online from October 28.

The shirt worn by Maradona in the same game sold for £7.14million earlier this year.

Maradona, considered one of the best footballers in the world, died in November 2020 at the age of 60.

($1 = 0.9029 pounds)

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Chopra)