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Maradona’s ‘hand of God’ ball to sell for $3.4 million at auction

Maradona used his hand to nudge the ball into the net during the Argentina 2-1 win over England in the 1986 World Cup.

• October 14, 2022
Diego Maradona's hand of God goal
Diego Maradona’s hand of God goal

The referee of the controversial match between Argentina and England, Ali Bin Nasser, in the 1986 quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup, has put the ‘hand of God’ ball up for auction with which Diego Maradona scored an infamous goal.

Maradona created one of the most memorable moments in a World Cup during the high-profile match between the two countries at political war against each other following the Falklands war.

With the infamous ‘hand of God’, the maverick Maradona scored the match’s first goal, sprinting into the box, jumping above England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, punching the ball into the net, and the referee Bin Nasser controversially gave the goal.

For his second goal in the match, the Napoli legend took the ball from his own half and dribbled five England players before slotting the ball into an empty net – a goal voted the ‘Goal of the Century’, according to a 2002 FIFA poll.

Argentina went on to win the World Cup.

Thirty-six years after the infamous incident, Bin Nasser, the owner of the ball, has decided to part ways with the iconic ball.

“This ball is part of international football history. It feels like the right time to be sharing it with the world,” he stated.

According to London-based Graham Budd Auctions, the ball will be auctioned next month, with bidding to start on November 16. Interested buyers can start registering for the bidding contest online. Registration starts on October 28.

The company also said it was anticipating selling the ball for between £2.5 million and £3 million (up to $3.4 million).

“With the history surrounding the ball, we are expecting this lot to be hugely popular when it comes up for auction,” it said.

Maradona died aged 60 in 2020, but the things associated with his name still cost a huge amount of money – the jersey worn by the football icon in the match was sold for around $9.3 million.

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