On the day that Maradona’s World Cup 1986 shirt is slated to sell for £5 million at auction, Argentina sends a delegation to the United Kingdom to demand its return.

An Argentinian delegation has mounted a last-minute push to have Diego Maradona’s notorious ‘Hand of God’ shirt sold at auction today for £5 million.

The playmaker’s shirt from the 1986 World Cup victory against England, in which he scored the ‘Hand of God’ goal and the ‘Goal of the Century,’ is expected to sell for a high price.

After full time, the late football legend swapped shirts with England midfielder Steve Hodge, who has had the prized possession for the past 35 years.

However, an Argentinian group, including Maradona’s family, a private memorabilia firm, and the country’s football organization, is believed to have landed in London with the intention of purchasing the £5 million shirt.

‘He is selling something that belongs to Maradona and the AFA without permission,’ a member told the Sun.

‘It should be in Argentina so that all Argentines may appreciate it, not just a millionaire’s closet,’ says the author.

The two goals ‘balance each other perfectly,’ according to Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectables, and illustrate two aspects of Maradona’s character.

He described the first as “very ingenious” and “included an element of chance.” ‘But then he scored a second goal that was one of the most incredible – almost angelic – goals I’ve ever seen.’

Argentina went on to win the World Cup by a score of 2-1. Maradona, widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, battled cocaine addiction and other vices until passing away in November 2020 at the age of 60.

Maradona exchanged shirts with England midfielder Steve Hodge after the game, and Hodge never sold it until now.

It has been on loan to England’s National Football Museum in Manchester for the past 20 years.

Hodge has previously explained how he obtained the shirt. ‘I was walking down the tunnel and Maradona was approaching from the opposite direction,’ he explained. We swapped right there and then because I tugged on my top.’

He’s finally disclosed why he’s selling the legendary shirt. ‘I’ve had this garment for over 35 years, since Diego and I swapped jerseys in the tunnel after the famous match,’ he recalled.

‘Playing against one of the best and most magnificent football players of all time was an amazing honor.’

‘It’s also been a pleasure to share it with the public at the National Football Museum, where it’s been on display for the past 20 years.’

‘The Hand of God shirt has significant cultural significance for the football world, the people of Argentina, and the people of England, and I’m confident that the new owner will take great delight in having the world’s most iconic football shirt,’ said the owner.

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