The renowned ‘Hand of God’ shirt of Diego Maradona is up for auction, with a starting bid of $5 million.

The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored two goals against England in the 1986 World Cup, including the famed “hand of God” goal, went up for auction on Wednesday, April 20, with a starting bid of more than $5 million.

After full time, the football legend, who died in 2020, swapped shirts with England player Steve Hodge, who has had the prized possession for the past 35 years.

Hodge has decided to sell the garment at Sotheby’s, and the online auction has already begun.

One interested buyer has already met the reserve of $5 million, but there are still two weeks left for buyers to place their bids before the auction finishes on May 4.

Diego Maradona

In that quarter-final in 1986, Maradona’s place as a legend was established.

Argentina won 2-1, with their little talisman fooling the referee by scoring a header with his hand, which the office mistook for a header.

In the event, Hodge was involved, passing the ball back to the goalkeeper before Maradona used his ingenuity to leap and reach the ball with his hand.

After the game, the player famously stated that it was scored “a bit with Maradona’s head, and a little with God’s hand.”

Diego Maradona

In a FIFA poll, his other goal in the game was selected ‘Goal of the Century,’ as he dribbled around practically the whole England team before putting the ball past Peter Shilton.

It was the most renowned game of a footballing genius’s career, who was 25 at the time and went on to assist his team win the tournament in Mexico.

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.’

For more than three decades, Hodge was the lucky owner, and he previously revealed how he got it.

‘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.’

‘I have been the proud owner of this garment for over 35 years, when Diego and I swapped jerseys in the tunnel after the famous match,’ Hodge said.

Diego Maradona

‘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.

During the April 20-May 4 bidding period, the shirt will be on display in Sotheby’s London showroom on Bond Street.

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