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The mythical Maradona goal ball with 'the hand of God' is auctioned in London

The organizers of the auction, which will take place in November, consider that the ball will be sold at a price between 2.7 and $3.3 million.

The ball with which Diego Maradona scored ‘the goal from the hand of God’ and ‘the goal of the century’ in the match that Argentina beat England in the quarterfinals of the World Cup 1986, will be auctioned next month in London.

The organizers of the bid, supervised by the company Graham Budd Auctions, consider that the ball will be sold at an estimated price of between 2.7 and 3.3 million dollars.

The ball was put up for sale by the Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser, who directed the match and allowed the first controversial goal from Pelusa will be recorded on the scoreboard. “That ball is part of international soccer history. It seems like the right time to share it with the world,” the referee said.

In addition to the ball, the auction, organized for the next World Cup in Qatar, will include other memorable items such as the shirt worn by Bin Nasser during the match and another signed by Maradona, who passed away in November 2020.

The shirt that Maradona wore in the game against the English was auctioned last April for 9.2 million dollars, which at the time set a record for any sporting goods sold at auction. Three months later, however, a baseball card of American legend Mickey Mantle set the bar even higher after selling for 12.6 million dollars.

The match and the story

That quarter-final match between Argentina and England became a legend in the collective imagination for various reasons. Four years before the World Cup in Mexico, both countries faced each other in the Malvinas War, an Argentine island territory under British rule, whose sovereignty continues to be claimed by the South American country.

That June 22, 1986, Maradona captured all eyes after scoring the two goals that gave the victory to the Argentine team by 2 to 1. In the 51st minute of the game, ‘El Pelusa’ scored the first goal by hitting it with his left fist

in a jump with goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Later, the star would affirm that the goal was scored “a little with Maradona’s head and a little with the hand of God.”

Four minutes after the controversial goal, the 2-0, baptized as ‘the goal of the century’ due to the aesthetics of the play, in which the Argentine star dribbled past five English defenders after running halfway through the field without letting go of the ball.

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