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Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ ball anticipated to fetch £2.5m at public sale

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The “Hand of God” soccer will go up for public sale on Nov. 16 in the UK for an estimated £2.5 million. The ball might attain an estimated worth of £2.5m to £3m ($2.7 – $3.3m).

The ball is owned by Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser, who officiated the controversial quarterfinal between England and Argentina on the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Argentina received that recreation 2-1 with Bin Nasser permitting the Albiceleste‘s opener, which noticed Diego Maradona punch the ball previous England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

The purpose turned often called the “Hand of God” with Argentina legend Maradona later claiming that it was scored “just a little with the top of Maradona and just a little with the hand of God.”

“This ball is a part of worldwide soccer historical past — it seems like the appropriate time to be sharing it with the world,” Bin Nasser stated. As for Maradona’s first purpose I could not see the incident clearly, the 2 gamers Shilton and Maradona have been dealing with me from behind … On the finish of the match the England head coach Bobby Robson stated to me “You probably did a superb job however the linesman was irresponsible.”

The well-known ball might be on show at Wembley stadium subsequent month forward of being auctioned by Graham Budd Public sale Home, with bidders capable of register and bid on-line upfront.

“The timing of the match, the historical past between the 2 groups stretching again to 1951 (the primary quarterfinal between the 2 groups in 1966 was additionally controversial for the sending off of the Argentinian captain Antonio Rattan), and the well-known handball have all led to this match taking place as one of the well-known and emotive matches in soccer historical past,” Graham Budd, chairman of Graham Budd Auctions stated.

“With the historical past surrounding the ball, we expect this lot to be vastly in style when it comes up for public sale.”

Different World Cup objects will even be auctioned that day.

Earlier this yr, the shirt worn by Maradona throughout that recreation was offered for $9.3m, a then-world file for any piece of sporting memorabilia. Three months later, a brand new world file was set with Mickey Mantle baseball card offered for $12.6m in August. In September, Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA finals jersey went for $10.1m, which was a brand new world file for any ‘recreation worn’ sporting memorabilia, beating Maradona’s shirt.

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