Football shirts sold for more than 9 million dollars

Unheard of for a collector’s sports item. The shirt worn by Argentine football genius Diego Maradona when he crucified England in the legendary 1986 World Cup match sold for $9.3 million at Sotheby’s, breaking all records.

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God’s Hand Target of the Century and an Expensive Jacket: Shortly after the two-week online sale was declared over and caught on in the last minutes, we didn’t yet know who the buyer(s) would put that amount on the table to carry the remains of “Pibe de Oro”, who died On November 25, 2020.

Argentine art collector Marcelo Ordas told La Nacion+ in his country that he had “unfortunately” failed with his $6.8 million bid, in the face of “an offer from the Middle East that arrived at the last minute”.


Football shirts sold for more than 9 million dollars

And this is despite a “very big effort” and the help of “several business leaders”, such as Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique and the president of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio Tapia, who wanted to help him “restore these effects”. To share with all Argentines.”

At this price, the No. 10 blue jersey breaks the historic record for any sports-related collectible, held so far in the original manuscript of Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s Olympic Manifesto ($8.8 million in 2019).

It also puts football at its highest in the field for the first time, while the market for collectible jerseys is often driven by American baseball and basketball.

American baseball legend Babe Ruth sets the previous record for sportswear ($5.6 million in 2019). Many basketball jerseys have already crossed the million dollar mark, which has never happened to football at auction.


Football shirts sold for more than 9 million dollars

For more than 35 years, the Maradona shirt was the sole owner of former England midfielder Steve Hodge, who loaned it to the National Football Museum in Manchester (UK), before deciding to sell it. Inspired by this, the player exchanged him for “Pep de Oro” at the end of the quarter-finals on June 22, 1986 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which was won by the Argentines (2-1), future winners of the tournament. Championship, and has remained one of the most controversial tournaments in football history.

This match, full of symbols four years after the Falklands War between England and Argentina, contributed greatly to writing Maradona’s contradictory legend.

In the 51st minute, after a ball straight off its rooftop by Steve Hodge, the Argentina captain rose into the air and scored with the help of his hand in a clear manner. Maradona had joked after the match, speaking of “the hand of God”.

Just four minutes later, “El Pibe de Oro” scored a selection goal, starting with his camp and eliminating four English players and then goalkeeper Peter Shilton to score.


Football shirts sold for more than 9 million dollars

The taste of the sale was controversial, with part of Diego Maradona’s family claiming, despite repeated assurances from Sotheby’s, that the shirt was not the one worn by the Argentina captain when he scored the two goals. Maradona and Hodge recounted their exchange in books.

Such controversy is not new, but it is not new. In 2018, a Parisian company was forced to withdraw a shirt he presented like the one worn by Zinedine Zidane during the 1998 World Cup final that France won over Brazil, due to doubts about its authenticity.

Last summer, an American house, Julien’s Auctions, in turn, announced that it had sold for over $100,000 a T-shirt that Zizou had prepared for this match, without confirming that he would be wearing it. The sale was finally canceled as well.

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