The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored two of the most memorable goals in the world to knock England out of the 1986 World Cup has sold at auction for more than £ 7 million.

During the quarterfinals at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico the ball clearly hit in player of ArgentinaThe “Hand” before settling for the first goal, which became known as the “Hand of God”.

Then the forward described the goal as “a little head of Maradona, and a little hand of God.”

Maradona’s 1986 shirt sold for £ 7,142,500. Photo: Tristan Fueings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s

The match also saw a great footballer who died in 2020score the “goal of the century” as he bypassed many England players and then killed goalkeeper Peter Shilton in a 2-1 win over Mexico City on his way to winning his team in the tournament.

The shirt was sold for 7,142,500 pounds, which became a new auction record for the subject of sports memorabilia, according to Sotheby’s.

Bram Wachter, head of Sotheby’s streetwear and modern collectibles department, said there was “unfiltered enthusiasm” during the auction.

He said: “This historic shirt is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of sport but also in the history of the twentieth century.

“A few weeks after we announced the auction, we were crowded with both sports fans and collectors, feeling the excitement in the air during the public exhibition – and this unfiltered enthusiasm was reflected in the bidding.

“It’s probably the most coveted football shirt ever put up for auction, and so it’s only appropriate that it’s now an auction record for any object of its kind.”

The shirt comes from the collection of English midfielder Steve Hodge, who inadvertently sent the ball to Maradona before the moment “Hands of God”.

Photo: Tristan Fueings / Getty Images for Sotheby's
Photo: Tristan Fueings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s

Hodge was the player with whom Maradona exchanged shirts after the match.

It was early in the second half when Maradona hit Shilton’s ball and sent the ball past the England goalkeeper into the net.

This moment would have outraged England fans for years to come, but no one could deny the Argentine’s brilliance four minutes later when he picked up the ball near midfield and beat five England players before scoring home.

If the goal of the “Hand of God” had happened today, the VAR would almost certainly have ruled it out.

Gary Lineker gave England hope by scoring a goal at the end of the half, but manager Bobby Robson’s team was unable to equalize.

This came after Maradona’s eldest daughter questioned the authenticity of the T-shirt, telling Argentine radio station Metro that the shirt, which was put up for auction, was worn in the first half, not the second, when goals were scored.

But Sotheby’s told Forbes that an independent company conducted an analysis using photos of the player taken in the second half – and that the authenticity was never questioned when the shirt was on display at the National Football Museum for 20 years.

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