Maradona's 'Hand of God' ball up for auction, could fetch up to $3 million
The legendary Argentine player punched the ball into the goal against England at the 1986 World Cup
The ball that Diego Maradona punched into the net past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton for the infamous goal he scored during the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals can now be yours.
The controversial incident — dubbed the “Hand of God” goal — gave Maradona legendary status in his homeland and hate among English fans that persists decades later.
Owned by referee Ali Bin Nasser, the starting bid for the adidas ball has been set at $600,000, according to Goldin’s January Sports Elite auction.
The ball could fetch as much as $3 million once the online bidding comes to an end on Feb. 8.
“This ball is central to arguably the most iconic moment in sports history,” Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions, told London’s Daily Mail. “The legacies of Maradona and the ‘Hand of God’ are forever intertwined and generations from now their story will still be told by fans around the world.”
Under FIFA rules, the ball used during a World Cup game goes to the match official. The Tunisian referee, who failed to whistle the infraction, had kept the ball in his possession all these years.
Maradona, who died in 2020 at age 60, scored both goals in Argentina’s 2-1 win against England at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on June 22, 1986.
After the match, Maradona told reporters the goal had been scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”
Maradona never apologized for his actions, saying in a 2013 interview that he thinks “it’s funny when they get mad because I scored a goal with my hand. I think it’s very funny.”
Following the “Hand of Ball” goal, Maradona scored what many consider the greatest goal in soccer history. His run started in the midfield, included beating out five England players, before putting the ball past Shilton.
Argentina went on to win the World Cup that year, defeating West Germany 3-2 in the final.
Maradona collectables have risen considerably since his death. The jersey Maradona wore when he scored the “Hand of God” sold last year for $9.28 million at Sotheby’s in London, the most of a piece of soccer memorabilia.
The price surpassed the then-record for a match-worn jersey of any sport, which was the $5.64 million paid in 2019 for Babe Ruth's 1928-30 New York Yankees shirt.