The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored two of the most famous goals in footballing history was put up for auction on Wednesday by London-based Sotheby’s but its sale was complicated by claims from his family that the wrong shirt is going under the hammer.
Maradona wore the No. 10 shirt in the 1986 World Cup quarter final against England in Mexico. Six minutes into the second half he put Argentina ahead by a goal made famous as the “Hand of God” goal. Just four minutes later he dribbled from his own half to score a sublime second.
England midfielder Steve Hodge got Maradona’s jersey after the game and announced on Wednesday he was putting it up for auction after 19 years on display at England’s National Football Museum.
However, Maradona’s daughter and ex-wife cast doubt on the veracity of the piece by saying Hodge got the shirt Maradona wore in the first half, not the one he was wearing when he hit the net.
“It’s not the shirt my dad wore in the second half,” Dalma Maradona said on Metro radio. Sotheby’s, however, said they used photomatching technology to “conclusively” match the shirt to both goals.
The online auction runs between April 20 and May 4.