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Football legend Diego Maradona’s daughter claims wrong “Hand of God” jersey is up for auction

The Golden Boy was a master of freekicks and was involved in some of the most historic victories during his career, most famous was the "Hand of God" goal against England.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 8 April 2022 12:15 pm

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona was the greatest to serve the game. He brought several laurels to the nation himself due to his incredible display of skills on the field. The Golden Boy was a master of freekicks and was involved in some of the most historic victories during his career, most famous was the “Hand of God” goal against England.

Notably, the “Hand of God” is about the goal scored by Maradona during Argentina’s match against England on June 22, 1986. Maradona jumped as if to head the ball, but instead, it hit his hand and went past goalkeeper Peter Shilton to give the team a 1-0 lead. The referees missed the handball and there was no technology used in those days to overrule the decision. In a new development, Diego Maradona’s eldest daughter claims that the Argentina shirt that Steve Hodge is auctioning is not the one her late father wore when he scored this goal.

Hodge is the former England player who says Maradona swapped shirts with him at the end of the game in Mexico City and is selling the shirt, which is set to fetch more than £4 million ($5.2 million).

While auctioneers Sotheby said that they hired an external company that had provided a “conclusive photomatch” that proves it was authentic, Dalma Maradona claims otherwise. She said, “The jersey her father wore in the second half when he also scored one of the greatest goals in the World Cup history was in the hands of another owner, but she declined to name them.”

While speaking to reporters, Maradona’s daughter said, “It’s not that one. I don’t want to name who has it because it’s crazy.” As per Dalma, her father told her that she couldn’t give that historic shirt to anyone as he used to claim it as the shirt of his life.

“This former player thinks he has my dad’s second-half jersey, but it’s a mix-up; he has the one from the first half,” she added. Dalma further added that she wanted to clarify things as the people who are going to buy it will be putting their money, but they deserve to know the truth.

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