Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ ball sold for $2.4 million in World Cup 1986, know who auctioned it? – diego maradona hand of god ball sold for 2 million 4 lakh of world cup 1986 know who auctioned it – News18 Hindi
London. The ball with which Diego Maradona scored the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup has been auctioned by the referee of that match for $2.4 million. Ali bin Nasser, the Tunisian referee, missed in that match that Maradona had scored with his hand. In the quarter-final match between Argentina and England in Mexico, that ball was kept by the referee.
This 36-year-old ball was sold at the Graham Budd auction in London on Wednesday for 2 million pounds (about 23 million 70 thousand dollars). Bin Nasser had said before the auction that this is the right time to share this ball with the world. He hoped that its buyer would keep it for public exhibition.
The auctioned ball is inspired by the architecture and murals of the Aztec civilization. The 1986 game between Argentina and England was used for the full 90 minutes, as it was several years before the multi-ball system was introduced in football. In 1982, the match also featured a lot of conflict due to political tensions following the Falklands War. The late Maradona died in November 2020 at the age of 60 due to heart failure. In the match, Maradona ran up to England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and put the ball into the net.
What did Maradona say..?
Maradona later said that the goal was scored “partly from Maradona’s head, partly from the hand of God”. The second goal came only 4 minutes later, as Maradona beat five English players and Shilton to score the “Goal of the Century” in a 2002 FIFA poll.
Argentina won the grudge match 2–1 after Maradona’s controversial first-goal stand by Bin Nasser, and the team went on to win the World Cup. Before the sale, bin Nasser said he felt it was the right time to share the object with the world and hoped the buyer – who has not been disclosed – would put it on public display.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 17, 2022, 00:42 IST