The shirt that Diego Maradona wore when he scored his notorious ‘Hand of God’ aim in opposition to England in 1986 will go on show in Qatar throughout the World Cup simply 5 months after it set a report value at public sale, a prime official mentioned Saturday. The shirt, which offered for USD 9.3 million to a secret purchaser, has been loaned to Qatar’s 3-2-1 sports activities museum and can go on show from Sunday till April 1.
Qatar has not named the shirt’s new proprietor, who paid a then report value for any sports activities memorabilia object, however negotiations are understood to have began simply weeks after the May 4 public sale.
Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, head of Qatar Museums and a member of the Gulf state’s ruling household, mentioned she was “excited” to have secured the shirt for a particular World Cup exhibition.
“The jersey has been through quite a journey,” she added in a press release to AFP.
“Starting with the moment when Nottingham Forest midfielder Steve Hodge swapped jerseys with Maradona after the match, in what now seems an inspired move.”
Maradona scored each targets within the World Cup quarter-final 2-1 victory over England in Mexico City’s Aztec Stadium in 1986.
– Pele‘s proper foot –
The recreation has change into one of the crucial talked about in soccer historical past and embellished the legendary standing of Maradona, who died from a coronary heart assault in November 2020 on the age of 60.
Wearing the quantity 10 shirt, Maradona punched the ball previous England goalkeeper Peter Shilton for the primary aim, saying later it had been “a little with the head of Maradona, a little with the hand of God.”
Soon after, Maradona sped previous 5 English defenders and Shilton to fit house a strike that was voted “Goal of the Century” in a 2002 FIFA ballot.
Hodge swapped shirts with Maradona and had loaned the shirt to a Manchester museum for 20 years earlier than placing it up on the market the place the nameless purchaser beat six different bidders together with the Argentina Football Association. The ultimate value was greater than twice the worth predicted by Sotheby’s.
But a jersey worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan was offered for $10.1 million on September 16, taking on because the report for the most costly sports activities memorabilia and most costly game-worn shirt.
The Maradona shirt will go on show on the “World of Football” exhibition with a ball used within the first World Cup finals in 1930, the primary written account of the principles of soccer, considered one of solely two bronze busts ever fabricated from the long-lasting Brazilian Pele’s proper foot and different jerseys worn by soccer greats.
“Many of the items displayed at the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum are like this: symbols of human passion that have long, moving narratives behind them,” mentioned Sheikha Mayassa.
“These objects have now taken on a life of their own as part of the world’s culture — inspiring emotion, evoking memories, and sparking dialogue.”
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