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Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ jersey sells for $9.3 million, breaking Babe Ruth’s record

In a 1986 World Cup quarterfinal in Mexico City, the Argentina legend wore the shirt and scored two of the most famous goals in soccer history.

The shirt worn by Argentina icon Diego Maradona during the memorable “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup semifinal was auctioned for $9.3 million.

The price smashed the historical record of $5.6 million set in 2019 for a game-used jersey worn by Babe Ruth while playing for the New York Yankees. According to Sotheby’s, it was also the highest price ever paid for an item of sports memorabilia.

English midfielder Steve Hodge had owned Maradona’s shirt until changing it with the Argentine after England’s 2-1 defeat. In the game at Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, Maradona scored twice, recording two of the most iconic goals in World Cup history. The first came when England’s stocky striker punched the ball into the net. His second was a spectacular dribble through half of the English team.

Argentina went on to win the World Cup that year, cementing Maradona’s status as one of the game’s all-time greats. He died in the year 2020.

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