Ball used for Maradona ‘Hand of God’ goal expected to fetch £2.5-3m

The ball used in the 1986 World Cup quarter final, in which Diego Maradona scored two goals including the ‘Hand of God’, is set to go to auction.

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It is being sold by Ali Bin Nasser, the referee of the infamous encounter between England and Argentina, and is expected to fetch £2.5m to £3m.

Bin Nasser, who missed Maradona punching the ball past Peter Shilton for the game’s opener, said: “This ball is part of football history – it is the right time to be sharing it with the world.” The ball was used for the full 90 minutes of the match. 

After the handball, Maradona’s second goal became known as the ‘goal of the century.’ He started inside his own half, glided past five England outfield players, before beating Shilton.

Argentina won the match 2-1 and would go on to win the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

maradona ball hand of god ball auction Credit: Graham Budd Auctions

Credit: Graham Budd Auctions

The match ball is set to head to auction on 16 November, as part of a World Cup special event. Bids can be registered online as early as 28 October.

Graham Budd, chairman of Graham Budd Auctions, said: “The timing of the match, the history between the two teams and the handball have all led to this match going down as one of the most famous and emotive matches in football history.” 

“With the history surrounding the ball, we are expecting this lot to be hugely popular when it comes up for auction.”

The shirt Maradona wore during the match went to auction earlier this year, fetching a whopping $9.3m (£7.4m).

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