June 22, 1986 is a special day for all Argentines, and even for the English. In the quarter-final between the two countries at the World Cup in Mexico, just four years after the end of the Falklands War between the two nations, Diego Maradona entered into the legend of his country and football with one of the the most iconic doubles in history. At the start of the second half, the former Napoli player opened the scoring with the famous “Hand of God” before scoring the “Goal of the Century” four minutes later.
Although disappointed, the English Steve Hodge had the lucidity to exchange his jersey with “el Pibe de Oro”. Owner of the Albiceleste jersey flocked with Maradona’s 10 for more than 35 years, he had lent it to the National Football Museum in Manchester for 18 years. While the Argentinian genius died two years ago, the Englishman decided to put this relic up for auction. Steve Hodge says to himself “certain that the new owner will be very proud to own this jersey”who “has deep cultural significance for the world of football, the people of Argentina and the people of England.” The tunic is put up for auction by Sotheby’s, at a starting price of 5.2 million euros.