Argentina Legend Diego Maradona hand of god world cup ball auctioned for 2.4 million dollars

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World Cup ball of Maradona’s hand off ball

Maradona Hand of God: The auction of the historic ‘Hand of God’ ball of Argentina’s legendary footballer Diego Maradona has been completed. That ball of Maradona, who scored a famous goal with his hands in the 1986 Football World Cup, was auctioned by the Tunisian referee for $ 2.4 million (about Rs 19 crore). To buy that special ball, Britain’s Graham Budd spent two million pounds in an auction event held in London on Wednesday.

Significantly, in that quarterfinal match played between Argentina and England in Mexico, Maradona scored a goal in a strange way with his hand. After this, Ali Bin Nasser of Tunisia, who was the referee in that match, kept the ball with him. Another specialty of this 36-year-old ball was that it was used throughout the match, while many balls are used in today’s era. Bin Nasser said before the auction that the time was right to share this ball with the world. He hoped that its buyer would put it up for public exhibition.

Let us tell that six months before this, the jersey worn by the late Maradona in that match was also auctioned. A successful bid of $9.2 million (over Rs 75 crore) was made for that jersey.

Talking about the match, in that quarterfinal match between Argentina and England, Maradona ran into the box close to the England goalpost and then beat England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and hit the net with his hands. Maradona then called it the Hand of God at that time. In the same match, after four minutes, Maradona scored another historic goal. He beat five England players and the goalkeeper to score the goal, which was also called the Goal of the Century. That match was won by the Argentine team 2-1 and later under the captaincy of Maradona, he also won the World Cup title.

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