Maradona’s 1986 World Cup goal ball goes up for auction for R$17 million

The object will be auctioned by Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser, a former referee who worked in the match between Argentina and England.

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Maradona celebrating ‘La Mano de Dios’ goal against England

Diego Armando Maradona was one of the best players of all time, being responsible for great games and historic goals. Two of them took place in 1986 World Cupwhen the ace hit the ball with his hand when he opened the scoring for him Argentina Before England, in a valuable matchup for the quarter-finals – the move became known as “La Mano de Dios”. That same day, the ace extended the score by scoring the “goal of the century”, dribbled past five English players and goalkeeper Peter Shilton. After 36 years, the ball from that iconic game will be auctioned off by Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser, a former referee who worked at the match. “This ball is part of the history of football, it is the right time to share it with the world”, declared the former judge. The auction was scheduled to take place on November 16, four days ahead of schedule World Cup in Qatarand will have an estimated value of between 2.5 and 3 million pounds (between R$14.8 million and R$17.7 million).

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