The most expensive football shirts of all time – like Diego Maradona ‘Hand of God’ sells for £7m
While Argentina legend Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ match shirt broke records with its £7.1m sale, we take a look at some of the most expensive shirts in the game. soccer history
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Diego Maradona’s shirt, which he wore in the ‘Hand of God’ game against England, broke records as the most expensive football shirt in the world.
The shirt was sold by former England midfielder Steve Hodge and cost £7.1million.
Hodge had owned the shirt for 36 years after swapping it with Maradona at the end of the controversial 1986 World Cup match which saw Argentina win 2-1 over England in the quarter-finals.
While no other football shirt comes close to the £7.1million Diego’s was worth, there have been a few that have high prices.
We take a look at some of the most expensive football shirts in history.
1. Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt
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The Maradona shirt he wore during the famous ‘Hand of God’ match has now topped the list of the most expensive football shirts in the world, having sold for £7,142,500.
On his first goal of the match, Maradona and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton leaped for the ball, which hit Maradona’s left hand before bouncing into the net.
The goal was allowed because the referee did not have a clear view. Maradona went on to describe the goal as “a bit with Maradona’s head and a bit with God’s hand”.
A few minutes later, Maradona scored again and Argentina won the World Cup.
The sale of the shirt not only broke the record for the most expensive football shirt ever sold, it also broke the auction record for a sports memorabilia item, previously held by the 1892 Olympic manifesto.
2. Pelé’s Brazil 1970 World Cup shirt
Prior to the recent sale of Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt, it was Pele’s Brazil shirt from the 1970 World Cup that held the number one spot in the world’s most expensive football shirts.
The Brazilian legend wore the shirt in the World Cup final against Italy and it sold at auction for a whopping £157,750 in 2002.
Pele scored a goal in the shirt in the final, contributing in part to his massive value. But the sale still exceeded pre-auction estimates, as it reached three times the amount they thought.
The shirt was sold by former Italy international Roberto Rosarto, who also played in the final and swapped shirts with Pele at the end of the game.
Who bought the shirt remains a mystery as the auction was won by an anonymous buyer over the phone.
3. Sir Geoff Hurst’s 1966 World Cup shirt
The sale of Pele’s shirt held the record for two decades, but just a few years before it was sold, the record holder was Sir Geoff Hurst’s 1966 World Cup shirt, which he wore in the final against England. West Germany.
The shirt sold at auction for £91,750 in September 2000.
Hurst scored an incredible hat-trick in the 4-2 win that saw England lift the World Cup for the first time.
4. 1990 East Germany Match Worn Shirt
It might be a step up from the auction prices of the shirts mentioned above, but there are plenty of retro football shirts that also fetch a decent price, like this lightning-fast Germany jersey from the East of 1990.
The shirt is on sale for £1,249.99, believed to have been worn in a friendly against Scotland at McDiarmid Park in Perth on April 24, 1990.
The match ended 2-1 against DDR.
5. Boycho Velichkov’s worn-out jersey from the 1979 Bulgaria game
This rare shirt comes with a price tag of £1,199.99.
It was worn by former Bulgarian football striker Boycho Velichkov for the 1980 European Championship Group 1 qualifier against England.
The match was played at Wembley on November 22, 1979 and ended in a 2-0 win for England.