Diego Maradona' Hand of God' Football Estimated to Fetch Millions at Auction

Wednesday 19th October 2022 - Cara Bentham


Diego Maradona' Hand of God' Football Estimated to Fetch Millions at Auction

Check out the estimate for this ball and some more sporting items with our auctioneers.

A football used to score two of the most famous goals in football history is going up for auction with a massive estimate of £3 million. The ball was used in the famous 1986 World Cup quarter-final between England and Argentina, in which Diego Maradona's controversial 'Hand of God' goal was scored.

The ball is being sold by Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser who allowed the controversial goal during the match. He says, "This ball is part of football history - it is the right time to be sharing it with the world."

Many football fans will remember the 1986 match as one of the most controversial in World Cup history. During the match, Maradona, who was playing for Argentina, scored the opening goal by punching the ball past Peter Shilton, the England goalkeeper. Referee Bin Nasser allowed the goal to stand, having not spotted the handball. Maradona famously described the incident as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".

Maradona scored a second goal during the match, which has become known as the 'goal of the century' as he dribbled the ball past five of England's outfield players before slipping it in the net past the goalkeeper. 

The ball now being sold at auction was used for the full 90 minutes of the match, which saw Argentina win 2-1. They eventually won the World Cup, which was held in Mexico that year. It will go under the hammer on November 16th at Graham Budd Auctions as part of a World Cup special event which will be live-streamed. 

Chairman of the auction house where the ball will be sold, Graham Budd, has stated: "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."

Sporting memorabilia has been doing well at auction recently, with several items breaking records. Back in May, the shirt worn by Maradona in the same famous 1986 match sold for a record £7.4 million. In August, a Mickey Mantle baseball card fetched a colossal £10.3 million and then, in September, a Michael Jordan 1998 NBA finals jersey sold for £8.7 million. 

If you're a keen collector of sports memorabilia, why not check out some of our upcoming lots? The following items are set to go under the hammer soon, and you can bid online from the comfort of your home. 


This Super rare 1955 British & Irish Lions Matchworn Rugby Jersey is expected to fetch between £3,000 - £4,000. It was owned and worn by Ireland wing/centre and dentist AC 'Cecil' Pedlow. It's going under the hammer on October 27th, you can view the listing here.

This framed Stafford Rangers Football Club kit shirt, bearing the team's autographs, is set to fetch between £30 - £50. It's due to go under the hammer on October 30th, and you can view the complete listing here


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Cover Photo Credit: Graham Budd Auctions