Diego Maradona’s Golden Ball Trophy From the 1986 World Cup to Be Auctioned Off

Diego Maradona celebrates victory of Argentina at 1986 world cup
Diego Maradona celebrates victory of Argentina at 1986 world cup. Photo by INPHO/Shutterstock (11055030i)

After leading Argentina to a 1986 World Cup win, late soccer legend Diego Maradona was recognized as the tournament’s best player and received a Golden Ball Trophy. Now, that trophy will be auctioned off by auction house Aguttes.

Maradona’s Golden Ball trophy was reportedly stolen at one point but recently resurfaced in the auction room among trophy lots. Aguttes estimates that the trophy will fetch several millions once the bidding opens on June 6.

“It is this piece of football history, perhaps the finest in the sport, that we are offering for sale at auction,” François Thierry, Sports Specialist at Aguttes, said in a statement.

Diego Maradona scored five goals during Argentina’s 1986 World Cup run while playing every minute in each of the seven games. His most memorable outing at the tournament came in the 2-1 win over England in the quarter-finals. Maradona scored both goals for Argentina, and they are now considered among the most epic goals in soccer history. The first is the legendary “Hand of God,”  while the second saw him dribble through England’s players from his own half before putting the ball in the net.

Jersey that Maradona wore when he scored “Hand of God” goals was recently sold at an auction for $9.3 million. The ball from the game fetched $2.4 million.

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