The jersey of football legend Diego Maradona has been auctioned off for a record price. And now it is also known who bought the piece of football history at auction: a Russian oligarch.
On Wednesday, the World Cup jersey of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona from 1986 was auctioned at the London auction house Sotheby’s for more than seven million pounds (about 8.5 million euros). And now it is also known who spent so much money on the piece of cloth.
The new owner is the Russian oligarch and Putin confidant Alisher Usmanov. Particularly explosive: Usmanov was already sanctioned by the European Union in March because of the Russian attack on Ukraine. This means that his assets have also been frozen. He can still afford the jersey.
The World Cup goal of the century
Maradona wore the blue jersey in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England. He scored both goals for his team in the legendary match, which Argentina won 2-1, including his infamous strike with his fist. The goal was scored “a bit with Maradona’s head and a bit with the hand of God”, he said at the time. He scored another regulation goal minutes later after he had bypassed several Englishmen. The goal is considered the “World Cup goal of the century”. Argentina later became world champions.
After the auction was announced, Maradona’s daughter Dalma claimed that it was the jersey her father had only worn in the first half, when no goals were scored. However, Sotheby’s denied this and pointed out that they had photos to prove the authenticity of the jersey from the second half.
Maradona had changed shirts at half-time and swapped his jersey with England midfielder Steve Hodge after the England game. Hodge had long loaned the special garment to the National Football Museum in Manchester. Now he decided to sell it.