AFP – Argentina: Former England football midfielder Steve Hodge, who won the shirt of the late Argentine star Diego Armando Maradona at the end of the famous match between the two teams in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, went confirm that “the t-shirt is not for sale”.
“It’s been 34 years since I kept it and I never thought of selling it,” Hodge told the BBC when asked about the shirt on display at the Manchester English Football Museum. I love being mine. It’s an incredible emotional value. “However, Maradona’s death at the age of 60 last week sparked an increase in interest in purchasing the legendary t-shirt and rumors spoke of significant amounts to obtain it.
Hodge revealed, “People kept coming knocking on my door and my phone kept ringing on all the radio stations and TV channels, even foreign ones.” “It was disturbing. I read articles on the internet looking for money offering the t-shirt to sell and asking for a sum.” The amount of one million or two million pounds sterling. I find it disrespectful and this news is completely false. The shirt is not for sale.
Maradona scored two goals against England on his way to leading his country to the world title by beating Germany 3-2 in the final match, the first with the help of his hand (the hand of God, as he describe Maradona), and the second after crossing half of the stadium eluding many players to score a great goal The International Federation (FIFA) chose him as the “goal of the century”.