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Diego Maradona’s £4million football shirt isn’t the one he wore for his ‘Hand of God’ goal, says daughter

Diego Maradona’s football shirt, which is expected to fetch £4million at auction, is not the one he wore for his ‘Hand of God’ goal, his daughter claims.

Former England midfielder Steve Hodge is selling the Argentinian legend’s top, which he was given as a gift after the 1986 World Cup game.

Former England midfielder Steve Hodge is selling the Argentinian legend's top - with an expected asking price of £4million

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Former England midfielder Steve Hodge is selling the Argentinian legend’s top – with an expected asking price of £4millionCredit: BPM
The Hand of God goal as Maradona punches the ball past England keeper Peter Shilton

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The Hand of God goal as Maradona punches the ball past England keeper Peter ShiltonCredit: Rex Features

But Maradona’s eldest daughter Dalma, 35, said the shirt was only worn in the first half – and not when her father famously pushed the ball past goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Dalma, alongside her father, said: “This ex-England player thinks he has my father’s shirt for the second half but there is a confusion. He got the first half up.

“I wanted to explain that to people so anyone who wants to buy it would know the truth.”

When asked who has the upper hand in the second half in which Maradona scored two goals, she said: ‘I know who it is but I won’t say.

“All I can say is that what is being auctioned off is not what my father scored with.”

However, Sotheby’s, which is auctioning the shirt, claims it hired experts to prove it was the right one.

A spokeswoman said: “Maradona may have worn a different kit in the first half but there are clear differences between this and what was worn during the goals.

“Before putting this shirt up for sale, we carefully reviewed the item and did scientific research to ensure it is the shirt Maradona wore in the second half.”

At the end of the game in Mexico, the Argentine winner traded shirts with Hodge, whose unpredictable lob he potted after leapfrogging Shilton.

The ex-Forest and Spurs star, now 59, said it was a “privilege” to play against him. Maradona died in 2020 at the age of 60.

The call for applications is open from April 20th to May 4th.

The late legend, pictured with his daughter Dalma, who claims the shirt sold is not the one worn when her father scored the infamous'Hand of God' goal

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The late legend, pictured with his daughter Dalma, who claims the shirt sold is not the one worn when her father scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goalPhoto credit: AFP-Getty

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