Thirty-six years later Diego Maradona helped Argentina beat Germany to lift the World Cup title in Mexico City, the shirt he wore in the match returned to his homeland.
Germany’s Lothar Matthaeus, who swapped shirts with Maradona, gave the shirt to the Argentine embassy in Madrid in August and it was handed over to the country’s football association (AFA) by collector Marcelo Ordas on Wednesday. Private.
“I want to thank you, Marcelo, for bringing us this armor. An important armor for all Argentine football. This shirt allowed us to hug each other as we won the Mexican championship,” AFA president Claudio Tapia said in a statement.
“The value of this has huge implications for our country and our history.”
Maradona set up Jorge Burruchaga to win the 1986 final at the Azteca Stadium as Argentina won 3-2 to claim their second World Cup title.
Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt, the shirt he wore when he scored two of the most famous goals in football history against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, sold for a then record price. was £7.14 million ($8.01 million) at an auction in May.
That shirt is on loan to the Sports Museum in Qatar, which is hosting this year’s World Cup that starts on November 20.
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