Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” T-shirt sold at auction for a record 8.4 million euros.

The T-shirt worn by Diego Maradona to score the controversial Hand of God goal in the 1986 World Cup was sold for a record price.

The £7.1m (€8.4m) fee is the highest price ever paid at auction for sports memorabilia.

The shirt was sold online at Sotheby’s on Wednesday and no buyer has been identified.

Marcelo Ordaz, an Argentine collector, told national television that his attempt to repatriate the shirt was “unfortunately” rejected by a “last-minute offer from the Middle East.”

Maradona scored two goals in a jersey during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match against England in Mexico City.

The first goal of the great Argentinean was officially recognized as a header, despite the fact that the ball clearly hit Maradona’s fist.

Afterwards, Maradona said that he was bludgeoned “a little by Maradona’s head and a little by the hand of God”.

His second goal of the game, voted “Goal of the Century” in the 2002 FIFA Poll, saw him beat almost the entire English team before beating goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Argentina won 2-1 and became world champions.

After the game, Maradona swapped jerseys with England midfielder Steve Hodge, who then loaned them to England’s National Football Museum in Manchester before they were put up for sale.

Maradona, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, died in November 2020 at the age of 60.

Bram Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and contemporary collectibles, said the shirt was “a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of sports, but also in the history of the 20th century.”