The day Diego Maradona provided an unknown fact about the special shirts they wore against England in the 1986 World Cup

The publication created by Diego Armando Maradona in 2016
The publication created by Diego Armando Maradona in 2016

The controversy is latent and the debate around the millionaire jersey it has exploded in the last few days. former English footballer Steve Hodge decided to sell the shirt he had exchanged with Diego Armando Maradona at the 1986 World Cup and the auction house in charge of the transaction hopes to obtain a more than 5 million dollars, which would be a real record for a relic of this type. however, the family of Ten ensures that this clothing is not what the legendary player used in the second half and notices that Hodge is lying.

While the media dispute inflames both sides, with different arguments from the parties involved in the event, a publication Diego Maradona on his social networks in 2016 brings unknown information to the table that triggers more questions.

In that post, the Fluff he reviewed how the jerseys were made urgently to face England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup but put an unknown fact on the table: they tried different ways of putting the shield and the numbers, rejecting in the first place a model that did not convince them. Finally, the jerseys that were used were with the “old” AFA insignia that did not have the typical laurels and the numbers affixed to them were those provided by the authorities of the Club América of Mexico, shiny and similar to those of American football.

“Some tests have been done. The first version had an Argentine rubber shield. Yes, it was rubber, glued to the shirt and with white numbers on the back. But in the end we decided on a shield cooked just like that, with four points. And with some silver soccer numbers on the back. Crazy, but that was what there was … ”, he signed the Ten then also sharing a photo of the front of that shirt with the “rubber shield” where you can see the clear difference between the one they eventually wore against England.

The difference between the embroidered shield t-shirt and the rubber shield
The difference between the embroidered shield t-shirt and the rubber shield

The ongoing controversy centers on the fact that Maradona’s family, in the voice of his daughter Dalma and ex-wife Claudia Villafañe, ensures that the second half shirt is not in the hands of Steve Hodge and is not the one that will be auctioned by the house Sotheby’scompany linked to this theme founded in the mid-1700s.

You have no way of verifying it’s the second half. He is lying! I will explain to you. He (for Hodge) does not have the shirt with the two goals but he cannot say it because the other one is much more precious than the one he does not have.. There is one from the first half and one from the second. No one can verify that the change existed. Anyone who knows my father for just a minute, for a second, knows that he didn’t give that shirt to anyone. ” Dalma Maradona said in the program A perfect day from Radius meter where his mother also spoke in support of his statements.

Hodge has always ensured that what he had in his possession is that of the second half, when Maradona scored the two most remembered goals of the World Cup called The goal of the century Y The hand of God. He also wrote an autobiography called “The man with the Maradona shirt” (The man with Maradona’s shirt). Although for now the former Aston Villa, Tottenham and Leeds remain silent, the company in charge of the sale has made a disclaimer to justify that the will be auctioned between April 20 and May 4 It is with whom he scored the two goals.

“Indeed, Maradona wore a different shirt in the first half, but there are clear differences between it and the one he wore during goals. Before putting this shirt on sale, we did a great deal of due diligence and scientific research on the item to make sure it was the shirt Maradona wore in the second half for the two goals.. It has been in the National Football Museum for 20 years, where countless people have seen it. There has never been a statement other than the shirt, “a spokesperson for the company told the British newspaper. Daily mail.

In addition to lean on The declarations of Maradona in the book So we won the cupthey ensured that they used a method called “Resolution Photomatching” which helped them to compare the one in their possession with the two used by the Argentine captain between the first and second half of that match: there they found coincidences in the “Front patch”, “the alignment of the blue stripes with the personalized shield”, “the special numbers on the back” and “details on the sleeves” between that of the complement and the one that will be auctioned.

The auction house ensures that the scudetto that has the shirt that will be on sale coincides with the shirt that Diego wore in the second half
The auction house ensures that the scudetto that has the shirt that will be on sale coincides with the shirt that Diego wore in the second half

Amid all this climate of debate, Dalma opened up a new theory in the last few hours after many fans assured that the family had a halftime one based on a photo of Claudia Villafañe that went viral in the stands of an Argentina national team match. in 2009 where he posed with a shirt that seemed to be the one used in the first half. “What do you know who has the shirt? What do you know if the shirt in question is the one in my mother’s photo? I am very angry because nothing is even consulted, it is stated directly! And then let’s see “signed on their networks.

Were there more than two shirts made per player in that game in 1986? Does the private museum that the family has has more than one version of the jersey worn by Maradona in 1986?

The photo referred to by Dalma Maradona
The photo referred to by Dalma Maradona

The truth is that this The 2016 publication of Maradona comes to confirm at least the hypothesis that there were more than two shirts per player although it was initially said that there were only two. Rubén Moschella, the AFA employee tasked with buying jackets at the last minute in a clothing store in Mexico, spoke to Radio The Network during the last hours e he warned that “there would be 40” the shirts he had bought. In total there were 19 players on the field so with two for each the sum would rise to 38 and – at least – two would remain out. Infobae tried to contact Moschella to clarify this issue but received no response.

The official story always told the story that the women of Club América embroidered the badges on the two jerseys that were made for each player of the Argentine team at the last minute. However, what Diego published six years ago suggests that there was at least one different test jersey. “Before arriving in Mexico, the team had changed the design of the garments several times. We use different models in the qualifiers, with crew neck, V-neck, with wider or narrower stripes. We also use other models for pre-world friendlies. In training, at Club América, we also wore different shirts every day. White, blue, red, light blue. And even the socks and shorts were always different”, He expressed in that post.

It is true that this detail would have been just a pearl of the story. For several decades, the debate over where the brace was against England did not exist. Hodge always claimed to have swapped shirts with Diego in the second half and there has not been a great discussion on the subject, despite the fact that decades ago in an interview with the program Against Claudia showed the museum and pulled out a t-shirt that she called the one “with the famous goal” that she made “for the British”.

Today the questions on this topic are symbolic, historical, but also millionaires: that of the second half, hypothesize in the auction house, could be worth between 5 and 8 million dollars. Is the first time?

The second half shirt with which Diego Maradona scored two of the most important goals in football history (Photo: Reuters)
The second half shirt with which Diego Maradona scored two of the most important goals in football history (Photo: Reuters)

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