The controversy is on the table. The debate is symbolic, but also a millionaire. English footballer Steve Hodge He decided the shirt he exchanged with Diego Armando Maradona is up for auction to the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup. Sotheby’sthe company in charge of organizing the race has assumed that the final figure will be impressive: they expect to receive between $ 5 million and nearly $ 8 million.
But a series of statements from Argentina put the sale in check: Dalma Maradonadaughter of TenAnd Claudia Villafanihis ex-wife, raised a hypothesis that it could drastically reduce prices. “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 jersey of the two goals, but he cannot say it because the other is much more precious, which is the one he does not have. There is one from the first half and one from the second. Nobody can verify that the change has existed, ”Dalma said in the program A perfect day from Radius meter. A few minutes later, Villafañe supported her daughter’s version of her: “It will be the word of this former player against our word. That match there were two shirts, a very rare shirt because there was no blue shirt. What this man has is the one from the first time, even if he wants to auction it, it’s a shame. I don’t think this player needs money unless he wants to auction it off to do a good deed. “
The discussion spanned the planet and the British organization once again insisted on the Hodge t-shirt will go to auction next April 20 is the second half. They warned to rely on a method called “Resolution Photomatching” which consists of comparing the details of the shirt with the photos of the match: “Match the shirt to both doors, examining unique details including patches, stripes and numbering”.
However, Claudia He insisted that the shirt is not that of the second half and warned: “Diego would never have allowed it”.
Given the emotion generated by the words of the Maradona family after learning about the auction, a spokesperson for the company in charge of the sale spoke to various British media to defend the publication. “Sure enough, Maradona wore a different jersey in the first half, but there are clear differences between that and the one he wore during goals.. Before putting this shirt on sale, we have done a lot of due diligence and scientific research on the object to make sure it was the shirt that Maradona wore in the second half for the two goals. He has been in the National Football Museum for 20 years, where countless people have seen him. There has never been a statement other than the jersey, “a rep said as retorted from the Daily mail.
The British media themselves assure it Sotheby’s one hired “Expert external company” to do the aforementioned “Resolution Photomatching” and that they found in that process “more final games” with which Maradona scored his two goals in the second half.
The auction house approach is associated with aa series of imperfections that has the shield of the shirt what Diego Armando Maradona is wearing against England. In the publication, the shirt is presented as “worn in the World Cup match” and refers to “The Hand of God” and the “Goal of the Century”.
Total, there are ten high quality photos of the current shirt that is put up for sale, but also accompany the posting other pictures comparing the details of the jacket they have in their possession with match day postcards. all together with a certified to give it authenticity.
“The final image comparison based on the frayed threads and imperfections of the seams on the front patch of the shirt. The comparisons analyzed led us to the conclusion that these characteristics are unique to this specific shirt. The alignment of the blue stripes with the personalized shield on the front of the shirt, the special numbers on the back and the details of the sleeves also confirm that they coincide with the images of Maradona in the second half.. These features were determined not to be unique and identical enough to be used for testing, but rather as a support for matching features. Note that the stripes on the mesh in some Maradona images appear reversed and distort the original sharpness. But we confirm that after an in-depth analysis the shirt corresponds to the images of the second half. More photos were used to achieve determination, ”says one of the excerpts from the certificate signed by John Robinson, who introduces himself as the founder and owner of Resolution Photomatching.
In addition to the enormous historical value that this shirt has, it should be noted that it is a truly unique model. Argentina already had a replacement jersey to play the World Cup in Mexico, but coach Carlos Bilardo did not like it and asked an AFA coach to go in search of a new format a few hours before the important match. against England. “Bilardo wanted“ perforated ”shirts, which have a kind of small holes, so that the players suffer less from the height, from the heat. The brand that wore Argentina had made the blue and the white, but had not been able to make the blue. It was short-sleeved, but it was winter. Bilardo said ‘this shirt is useless, it needs to be punctured’”He recalled years ago before the chain ESPN the AFA officer in charge of the crossing, Rubén Moschella.
“The second day I get two T-shirts rooster. I brought them to concentration by praying. Bilardo did not accept them, again. The next day we were playing … So it happens that Diego Maradona passes by and tells him ‘Look what Moschella brought. How about? Will this work for you? ‘ And Diego grabbed one and said “this is nice”, he recovered in that moment. “The AFA shield is the old one, it doesn’t have laurels. The numbers were supposed to be white but they had dark gray ones. If you look at us, they are shiny and gray football numbers “, he added. All these statements were also supported by film material that Maradona himself had shared on his social networks and where Jorge Burruchaga was heard talking about how Mexican employees embroidered it. shield and put the numbers on the canvas.
According to the former reigning world champion Oscar Ruggeri years ago, very few copies of that shirt exist as they were made exclusively for that match: “It was 12 pm and the girls who fed us were hitting the numbers with the iron. Putting those shiny gray numbers on it. There are 40 shirts out there and most of the players don’t have them“.
One of the special editions fell into the hands of the English footballer Steve Hodge the same Sunday, June 22, 1986. The debate is centered on whether that shirt is from the first half or the second, when Diego scored two of the most emblematic goals of the World Cup.
Hodge, who wore the colors of Aston Villa, Tottenham and Leeds among others during his professional career, has given up on jacket for two decades to be exhibited at the National Football Museum from Manchester. He also published an autobiography called “The Man With Maradona’s Shirt”. And today he intends to receive a millionaire sum for his relic …