The differences between the two shirts that Maradona wore against England and the latest message from Dalma that generates new hypotheses

The two shirts Maradona wore against England (Photo: Jean-Yves Ruszniewski / Corbis / VCG via Getty Images)
The two shirts Maradona wore against England (Photo: Jean-Yves Ruszniewski / Corbis / VCG via Getty Images)

The controversy broke out on both sides of the ocean. The debate is symbolic, but also a millionaire. Two jerseys from a single, exclusive edition, but one of these has a greater historical weight because it marked the World Cup forever. The Argentine team used a replacement jersey model on Sunday 22 June 1986 to face England in the quarter-finals. By order of coach Carlos Bilardo, bought a set of emergency shirts in Mexico it should have been embroidered by the employees of the farm where it was concentrated albiceleste. Only that is estimated there were two shirts per playerhence the combination of specimens it would only come in at around 40 According to the statements of some protagonists of the event.

The center of the lights is placed on the two Maradona wore that day. A shirt in the first half and another in the second, when he scored the two most significant goals in World Cup history. A million dollar auction to be held in Great Britain has opened the debate: Former English footballer Steve Hodges has put up for sale the model that the Ten Was he inserted in the first half or in the second?

The company in charge of organizing the race claims to have used a method called “Resolution Photomatching” – which consists of comparing the images of that match with those of the jersey on sale – and he insists that the shirt in question is that of the second half. The family of Tenled by his daughter Dalma Maradona and his ex-wife Claudia Villafañe, They claim that the jacket to be auctioned is that of the first half.

The questions might have been a simple detail, but the world of collectors has been revolutionized by the crossing of versions. Sotheby’s – known auction house founded in the mid-1700s – hopes that the economic dispute over the shirt that will begin next Wednesday, April 20, will end in a sum that they range between 5 million and nearly 8 million dollarsscoring an all-time record for articles of this type.

The peculiarity of the case is that the t-shirts they were only used for this match because they were bought urgently in Mexico. At the same time, both the placement of numbers such as the embroidery of the shield has not undergone a process of industrialization and it was handmade by employees the day before, as was also shown in a video that Maradona himself shared years ago on social networks.

So they put together the jerseys of Argentina to face England in the World 86

That said, each sweater has its own identity as a result of this manual work. Although the auction house has questioned its arguments, they have also expressed themselves on the part of the Maradona family. Beyond the radio statements made at the time by Claudia and Dalma making sure Steve Hodge is lying, the daughter of Fluff He used his social networks before the controversy grew: “Anyone with half a brain knows that my father would never have given that shirt to anyone. For something he gave it to him in the locker room and not on the pitch. I also understand that this person was built on that big lie. Calm down, what you have is precious all the same“.

After a photo of his mother wearing the Argentina bench shirt years ago went viral and comparisons were made with the one worn by Diego against England, Dalma suggested on his social media that the shirt he was talking about was not seen in public and opened a new hypothesis of the topic: “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 “.

The photo of Claudia Villafañe that has been circulating in the last few hours and aroused Dalma's anger
The photo of Claudia Villafañe that has been circulating in the last few hours and aroused Dalma’s anger

At the same time, a video of a visit made by the program was repositioned Against which was issued by Phone where Villafañe showed a shirt he had in his possession at the time, indicating it as that of the second half: “This is a recovery, which is the one with the famous goal, that of the English”.

However, it is not a material that allows for detailed analysis of the details as it is only shown for a few seconds. Broadly speaking, the shield does not appear to be similar to the one worn by Claudia in an Argentina match in 2009. Also, the number on the back appears to be different, but this opens up the range for multiple conjectures: is it a camera effect? Has the number on that shirt changed? Does the private museum of the Maradona family have more than one copy of that model?

The Maradona museum: the day Claudia showed the shirt Diego wore against England in a note two decades ago

Raul Moschellathe AFA employee in charge of looking for the shirts at the last minute in Mexico so that employees could reform them, broke the silence in the last few hours by talking to Radio The Network and recalled when he bought the latest shirts available from a local clothing house: “That would be 40 shirts, that’s the truth. I don’t add anything “. It was like this: I bought the 40 shirts because the goalkeepers already had them. You had to put a number and the shield. The people of America gave me those brilliant numbers. We did not have the shields and the son of the Argentine football fan director brought them: they were the old shields that do not have the laurel“, He assured what happened with the jerseys of that team which was made up of 19 players on the pitch. In other words, there were two available per player and there would be two more left. There were more than two games for the Ten?

“I don’t remember how much I paid them. At that time there was $ 300 for two games, that would be a lot, but I don’t remember. I don’t know if it was the first half or the second, I didn’t go to the locker room. Everyone changed their shirts in the first half at the end, but he wasn’t in the locker room. There were two games, if they changed it I don’t know. I’m talking about changing the one in the first half, which is sweaty, the man on the scene gives him the other to enter the second. I don’t know if he changed it there, I’m not in the interval, “Moschella said.

Dalma Maradona's message to refer to the photo that circulated
Dalma Maradona’s message to refer to the photo that circulated

The auction company argues its position from the “Resolution Photomatching” process where, as they have assured, they have displayed differences in versions in the “front patch” but also the “Alignment of the blue stripes with the personalized shield” Y “The special numbers on the back and the details on the sleeves“.

“The final comparison of the images 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 on 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”They clarified in a certificate of authenticity signed by John Robinson, who introduces himself as the founder and owner of“ Resolution Photomatching ”.

In the post you made to announce the sale, the auction house Sotheby’s shared several high-quality photos of the shirt they have in their possession and a series of comparisons between the shield on the shirt they have and alleged second-half postcards. However, so far there have been no samples to differentiate the alignment of the stripes or the numbers on the back that were marked on the certificate.

although the the blue shirt has two slightly different shades of the same color, in the shots of that game, it must be taken into account that the shades of blue can be modified by how the light reflects on the fabric, by sweat or by the creases due to the movements of Maradona’s body when the photograph was taken. Doubts are still in the air and the debate remains open as both positions support their arguments. A subtle, but millionaire difference: in the second half he scored two of the most important goals in history.

THE DETAILS IN THE SHIELDS

Bottom left, the halftime crest has a slight black detail on a yellow background (Photo: Jean-Yves Ruszniewski / Corbis / VCG via Getty Images)
Bottom left, the halftime crest has a slight black detail on a yellow background (Photo: Jean-Yves Ruszniewski / Corbis / VCG via Getty Images)
A slight yellow irregular border appears at the top of the shield.  The auction company also marks a small black detail on the top right margin and another yellow on the bottom margin (Photo: Mike King / Allsport / Getty Images)
A slight yellow irregular border appears at the top of the shield. The auction company also marks a small black detail on the top right margin and another yellow on the bottom margin (Photo: Mike King / Allsport / Getty Images)
The comparative images that the bookmaker has uploaded
The comparative images that the bookmaker has uploaded
The arguments shared by the auction house
The arguments shared by the auction house
The close-up of the shield that has the shirt that will be auctioned
The close-up of the shield that has the shirt that will be auctioned
The shirt that Steve Hodge is auctioning in the UK
The shirt that Steve Hodge is auctioning in the UK

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