Diego Maradona’s jersey from the England sport is on show at Manchesters National Football Museum.© AFP
Former England midfielder Steve Hodge has insisted the shirt worn by Diego Maradona in scoring two iconic targets in opposition to the Three Lions within the 1986 World Cup quarter-final is just not on the market. Hodge swapped shirts with Maradona, who died final week on the age of 60, on the finish of the match through which the Argentine legend punched house what turned generally known as the “Hand of God” objective after which ran from inside his personal half to attain a shocking second as Argentina received 2-1.
The shirt is now on show on the National Football Museum in Manchester.
Hodge mentioned he had been inundated with enquiries over the shirt in latest days and dispelled rumours he was on the lookout for a seven-figure sum to promote it.
“I have had it for 34 years and have never once tried to sell it,” Hodge, 58, instructed the BBC. “I like having it. It has incredible sentimental value.”
“I’ve had people knocking on my door non-stop and the phone’s constantly ringing from every TV and radio station, and even foreign stations.
“It has been uncomfortable and it hasn’t been good. I’ve seen articles on the web and there was a little bit of flak flying round saying I needed one million or two million and am hawking it round for cash.”
“I discover it disrespectful and completely flawed. It’s not on the market. I’m not making an attempt to promote it.”
Hodge paid tribute to the “genius” of one of the greatest players the game has ever seen and said he never blamed Maradona for taking the chance of scoring with his hand.
“I’ve to say I’ve by no means as soon as blamed him for the handball. Not as soon as,” he added. “It was out of order however individuals who play soccer know that you simply strive issues once in a while.”
“From each nook of the globe he was revered and other people appreciated the genius he had. That sport won’t ever be forgotten within the historical past of soccer.”
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