Steve Hodge will not sell Diego Maradona’s Hand Of God shirt – even with it worth £1m

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Former England footballer Steve Hodge said he will not flog Diego Maradona’s Hand Of God shirt – even though it is worth £1million following the football legend’s death.

The ex-Three Lions’ midfielder sliced the ball into the Argentinian superstar’s path so he could punch it into the net for the notorious first goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in Mexico.

Maradona added a wonder goal to dumped England out of the tournament.

Afterwards Hodge sought out the No.10 shirt Diego wore that day – which he has lent to the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Following Maradona’s death from a heart attack last week it is now estimated to be worth more than £1m.

But Hodge, 58, said it is “not for sale”.

It was the 1986 World Cup quarter-final where Maradona performed the ‘Hand of God’

He said: “There has been a bit of flak flying around that I am wanting a million or two million and I am hawking it around for money.

“I just find it totally wrong and disrespectful. It is not for sale.

“I have had it for 34 years now and I have never once tried to sell it or hawk it, and definitely not at the moment.

“I like having it. For me it has incredible sentimental value because it was the pinnacle of my career at 23.

“The national anthems at the Azteca Stadium in front of 118,000 people gave me goosebumps. For me it is sentimental.

Maradona’s death was mourned across the world

“If you want to go and see it, it is in Manchester at the National Football Museum. It has been under their guardianship for the last 20 years.”

In his autobiography The Man With Maradona’s Shirt Hodge told how he came to own his controversial opponent’s top.

He wrote: “After the game I just thought `that’s the end of it’ and decided I’d try and get Maradona’s shirt.

“I saw him coming and tug on my shirt and he took his off and swapped with me. It was as simple as that and over in 10 seconds.

“I’ve no idea if he kept my shirt or not. I have no hatred towards him. I blame the linesman for not spotting the handball.”

Ex-England footballer Steve Hodge holding the famous No.10 shirt

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However Hodge’s England team-mates have not been so forgiving.

Goalkeeper Peter Shilton, 71, said he had refused to meet up with Maradona before his death because he had refused to apologise.

And left-back Kenny Sansom, 62, recalled: “Certain words were said in the dressing room.

“It was an angry place to be because we felt we’d been cheated, could have got to the final and maybe won it.

“People like Ray Wilkins – who was one of the nicest men you could meet – was going berserk at the FA people saying we should get the game replayed.

Diego Maradona will be honoured by Premier League clubs and the BBC this weekend
Tributes have been by millions since Diego Maradona’s death

“Some of us had a go at Steve Hodge asking why he wanted Maradona’s shirt when he was a cheat.

“But I’ve since heard what it’s worth and now we all wish we’d got it!”

Former midfielder Peter Reid, 64, said Hodge showed him the shirt when they got back to the team hotel.

“So not only has Maradona battered me and handled one in I’ve got Hodge showing me his shirt,” said Reid.

“Suffice to say I wasn’t best pleased and I gave Hodgy the biggest b******ing he’s ever had in his life.

“But they say it’s worth a few quid so maybe he had the last laugh.”

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