After the match between England and Argentina of the World Cup in Mexico 86, Steve Hodge He requested Maradona swap their shirts. Since then he has had in his possession the elastic band of the ‘hand of God’, one of the crucial coveted on the earth, however he has by no means weighed in promoting it, although its worth might be round 1,000,000 {dollars}.

“I modified it on the finish of the sport and so they have criticized me lots for that. Some teammates even obtained mad at me for it”Hodge confesses in an interview for the BBC. “That match won’t ever be forgotten in soccer historical past. The reality is, I by no means blamed him for his hand objective. Maradona was a rare participant. He was as courageous as a lion. He used to get kicked all over the place he performed.”

Maradona’s demise triggered numerous telephone calls to Hodge. The provides for the shirt of the Argentine genius that he owns not solely didn’t cease, however they had been rising. However the English has no intention of eliminating it. “I’ve owned this shirt for 34 years and by no means tried to promote it. It has unimaginable sentimental worth.”, explains the previous footballer.

It’s exactly that sentimental worth that Hodge speaks of that makes the scenario one thing that he would have most well-liked to not must dwell with. “It was uncomfortable and ugly. I’ve seen articles on the Web saying that I need 1,000,000 or two and that could be a lie. I believe it’s disrespectful and completely mistaken. Its not on the market. To be clear”.