Diego Maradona lost 1986 World Cup Golden Ball trophy found, to be auctioned in Paris

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Maradona Golden Ball to be auctioned at Paris
Maradona Golden Ball to be auctioned at Paris

Diego Maradona was awarded the Golden Ball at a ceremony on the Champs Elysees in 1986 The trophy was then lost within a short time.

A long lost Golden Ball awarded to Diego Maradona for his outstanding performance at 1986’s World Cup has been rediscovered and is set to be auctioned off at auction by Aguttes the renown auction house located in Paris next month. Maradona died in 2020 at the age 60, was the captain of Argentina in a 3-1 win against West Germany in the final which took place at Mexico City. His extraordinary performance at the World Cup included two unforgettable goals in the quarterfinals of the match against England – the debated “Hand of God” goal as well as his famous “Goal of the Century.”

How did Maradona lose the Golden Ball?

Diego Maradona lost 1986 World Cup Golden Ball trophy found
Diego Maradona lost 1986 World Cup Golden Ball trophy found

Maradona was awarded the Golden Ball at a ceremony on the Champs Elysees in 1986 however, the prize vanished shortly thereafter, giving way to many theories as to why it went missing. disappearance. Many speculated that Maradona had lost it during the course of a poker game, whereas others suggested that he had sold it to pay off his debts. A different rumor suggested that it was kept in the safe of a Naples bank safe that was later taken by local gangsters in 1989, when Maradona played in the Italian league Serie A.

Maradona Golden Ball to be auctioned at Paris

Aguttes However, Aguttes disproved the idea about the prize being cut down into gold pieces, pointing out that it was constructed of a copper-gold alloy. Auction house Aguttes confirmed the award was an original Adidas Golden Ball awarded to Maradona. The trophy was rediscovered in 2016 as an item from a personal collection, which was auctioned off in Paris. Aguttes has rigorously checked and authenticated the prize to assure its authenticity.

Francois Thierry, who is a sports expert at Aguttes has highlighted how important the 1986 World Cup, stating that it showed Maradona’s extraordinary talent, not just on his feet, but also his hands, referring towards the “Hand of God” goal. To be able to participate in the auction scheduled for the 6th of June, bidders will be required to make the security deposit amounting to 150,000 euros ($161,000). In light of the historic significance and the rarity of the trophy the auction is likely to garner a significant amount of interest from football and sports enthusiasts as well as collectors all over the world.

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