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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Mathos hands over Maradona’s shirt in 1986 final

MADRID ( Associated Press) — The jersey that Diego Maradona wore to the 1986 World Cup final was returned to Argentina on Thursday, thanks to legendary German star Lothar Mathhaus.

Mathos, who exchanged jackets with Maradona in the final won by Argentina at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico, returned the remains at a ceremony held at the Argentine embassy in Madrid.

The shirt will be displayed at a new football museum in the Spanish capital.

“It was always an honor to play against him,” Mathos said of the late Maradona. “Because not only as a player, but as a human being, he has been a very important person. I am sad that I am alone here, but apparently he is not only in our hearts, but forever. Be present.”

Matthaus also mentioned that he exchanged shirts with Diaz after the 1990 World Cup final, which Germany won in Italy. He said the garment is in a museum in Germany.

The jacket that Maradona wore against England in the 1986 quarter-finals of Mexico, when he first scored the controversial “Hand of God” goal and then what is considered the best goal in World Cup history, in more was sold. At a Sotheby’s auction in May for $9 million. This was the highest amount ever paid at auction for a sports car.

Argentine soccer collector Marcelo Ordas unsuccessfully participated in the London auction, but later managed to persuade Mathos to donate his shirt.

Ordas praised the former midfielder’s “generosity”.

“He saw what had happened in London and he shed light on what it was like to be an Argentine fighting for a national heritage in England,” Ordas said.

Mathos said he preferred to donate the piece because “money can’t buy everything.”

“Diego Maradona has not only been a great football legend, we shared many years together, I played a lot against Maradona and eventually we grew a friendship,” he said.

The German received a plaque at the Argentine Embassy in recognition of his contribution to his football career and sporting values.

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