Maradona ‘Hand Of God’ Ball Sold For Ksh. 292 Million

The ball that Diego Maradona punched in for his “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup has been auctioned off for nearly $2.4 million by the referee who missed football’s most famous handball.

Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian former match official who officiated the quarterfinal game between Argentina and England in Mexico, owned the 36-year-old Adidas ball that sold for £2m ($2.37m) on Wednesday at Graham Budd Auctions in London.

Before the auction, Bin Nasser stated that he felt it was the right time to share the item with the world and expressed hope that the buyer would put it on public display.

Before the auction, Bin Nasser stated that he felt it was the right time to share the item with the world and expressed hope that the buyer would put it on public display.

The goal by Maradona, which gave Argentina a 1-0 lead against England but should not have been allowed, has become part of football legend.

Maradona attempted to head the ball, but instead punched it past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Afterward, Maradona joked that it was scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God,” giving rise to the iconic name.