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Maradona’s ‘stolen’ World Cup Golden Ball to be auctioned in Paris

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Diego Maradona’s Golden Ball, which he won for being named the best player at the 1986 World Cup, disappeared but has been found now.

Diego Maradona’s Golden Ball earned for being named the best player at the 1986 World Cup, vanished before resurfacing recently.

The Aguttes auction house reported, the ball, once ‘stolen’, has reappeared and will be the first Golden Ball to go for auction. While the value is still to be confirmed, experts anticipate it will fetch millions.

When the ball disappeared, it sparked hundreds of rumors. Some claimed it was lost during a wild poker game, or that Maradona himself sold it to pay off debts. Others suggested local gangsters robbed the Naples bank where the football legend had stored it in a safe in 1989.

French newspaper L’Equipe recently reported the trophy resurfaced among several trophy lots in an auction room. Aguttes then authenticated it as Maradona’s World Cup Golden Ball trophy.

The 1986 World Cup is best remembered as Maradona’s World Cup‘, where he captained Argentina. In the final, Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 in Mexico City. However, the tournament is etched in history due to the quarter-final match between Argentina and England.

Maradona punched the first goal of the match into the net with a raised fist, which he later described as the Hand of God goal. Later, he scored the Goal of the Century by dribbling past five English outfield players.

Both the jersey he wore that day and the ball from the match have previously been sold at auction. For this Golden Ball auction, potential bidders must deposit 150,000 euros to participate.

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