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11 May, 22:00

Diego Maradona's "Golden Ball" is planned to be sold at an auction in Paris

Diego Maradona's "Golden Ball" is planned to be sold at an auction in Paris
Diego Maradona's Golden Ball from the 1986 World Cup is considered one of the most mysterious sports trophies. Over the decades, he appeared and disappeared again. Now it is planned to be exhibited on June 6 in Paris.

This honorary award is considered to be the last memorabilia of the outstanding football player that appeared on the market of such artifacts.

The story of the mysterious disappearance of this trophy has many versions. According to one, the ball could have been lost during a game of poker or used to pay off debts. There were also rumors about a connection with the mafia. However, despite numerous theories, the actual whereabouts of the ball remained uncertain.
Maradona controls the ball during the 1986 World Cup final
Maradona controls the ball during the 1986 World Cup final
Francois Thierry, a representative of the Aguttes auction house in Paris, said that the Ballon d'Or had been in their archives for a year, but its route since 1986 remained unknown. Even the new owner, who bought the ball at an auction in 2016, didn't realize at first that it was such a valuable thing. Despite attempts to contact Maradona himself and FIFA, the new owner of the ball was unsuccessful.

In 2022, Maradona's shirt from the 1986 tournament sold for almost $9.3 million, and the "Hand of God" ball from the quarter-final against England went under the hammer later that year for $2.4 million.

“We expect to get millions again, but we don't know exactly how much. Because there is no such trophy in the world... This is a unique opportunity for a potential buyer," said Francois Thierry, an expert at the Aguttes auction house.

The sports award, once presented to the most outstanding player in world football, is now an object of admiration for those who seek not only sporting value, but also those interested in the mysteries of the past.

Source: edition.cnn.com

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