The Legacy of Diego Maradona’s Golden Ball Trophy

The iconic Golden Ball trophy awarded to Diego Maradona for being named the best player at the 1986 World Cup is set to be auctioned in France on June 6. This highly coveted piece of football history is the first of its kind to go up for auction, and experts at the Aguttes auction house anticipate that it will fetch a staggering sum, potentially reaching millions of dollars.

Maradona’s incredible performance in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico solidified his place as one of the greatest footballers of all time. Leading Argentina to victory in the tournament, Maradona scored five goals and captained his country with unmatched skill and tenacity. His unforgettable goals against England in the quarterfinals, including the infamous “Hand of God” goal and the stunning “Goal of the Century,” mesmerized fans around the world and cemented his legacy in football history.

Despite the significance of Maradona’s Golden Ball trophy, reports surfaced that it had been stolen at one point. However, the trophy has since resurfaced among various trophy lots in an auction room and was eventually entrusted to Aguttes for authentication. After a thorough investigation into its provenance, the auction house confirmed that the Adidas Golden Ball trophy indeed belonged to the legendary footballer, Diego Maradona.

The Golden Ball award, introduced at the 1982 World Cup, has been won by some of the most legendary footballers in history, including Paolo Rossi, Romario, Ronaldo, and Zinedine Zidane. Notably, Lionel Messi is the only player to have claimed the accolade twice, showcasing the elite company that Maradona belongs to as a recipient of this prestigious award. The upcoming auction of Maradona’s Golden Ball trophy serves as a tribute to his unparalleled talents and enduring legacy in the world of football.


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