January 28, 2023



Followers at World Cup pay homage to Maradona with shirts, chants

Javier Maluf will quietly placed on a shirt worn by Diego Maradona towards England, however different followers on the World Cup have extra noisy plans for Friday’s second anniversary of the dying of the flawed genius.

Argentina’s legion of supporters may be praying to the sporting gods that the late soccer nice can nonetheless encourage his nation to victory over Mexico on Saturday to maintain their hopes in Qatar alive.

Maluf is like many Argentina followers who’ve by no means totally recovered from Maradona’s dying from a coronary heart assault on the age of 60.

The shirt that Maradona wore throughout a sport towards England at Wembley in 1980 is the prized merchandise in Maluf’s assortment of 1 000 game-worn soccer jerseys that he estimates is price $1 million.

“I’ll put it on for some time as an indication of respect,” he informed AFP at his Doha residence, the place the shirts and different souvenirs are saved.

“Everyone knows his story however everyone knows his affect on the sport.”

A revered memorabilia sleuth, Maluf, 56, additionally has a blood-stained Argentina shirt worn by Mario Kempes in a 1978 World Cup sport towards France.

That’s folded close to a River Plate shirt worn in 1931 by Carlos Peucelle, who performed within the first World Cup a 12 months earlier.

Memorabilia is now massive enterprise, with Maradona gadgets a lot wanted.
In Might, a shirt worn by the Argentina ahead when he scored his notorious 1986 World Cup “Hand of God” purpose towards England bought at public sale for $9.3 million.

The ball that he fisted into the England internet bought this month for £2 million ($2.4 million).

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The shirt is on show on the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports activities Museum through the World Cup however Maluf is amongst followers who consider that it belongs in Argentina.

“It will be good if it goes to Argentina in the future, so that every one the general public can see it and really feel the significance,” he stated.

Greater than 30 000 Argentina followers are in Qatar for this 12 months’s event and whereas many worship present quantity 10 Lionel Messi, Maradona’s identify nonetheless carries an nearly mystical drive.