THE shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his Hand of God goal sold for £7.1million this week — but Peter Shilton, the goalie he cheated, says he wouldn’t even use it to clean his dishes.
England skipper Shilts, 72, said he’d have “ripped it into a thousand pieces” had he known it was in the dressing room after the 1986 World Cup quarter-final defeat.
Peter Shilton says he would have torn up Diego Maradona’s shirt if he had the chanceCredit: Paul Edwards
Maradona leapt up and punched the ball past Shilton in the 51st minute.
He then scored one of the greatest goals, beating five England players on the way, to send Argentina to a 2-1 win.
The shirt’s seller, midfielder Steve Hodge, 59, did not tell his team-mates he had swapped tops with the Argentine legend at the end of the match.
Shilts told The Sun: “I wouldn’t have swapped with Maradona for all the tea in China for what happened on the day.
“I wouldn’t even use it around the house, not even to clean the dishes in my bungalow.
“If myself and a few of the other players had known Hodgey had his shirt in the dressing room then it wouldn’t have made it out.
“In the heat of the game, it would have been ripped up into a thousand pieces — and I bet Hodgey is happy now we didn’t do that.
“He knew what he was doing when he didn’t tell us he had it.
Diego Maradona scored two goals against Shilton, one with his handCredit: Getty
“Looking back, I bet he is glad we didn’t find out.
“We were very angry, it’s just as well we didn’t. I’m just glad one Englishman has got something out of the game.”
The top fetched a record for a shirt worn during a sports match, beating the £4.4million paid for baseball star Babe Ruth’s 1928-30 New York Yankees jersey.
It has reportedly been bought by a group from Abu Dhabi, close to the people who pull the strings at Manchester City.
Shilton said that feels like the final bit of revenge and is glad it isn’t going back to Argentina.
He added: “We’ve had the last laugh. It’s poetic justice for being cheated out of that World Cup.
“It’s the best bit of business any footballer has ever done.
“None of us could have ever dreamed it would be worth that much.”
“I was captain on the day — it still hurts me now. All I was interested in was winning the World Cup, it never occurred to me to change shirts with Maradona, but looking at how much it has sold for, maybe I should have.
“Hodgey’s always got stick over the years; how could he think about changing shirts with him when he cheated.
“I’m pleased for him. He has got payback for us all.
“He’s made a huge amount of money from Maradona cheating against us. It’s a fortune for what was one of the hardest games of my career.”
Steve Hodge sold Maradona’s shirt for a staggering £7.1 millionCredit: BPM