The shirt worn by the Argentinian when he controversially punched the ball into England’s net at the 1986 World Cup, sold for £7.1 million.
Now a number 10 shirt worn by Maradona during a very famous season in Italian football will be seen – and worn – by supporters in the Fans Museum in Monkwearmouth.
“Unfashionable” Napoli won Serie A for the first time in 1986-87 with Maradona given most of the credit. A home shirt worn by him then is now owned by museum founder Michael Ganley. It was recently on show, but days after the historic auction it can be seen again.
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Footy fans can, very carefully, put on the shirt and take pictures. The museum, which is run by volunteers, politely requests a small donation in exchange.
Michael said: “I’ve not really put financial value to the collection, the reason being that I just want to make it accessible to anyone who walks in here, if they haven’t got a penny in their pocket or a billion pounds, they’re treated with the same respect.
“We’re the only museum in the world that does this; and it’s in Sunderland. Where else could you come to try on a Maradona shirt? We’ve just seen one go for £7.1 million.
“I’ve been collecting for 35 years. Maradona’s shirt came from a big dealer five or six years ago.
“We’re going to make a slide show of all the kids to wear the shirt. I’ve spoken to a curator who can’t comprehend that we still allow people to wear these shirts. It gives me pleasure to own them, but a bigger pleasure to share them.
“People think it’s crackers putting Maradona’s shirt next to Milton Nunez’s. But that’s what I love.”
Maradona, who died in 2020 aged 60, was one of, if not the greatest footballer of all time. Milton Nunez – wasn’t.
Michael declined to say how much the shirt cost. Asked if he would ever sell it, he answered: “If there were other factors, then maybe so. But as it stands, no.”
The shirt will be displayed between Tuesday, May 10 and Saturday, May 14.