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Maradona's 1986 World Cup Golden Ball found, set for Paris auction

14. May 2024
Diego Armando Maradona (foto: Getty Images)
The legendary Diego Maradona received the Golden Ball for being the best player at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

However, the award was lost for several decades, sparking numerous theories. Some believe Maradona lost it in a poker game, others think he sold it to pay off debts, and there’s also a theory of theft.   

The theft theory has gained traction due to a bank robbery in Naples in 1989. At the time, Maradona was playing in Italy and allegedly kept valuables in that bank. 

Now, the Golden Ball has resurfaced. It is slated to be auctioned in Paris next month, which will undoubtedly attract significant interest from football memorabilia collectors. However, the Maradona family is complicating matters.   

They claim that the award was stolen and insist it should be returned to them. Their lawyer has announced plans to initiate legal proceedings.   

The current owner argues that he acquired this piece of football history as part of a package deal at an auction in France in 2016.

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