How Terry Fenwick missed out on making more than eight million euros from Maradona's shirt


The 1986 World Cup went down in history for two plays, both of which took place in the quarter-final between England and Argentina.

It was the two Diego Maradona goals, one known as the ‘hand of God’ and the other one as ‘the goal of the century’.

The Three Lions were eliminated at the hands of Argentina and their defender Terry Fenwick missed out on a huge opportunity to make more than eight million euros.

Fenwick refused to swap shirts with Maradona, whose jersey would break an auction record last month, when it was sold for as much as 8.4 million euros.

In his book ‘The Story of the Seven Million Pound Shirt’, the former Tottenham player tells the story on why he turned down Maradona‘s offer to exchange shirts after the game.

“I was obviously very emotional at the time over the ‘Hand of God’,” Fenwick told The Sun.

“There was about five minutes between an obvious handball – and the goal that everyone is now calling the best ever at the World Cup.

“We were in shock. Check the TV footage of the second goal, we were all over the place – team structure and formation just non-existent. We were still reeling.

Maradona turned to me after the game to exchange shirts but I was in bits, so upset and demoralised. We were out of the World Cup because of a handball.

“I was the only one to chase the referee back to the halfway line disputing the goal.

“But then I turned away sharply when the referee reached into his pocket because I thought that could be a red card coming.”



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