Top News Maradona Heirs Losses Bid To Stop Sale Of Golden Ball Trophy

Diego Maradona’s heirs lost a judicial effort in France on Thursday to prevent the sale of the Argentine football legend’s 1986 Mexico World Cup ‘Golden Ball’ trophy.

The trophy awarded to the tournament’s top player had been missing for decades until it was discovered by an antique dealer in Paris.

On June 6, the Aguttes auction house in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, will sell it.

The Maradona family claims that the trophy awarded to their father in November 1986 at the Lido Cabaret in Paris was taken during a bank heist three years later in Naples.

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On Thursday, a judge in Nanterre, near Paris, ruled that the heirs “did not present any criminal proceedings that would have been filed by the footballer during his lifetime”.

Proof of the existence of this theft cannot be based solely on press articles,” the court found.

Lawyers for Maradona’s family, who died in 2020 at the age of 60, said that the piece of memorabilia from the player’s spectacular career, which is expected to fetch millions, rightfully belonged to his five heirs.

They’re appealing Thursday’s judgement.

This concerns a trophy awarded to a football legend, it should go to Argentina,” Gilles Moreu of the Paradox law firm told AFP.

In 2022, Maradona’s Argentina shirt from the 1986 tournament sold for about $9.3 million, while the “Hand of God” ball from the quarterfinal against England sold for $2.4 million later that year.

Lawyers for the person who discovered the ‘Golden Ball’ and the auction business that is managing the sale claimed good faith.

Maximilien Aguttes, director of the auction house, stated that one of the “legends” surrounding the trophy was that Maradona forgot it at the Lido the night it was presented.

The antique dealer who acquired the trophy stated that he purchased it at an auction in 2016 “in a hardware lot” consisting of hundreds of trophies, the most of which had little worth.

A criminal complaint has also been lodged, the public prosecutor’s office told AFP.

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