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07th May 2022

Peter Shilton wants you to know he still loathes Diego Maradona

Reuben Pinder

Peter Shilton

Get over it, Shilts

Peter Shilton was a six-foot-zip goalkeeper that was as handy a shot-stopper that came, back in his heyday. How five-foot-five Diego Maradona out-jumped him, in Mexico, we are still scratching out heads about.

Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup quarter-final shirt, that he wore when he scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England, sold for £7.1m at an auction this week.

The shirt, whose value obviously derives from the two iconic goals Maradona scored that day, was previously in the possession of England’s Steve Hodge, who had loaned it toManchester’s National Football Museum for two decades.

But not every Englishman has processed the controversial goal that happened 36 years ago. Notably, England’s goalkeeper that day, Peter Shilton, still holds a grudge over the now deceased footballing genius.

Speaking to The Sun, because of course, Shilton explained that rather than paying such an astronomical fee for the jersey, he would have other plans of what to do with it.

“I wouldn’t have swapped with Maradona for all the tea in China for what happened on the day,” he told the newspaper.

“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.”

On the subject of grown men who still haven’t gotten over the Hand of God, it only feels appropriate to bring up this iconic talkSPORT call that takes one hell of a turn, very quickly. Enjoy.

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