The ball with which Diego Maradona scored two of the most famous goals in football history is going up for auction.

The ball used in the famous 1986 World Cup quarter-final between England and Argentina has an estimated price of £2.5m to £3m.

It is sold by Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian referee who allowed Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal during the match.

Bin Nasser said: “This ball is part of football history, it is the right time to share it with the world.”

The ball was used for the full 90 minutes of the match, which remains one of the most defining and controversial fixtures in World Cup history.

Maradona scored the first goal by punching the ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Bin Nasser did not see the handball and allowed the goal to stand, with the player later describing it as “a bit with the head of Maradona and a bit with the hand of God”.

Maradona’s second goal of the match is known as the ‘goal of the century’, in which he dribbled past five England outfield players and past Shilton.

Argentina went on to win the match 2-1 and eventually won the World Cup in Mexico.

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