Diego Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. But before the Argentine legend made World Cup fame, he led the Argentine Juniors team to the 1979 World Youth Cup.
Maradona led his country to a legendary 3-1 victory over the Soviet Union in 1979, launching one of the greatest international careers in soccer history.
Maradona signed the jersey he wore that day and gave it to equipment manager Vicente Nieva. The Adidas blue-and-white, sweat- and pitch-stained jersey is now up for bid in the World Cup Auction at gottahaverockandroll.com.
The jersey, which comes with letters of authenticity from Nieva, MEARS and Gotta Have Rock & Roll, has an opening bid of $50,000 and an estimated value of $150,000-$250,000.
Other highlights of the auction, which opens Nov. 30, includes Maradona’s 1982 World Cup match-worn, signed jersey from his World Cup debut against Belgium on June 13, 1982. The jersey has an estimated value of $150,000-$250,000).
Also up for bid is a rare Pele 1958 Jose Innocente Balas Centro Goal #142 true rookie card (estimated value: $250,000-$300,000).