Unwashed and still muddy, the Germany star’s left boot has sold at auction for a staggering amount which will be donated to ‘A Heart for Children’

 The left boot of Mario Gotze, which won Germany their first World Cup in 24 years, has sold for a staggering ?2 million at a charity auction.

Gotze’s left-footed volley flew past Sergio Romero in extra-time in Rio de Janiero in July as Joachim Low’s men claimed football’s greatest prize for the fourth time.

The boot, which has gone unwashed and unworn since that iconic moment in Brazil, raised the incredible ?2m for German charity ‘A Heart for Children’ as bidders scrambled to own a true piece of footballing history.

“I have never washed the boot. It is still in the same condition as it was in Rio, when I left the stadium with it,” the Bayern Munich man said.

“There is still grass on it. I have never put the boot on after the final. I kept it safe at my house.”

Treasurer of the charity Niko Knochenhauer added: “I would not have dreamed [this]. Two million Euros – that’s a huge amount. The good thing is that it is for a good cause… and not just for the shoe.”

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