Ian Wright left in tears after being reunited with long-lost Golden Boot
Ian Wright was left in tears after the Arsenal legend was finally reunited with his Golden Boot.
The Arsenal legend was top-scorer in the First Division in the 1991/92 season, winning the famous boot.
However he lost his award, plus other precious mementoes from his career, after his ex-wife failed to pay lock-up fees in Florida.
A buyer paid £7m for his stash in 2018, though Wright has now been reunited with his belongings after UK company Classic Football Shirts negotiated a price to hand some of it back.
And Wright was visibly emotional following the reunion, breaking down in tears after seeing the Golden Boot.
Wright said: “This means the world to me.”
He added: “I never thought I would see any of this stuff again – especially this.
“Just to see my stuff again is amazing. I didn't have any of it, it all went.
"When I show the boot to my girls they will be like 'Wow! Is that real gold?' and I will say of course it is.
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"I can't believe you found that, man. This was stuff that I thought was all gone because my ex-missus took them all to America. My balls, the boot, the medals, everything was gone.”
Matt Dale, the co-founder of Classic Football Shirts, said: "Everything in that collection is unique.
“It’s just one of everything, they’re special items. We paid what it was worth, knowing what it was worth.
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"The reason why we did it is because a lot of times these collections can be put into auctions and split up, which I think maybe would have happened with this seller if he hadn’t got a buyer.
"If it had got put in an auction all of his possessions would have ended up across the world and he never would have been able to get them back.
“It was our own money, we thought it would be a nice thing to do.”
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