But having suffered a stroke in June, Stiles, 68, is now expected to raise up to £150,000 for his World Cup medal after choosing to put his memorabilia, which also includes caps, shirts and other medals, up for auction in Edinburgh next month.
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"I'm as patriotic as the next Englishman and will always cherish my memories and the friendships I made in my playing days, but at this stage of my life, I would rather have some control over the distribution of my memorabilia and know that my family will benefit."
Stiles's fellow World Cup winners, Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore and Alan Ball, have all auctioned their memorabilia.
The Manchester-born midfielder shares the distinction of winning both World and European Cups with former Old Trafford team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton.