Lionel Messi’s World Cup Shirts Could Fetch Over $10 Million

The set consists of six shirts which the superstar football player wore at last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

At the end of last year’s FIFA World Cup, Argentina’s Lionel Messi lifted the trophy in front of over a billion people watching from all over the world.

On December 18, 2022, in Qatar’s Lusail Stadium, Argentina defeated the defending champions France. The game ended in a 3-3 draw, leading Messi’s team to win the penalties.

Lionel Messi with his World Cup jersey
Image via Instagram @leomessi

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Now, from November 30 to December 14, 2023, fans can bid online for a set of six shirts the legendary football player wore during the World Cup. Estimates for the set exceed $10 million.

“A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to UNICAS Project, led by Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Barcelona Children’s Hospital to meet the needs of children suffering from rare diseases,” Messi wrote on Instagram.

Argentina's official jersey for the 2022 World Cup
Image via Instagram @sothebys

“In the years and decades to come, this collection will serve as a reminder of what makes Messi, Messi: the ability to deliver on the biggest stage when the entire world stopped to see if he could,” auction house Sotheby’s stated.

Messi wore each shirt during the first half of their respective games. His memorabilia partner, AC Momento, collected the shirts after the games. Lastly, these were photomatched by Sports Investors Authentication.

Lionel Messi and his World Cup shirts
Image via Instagram @leomessi

The current sales record for sports memorabilia goes to Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA finals jersey. The shirt sold for $10.1 million, also at Sotheby’s New York, in 2022.

The auction house said that its sports memorabilia auctions are attracting a new generation of buyers. Recently, half of the bidders are under 40 years old. Over 50% are also new bidders.

Banner image via Sotheby’s official website.

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