Lionel Messi’s World Cup Jerseys Head to Auction in Historic Sale

Six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina's triumphant 2022 World Cup campaign

by Faruk Imamovic
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Lionel Messi’s World Cup Jerseys Head to Auction in Historic Sale
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In a move that excites sports memorabilia collectors and soccer fans alike, six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina's triumphant 2022 World Cup campaign, including one from the memorable final against France, are set to be auctioned by Sotheby's in New York.

A Collection of Historic Value

Sotheby’s has confirmed that this extraordinary collection, comprising jerseys Messi wore in key matches of the tournament, will be up for grabs between November 30 and December 14.

The collection’s value is estimated at over $10 million, potentially making it the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever auctioned. The jerseys represent pivotal moments from Argentina's path to glory, including two from the group stage matches, their round of 16 victory over Australia, the nail-biting penalty shootout win against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, the commanding 3-0 win over Croatia in the semifinals, and the dramatic final against France.

Messi, who captained the team, was instrumental in leading Argentina to victory, culminating in a thrilling penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw with France.

A Charitable Cause and Public Exhibition

Messi himself announced the auction on his Instagram, highlighting that a portion of the proceeds would go to the UNICAS Project, led by Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children's Hospital.

This project focuses on meeting the needs of children suffering from rare diseases, adding a philanthropic dimension to the auction. In addition to the opportunity for collectors to own a piece of football history, the public will also have the chance to view these iconic shirts at Sotheby's in New York during the auction period.

This exhibition allows fans to get a closer look at memorabilia that encapsulates critical moments in Messi's illustrious career. Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of modern collectables, expressed the significance of the auction, noting that the 2022 FIFA World Cup not only stands as one of the greatest events in sports history but also cements Messi's status as one of the greatest football players of all time.

The auction of these shirts is more than just a sale; it's a celebration of Messi's remarkable journey and a chance for fans and collectors to own a tangible piece of football lore.

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