Lionel Messi’s shirts in 2022 World Cup shirts sold for £6.1m

Lionel Messi’s shirts worn during the FIFA 2022 World Cup were sold for $7.8m (£6.1m) at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.

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Lionel Messi’s shirts in auction

Six jerseys, which the Argentinian captain wore during the historic path to be crowned the world’s champions, were among the most wanted subjects by global collectors.

Messi, the owner of 8 Ballon-d’Or, scored twice in the final before his side beat France on penalties, clinching the first World Cup since Diego Maradona’s reign.

According to BBC, the record for a game-worn football shirt is Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ jersey, which sold for £7.1m in 2022.

Messi’s pack of kits were predicted to be a lot higher in value (around £10m).

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Messi shirts in World Cup 2022 sold for 6.1m pounds
Lionel Messi’s shirts in World Cup 2022 sold for 6.1m pounds

El Pulga became the first player in World Cup history to score in the group stage, last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of a single tournament.

He played in all seven of Argentina’s 2022 World Cup matches, but only two of the three shirts Messi wore during the group stage will be auctioned, after Heart of Midlothian’s Australia international Cammy Devlin swapped shirts with the former Barcelona forward during the tournament.

The purpose of the auction

According to sources, a portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Unicas Project, led by Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Children’s Hospital with the support of the Leo Messi Foundation, to meet the needs of children suffering from rare diseases.

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