The magic of Lionel Messi’s historic World Cup triumph extends beyond the pitch, with a set of his match-worn jerseys commanding a staggering $7.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction. This record-breaking sale cements the jerseys as the second-most valuable ever auctioned, solidifying Messi’s status as a legendary figure in the beautiful game.
The collection, spanning six crucial matches of Argentina’s journey to glory, features the jersey worn in the iconic finale against France. Notably absent are the shirts from the final group-stage clash against Poland, hinting at the tradition of player swaps during the tournament’s heat.
Sotheby’s, recognizing the shirts’ historical significance, described them as “tangible pieces of Messi’s legacy.” These jerseys transcend mere memorabilia, embodying the culmination of a career defined by tireless dedication, unwavering passion, and the ultimate triumph on the world’s biggest stage.
“Messi’s 2022 World Cup journey wasn’t just about winning the trophy,” emphasized Sotheby’s, “it was about inspiring generations of future footballers. These shirts serve as a permanent reminder of his greatness and the indelible mark he has left on the global football landscape.”