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Soccer | Nov 21

Buying Leo Messi’s World Cup Jersey Will Only Set You Back $10M

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Buying Leo Messi’s World Cup Jersey Will Only Set You Back $10M
Argentina's forward #10 Lionel Messi | Franck Fife / AFP

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I’m about to go crack open every piggy bank my children own…

Excuse me if I generate too much excitement during this piece, but since the soccer news broke that Lionel Messi’s World Cup-winning shirt was up for sale, I knew I had to get it.

It is anticipated that the jerseys worn by Leo Messi during Argentina’s 2022 World Cup victory run will be auctioned off and become the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction.

According to Sotheby’s, the six jerseys donned by the Argentine captain in Qatar, which he also wore during the December 2022 final against France, could garner over $10 million (£8 million).


Diego Maradona’s shirt worn during the 1986 quarter-final win over England sold for $9.2 million. While we are on the topic of the infamous ‘Hand of God’, I’m going to need to ask god for an extra lifetime if I’m going to purchase Messi’s World Cup-winning shirt.

The prevailing global record for sports memorabilia was surpassed in 2022 when Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals jersey was purchased for $10.1 million (£8 million). But following the Messi hysteria, we won’t be surprised if the G.O.A.T of pro soccer smashes this record… Another day in the life of Messi.

Messi, who is presently the star of Inter Miami, an MLS club owned in part by David Beckham, competed for Barcelona for a period of seventeen years. He amassed an impressive haul of La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues during that time.

Eight times, he has been awarded the Ballon d’Or, the prestigious award given annually to the game’s most outstanding player, and of course, the Argentina vs France World Cup 2022 final will go down in history as one of his biggest accomplishments where he netted two goals.

But, enough of my jibber-jabber, I’m about to go crack open every piggy bank my children own because I’m short of funds to place a bid for this jersey…every little bit counts! I’m just wondering if they’ll accept my starting bid of $20; one can only hope.

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