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Soccer | Dec 15

Messi’s 2022 World Cup Shirts Auction for $7.8 M

6 Jerseys Worn By Super Star on Iconic Path to World Cup Champion got Auctioned for $7.8M

Messi’s 2022 World Cup Shirts Auction for $7.8 M
Argentina's Captain And Forward #10 Lionel Messi | Anne-christine Poujoulat / AFP

That’s Why He’s The Goat! 🐐

The shadow of Maradona continues for Messi…

The latest soccer news offers a solution if you have about $8 million lying around. I know most of us are looking for ways to spend $7.8 million.

Could I interest you in six of Lionel Messi’s Argentina jerseys? Did I mention these are World Cup game-worn kits including one shirt from the 2022 final?

Well, it’s a bit too late as a buyer has already secured the set of six jerseys for a mere $7.8 million in an auction.

Michael Jordan Is Still the GOAT

I know there is a debate among the young about who is better between LeBron James and Michael Jordan. The way that Jordan transformed the business for athletes should not be understated.

Jordan still has plenty of appeal, and Messi’s recent auction failed to top the previous record which the NBA legend indirectly holds. Messi was unable to land an auction bid higher than Jordan’s record of $10.1 million, per Forbes.

That’s right.

One of Jordan’s jerseys from the 1998 NBA finals fetched a record $10.1 million in a 2022 auction. This represents a piece of memorabilia from Jordan’s last finals appearance.


That auctioneer may owe “The Last Dance” director some money for that bump up in value.

All this is not to slight Messi, as no one is buying my game-used anything for more than $7, much less $7.8 million.

Why Do People Want a Smelly Jersey?

The shadow of Maradona continues for Messi. The Inter Miami star’s jersey set also did not top Maradona’s record of $9.28 million for a soccer jersey. That was the price tag from an auction for Maradona’s “Hand of God” jersey.


You may be wondering why anyone wants Messi or anyone else’s dirty laundry. It is important to remember the historic significance of Messi’s World Cup soccer games during Argentina’s title run.

Messi has spent his entire career in the shadow of Maradona, despite all signs pointing to the star avoiding much of the off-pitch trappings that plagued the Argentine icon.

Messi’s World Cup victory cemented the star’s legendary status, especially in his home country. It was also significant to the people of Argentina as the squad’s first World Cup title since Maradona led the country to a trophy in 1986.

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All this has me wondering how much Messi’s first Inter Miami jersey would go for at an auction. If six jerseys fetched nearly $8 million then what is one MLS jersey net?

Hopefully at least enough to buy a ticket to Messi’s next MLS match.

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