Messi will hit the jackpot thanks to France


By: Nicolas Gerbault

Lionel Messi’s World Cup-winning Argentina jersey is expected to sell for a record price, surpassing that of Diego Maradana’s 1986 jersey.

All six jerseys, including those worn in the group stage, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, have already attracted bids reaching $6.5 million, and the final amount is expected to reach $10 million, with bidding expected to end on Thursday. Messi finished the tournament with seven goals and three assists, receiving the Golden Ball as the best player and the Silver Boot as the second top scorer after beating France in the final.

If the lot exceeds $10.1 million, it will set a new record for the highest price paid for sports jerseys, surpassing Michael Jordan’s jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals. Additionally, it could also become the most expensive football kit ever sold, far surpassing the £7,142,500 paid for Diego Maradona’s jersey at the 1986 World Cup.

In the catalog, Messi was quoted: “It was incredible. Everything changed for me that day. We finally got what we had dreamed of, what I had wanted for so long in my career. And it happened in the end.”

Part of the proceeds will support the Unicas Project, which helps children with rare diseases through the Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital and the Leo Messi Foundation.

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