Sotheby’s has listed six game-worn jerseys of Lionel Messi from the 2022 World Cup for auction, with expectations of bringing in $10 million. The jerseys are size medium and are from two of Argentina’s group stage matches, the Round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship rounds.
Following his World Cup journey, Messi joined Inter Miami and has significantly increased attention to the MLS. Ticket prices for Inter Miami’s home and away games have seen a substantial rise, reflecting Messi’s influence on the league.
After a disappointing defeat against Saudi Arabia in the first match, Messi’s Argentina squad went on to win their next six matches, securing the nation’s first World Cup title since 1986. Messi scored a total of seven goals during these matches, solidifying his legacy as the fourth-leading scorer in the tournament’s history.
The jerseys are being characterized as artifacts of Messi’s legacy and symbolize the culmination of a career filled with hard work and an undying passion for the sport. The auction for his jerseys is set to begin later this month.
Messi was also awarded FIFA’s Ballon d’Or for the eighth time, making him the first active player in a U.S. league to receive the prestigious title. These achievements have solidified Messi’s impact and influence on the world of football.