Lionel Messi’s six game-worn jerseys from the 2022 World Cup are set to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with expectations of bringing in $10 million. The jerseys, which are size medium, were worn during two of Argentina’s group stage matches, the Round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds.
Messi led Argentina to their first World Cup title since 1986 after a disappointing defeat against Saudi Arabia in their first match. Despite this setback, Messi and his team went on to win their next six games, solidifying Messi’s legacy as the fourth-leading scorer in the tournament’s history.
The jerseys being sold are not only artifacts of Messi’s incredible career but also symbolize the culmination of his undying passion for the sport. The auction for these jerseys is set to begin later this month and is sure to attract a lot of attention from collectors and fans alike.
Following his World Cup journey, Messi joined Inter Miami and has significantly increased attention to Major League Soccer (MLS). Ticket prices for Inter Miami’s home and away games have seen a substantial rise, reflecting Messi’s influence on the league.
Messi was also awarded FIFA’s Ballon d’Or for the eighth time in 2022, 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 and make these jerseys even more valuable to collectors.