The six shirts worn by Lionel Messi in the last World Cup in Qatar 2022 and with which he won his first World Cup will be sold on December 14 at Sotheby’s in New York for a combined estimated price of more than 10 million dollars (9.13 million ). euros).
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If achieved, they would be “the most valuable sports collection ever to be auctioned,” Sotheby’s explained in a statement.
The shirts, with the famous number 10 and Messi’s name on the back, were worn by the star in the first half of the final, in the semifinal, quarterfinals, round of 32 and two of the qualifying matches, as detailed in the auction house, which thus means that the second shirt from the end (which he lifted the cup) is not in this lot.
The six t-shirts will be available for bidding between November 30 and December 14 and “part of the profit” – how much is not explained – will go to the UNICAS project at the Sant Joan de Déu Pediatric Hospital in Barcelona .
Sotheby’s suggests that the six garments are auctioned in one lot and if they go over 10 million they could surpass the 10.1 million raised by a Michael Jordan shirt (the one he wore in the 1998 NBA final).) and the one who holds a soccer ball. record, one worn by Diego Armando Maradona.
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Messi’s clothes were donated to Sotheby’s by a technology startup called AC Momento, which according to Sotheby’s has a popular app for fans of various sports and also manages the athletes’ valuables. .