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Messi’s World Cup final shirt may break Maradona’s record at an auction

Lionel Messi’s Argentina shirt from the World Cup-winning final is anticipated to fetch a record-breaking sum, surpassing the amount achieved for Diego Maradona’s 1986 jersey.

The collection comprises six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during various stages of the tournament, including the group stage, Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. Bids for these shirts have already reached as high as $6.5 million, and it is likely that the final amount could potentially reach $10 million, with the bidding process scheduled to conclude on Thursday.

Messi concluded the tournament with an impressive performance, scoring seven goals and providing three assists. He won the Golden Ball for the best player and the Silver Boot as the second-highest scorer.

Should the lot exceed $10.1 million, it will set a new record for the highest price ever paid for sports jerseys, surpassing the amount paid for Michael Jordan’s jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals. Furthermore, it has the potential to become the most expensive football kit ever sold, comfortably surpassing the previous record of £7,142,500 paid for Diego Maradona’s shirt from the 1986 World Cup.

In the catalog, Messi‘s quote says: “It was amazing. Everything changed for me that day. We finally got what we had dreamed of so much, the thing I’ve wanted for so long in my career. And it finally came at the end.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Lionel Messi’s World Cup-winning Argentina shirt will go towards supporting the Unicas project. This initiative aims to assist children with rare diseases and is a collaboration between Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital and the Leo Messi Foundation.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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