Lionel Messi, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, appeared dejected after the match between Argentina and Uruguay at Estadio La Bombonera in Buenos Aires. The game ended in a 2-0 victory for Uruguay, leaving Messi and his team feeling downcast.
However, despite the loss, Messi’s shirts from the triumphant run at the 2022 World Cup will still be auctioned off to raise money for charity. Six shirts worn by Messi during the tournament will be sold, with Sotheby’s hosting the auction and bidding open from November 30 to December 14. The collection is expected to become the “most valuable collection of sports memorabilia.”
One of the shirts included is the one Messi wore during the first half of the final in Qatar. The exact amount of proceeds that will go to charity was not disclosed by Sotheby’s but it is estimated to sell for over $10 million. A portion of this money will be donated to UNICAS Project, which helps children suffering from rare diseases. This auction coincides with a public exhibition showcasing the collection.
The record for the highest price paid for a game-worn sports memorabilia item currently belongs to Michael Jordan’s jersey from the opening game of the 1998 NBA Final, which sold for $10.1 million last year. With this being said, it is clear that Messi’s shirts are expected to fetch an astronomical amount when they hit