EXCLUSIVE: Lionel Messi’s World Cup match shirts set to promote for £8M
- The 36-year-old scored two of Argentina’s three objectives of their blockbuster ultimate
- Auction will happen in New York – with followers capable of see shirts earlier than the sale
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Lionel Messi’s match worn World Cup ultimate jersey is amongst a group of his Argentina shirts that may go to public sale for an anticipated world file sale of greater than £8million.
Six tops from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – wherein Argentina beat France on penalties to carry the trophy – are being auctioned as a set by Sotheby’s in New York, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
The shirts are from the primary half of the ultimate, the semi-final towards Croatia, the quarter-final towards Netherlands, and round-of 16 match versus Australia, and two of the three group-stage video games, with an estimated worth of a minimum of $10m (£8m). That would make it a file for a ‘sports memorabilia collection’.
The present file for an merchandise of sports activities memorabilia is Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 – from the famed ‘Last Dance’ season – which offered for £8.1million in September of final yr at Sotheby’s New York.
By comparability, the most costly piece of music memorabilia is Kurt Cobain’s guitar that he used throughout an MTV Unplugged efficiency in 1993, simply 5 months earlier than he died. That offered for £4.2m in 2020.
Lionel Messi’s jersey from Argentina’s World Cup-winning ultimate towards France is about to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York
The shirt is one in every of six Argentina shirts included within the public sale, which is about to smash information
The playmaker hoisted the trophy aloft in Qatar final yr after beating France 4-2 on penalties
Most costly soccer shirts offered at public sale
1. Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt – England versus Argentina, 1986 – £7.1m
2. Pele’s World Cup ultimate shirt – Brazil versus Italy 1970 – £157,750
3. Sir Geoff Hurst’s World Cup ultimate jersey – England versus West Germany, 1966 – £91,750
Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of contemporary collectibles, stated: ‘The 2022 FIFA World Cup stands as one of the greatest events in sports history, intrinsically connected to Messi’s valiant journey and firmly establishing his status as the greatest player of all-time.
‘The sale of these six shirts stands as a monumental occasion in auction history, offering fans and collectors a connection to Messi’s crowning achievement. It is an honour for Sotheby’s to present and exhibit these invaluable collectables to the public, which encapsulate the sheer brilliance of a player who has redefined the boundaries of football excellence.’
The present file for one in every of Messi’s jerseys, £360,000, is from the 2017 El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona wherein he scored an injury-time winner on the Bernabeu.
However, this assortment is about to carry much more than the £7.1million that an nameless bidder paid for Diego Maradona’s Hand of God jersey from the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, a file for a soccer shirt. That was offered final yr at Sotheby’s in London by former England midfielder Steve Hodge, who had requested Maradona for the jersey within the tunnel after the sport in Mexico City.
Previous record-breaking memorabilia gross sales embrace objects from the gathering of Michael Jordan (left) and Kurt Cobain (proper)
In 2022 an nameless bidder paid £7.1m for the shirt worn by Diego Maradona (left) when he scored the notorious ‘Hand of God’ aim towards England of their 1986 World Cup tie
A portion of the earnings made throughout the public sale will go to a charity of the midfielder’s alternative
The 36-year-old scored two of Argentina’s three objectives earlier than the match went to penalties
Messi scored twice within the ultimate in Qatar as he lastly received the World Cup on the fifth try. The sport, a 3-3 draw, is taken into account one of many greatest-ever finals.
Sotheby’s stated: ‘The shirts are being brought to auction by US-based tech startup AC Momento, who in addition to their mobile app for sports fans, partners with high-profile athletes (like Messi) to help manage their match-worn memorabilia collections.
‘A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to UNICAS Project, led by Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Barcelona Children’s Hospital with the help of Leo Messi Foundation, to fulfill the wants of youngsters affected by uncommon illnesses. This follows the work the Leo Messi Foundation has accomplished with the SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Center which treats 400 kids with most cancers every year.
‘The set of shirts will be on view at Sotheby’s New York in a free, public exhibition open from 30 November to 14 December (the same period during which bids are invited).’