Lionel Messi’s jerseys from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, notably worn during the historic final against France, are anticipated to command a substantial £8 million in an upcoming auction at Sotheby’s in New York.
The collection comprises six shirts worn by the football legend throughout Argentina’s triumphant journey to victory. A portion of the proceeds from the auction is earmarked for charitable causes.
Included in the assortment are Messi’s jerseys from the first half of the final, the semi-final clash against Croatia, the quarter-final showdown with the Netherlands, the round-of-16 match versus Australia, and two of the three group-stage games.
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With an estimated value of at least $10 million (£8 million), this auction could potentially establish a new record for the highest amount paid for a sports memorabilia collection. This figure surpasses the £8.1 million achieved for Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals Game 1.
Sotheby’s, renowned for orchestrating high-profile auctions, asserts that Messi’s pivotal role in Argentina’s 2022 World Cup victory lends unparalleled significance to this collection in the realm of sports memorabilia.