Lionel Messi’s World Cup match shirts set to sell for £8MILLION at auction

Lionel Messi’s match worn World Cup final jersey is among a collection of his Argentina shirts that will go to auction for an expected world record sale of more than £8million

Six tops from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – in which Argentina beat France on penalties to lift 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 first half of the final, the semi-final against Croatia, the quarter-final against Netherlands, and round-of 16 match versus Australia, and two of the three group-stage games, with an estimated price of at least $10m (£8m). That would make it a record for a ‘sports memorabilia collection’.

The current record for an item of sports memorabilia is Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 – from the famed ‘Last Dance’ season – which sold for £8.1million in September of last year at Sotheby’s New York.

Most expensive football shirts sold at auction

  1. Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt – England versus Argentina, 1986 – £7.1m
  2. Pele’s World Cup final shirt – Brazil versus Italy 1970 – £157,750
  3. Sir Geoff Hurst’s World Cup final jersey – England versus West Germany, 1966 – £91,750

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