Jordan’s ’13 billion’ record is about to be broken… ‘Soccer God’ Messi’s championship shirt auctioned to benefit a child with a rare disease
Lionel Messi’s (Inter Miami) monumental jersey is going up for auction.
U.S. auction house Sotheby’s is holding an auction for six shirts worn by Messi at the World Cup in Qatar, starting today and ending next month, according to multiple news outlets, including the BBC.
The six jerseys will include the two shirts Messi wore against Mexico and Saudi Arabia in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, as well as the shirts he wore in the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the first half of the final.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to a children’s hospital in Spain supported by the Leo Messi Foundation to help children suffering from rare diseases.
It’s hard to estimate the value of Messi’s jerseys in this auction. It’s the shirt Messi wore when he lifted the World Cup for the first time in his career, and he went on to win the Ballon d’Or in 2023. It is also Messi’s most valuable jersey, making it highly collectible for soccer fans and collectors alike. 토토사이트
Sotheby’s described the auction as “one of the most valuable collections of sports memorabilia ever assembled” and expected bids of more than $10 million ($12.9 billion).
It’ll be interesting to see if it surpasses the auction price of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s jersey. A Chicago Bulls jersey top worn by Jordan when he won his last National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in 1998 fetched $10.1 million ($13 billion). It’s the highest price ever paid for an outfit worn by an athlete.
The jersey worn by Argentine legend Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England in Mexico, which led to the “Hand of God” incident, sold for $9.3 million ($11.9 billion). This is the highest price ever paid for a soccer player.