Auction prices for Lionel Messi’s World Cup jerseys are predicted to reach millions.

During their World Cup quarterfinal match in Qatar, a number of Australians attempted to grab hold of Lionel Messi’s shirt. However, Cameron Devlin snatched it with a cheeky grin once the whistle went. The chance has now presented itself to obtain the Argentina captain’s jersey from the first half of the game, when he opened the scoring.

The Argentina shirts that Lionel Messi wore during their successful World Cup 2023 campaign in Qatar are going up for auction. Along with five other shirts he wore when Argentina won the World Cup, Messi is auctioning them off. Among them is the one he donned during the championship match, when he netted two goals in the 3-3 stalemate with France. Auction prices for Lionel Messi’s World Cup jerseys are predicted to reach $US10 million ($A15 million), which puts the world record for sports memorabilia in jeopardy.

With the support of the Leo Messi Foundation, Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Barcelona Children’s Hospital will lead the UNICAS Project, which will use an undisclosed portion of the proceeds to support children with rare diseases.Messi’s shirts will be up for auction from November 30 to December 14. The shirts will also be put up at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York as part of a free public exhibition. 

That jersey currently holds the record of being the ‘most valuable item of sports memorabilia’ ever sold at auction, as per Sotheby’s. Late Diego Maradona currently holds the record for most valuable match-worn item of football memorabilia that Sotheby’s sold for USD 9.3 million last year. 

In the FIFA World Cup 2022, Argentina defeated France in a penalty shootout to become the third-time World Champions. Messi scored two goals in the 3-3 draw.Messi, who is currently a player for Inter Miami in the US, spent 17 years at Barcelona, where he won four Champions League titles and multiple La Liga titles.

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