Lionel Messi, the star of Argentina’s World Cup victory in Qatar, appeared dejected after their match against Uruguay at Estadio La Bombonera in Buenos Aires. The Argentine soccer legend wore six shirts during their triumphant run at the 2022 World Cup, and these shirts are now being auctioned off by Sotheby’s to raise funds for the UNICAS Project, which helps children with rare diseases.
One of the shirts included in the collection is the one Messi wore during the first half of the final match in Qatar. The collection is expected to sell for over $10 million, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the UNICAS Project. The exact amount of the donation was not disclosed by Sotheby’s, but it is sure to make a significant impact on this important cause.
The auction will take place from November 30th to December 14th, coinciding with a public exhibition showcasing the collection. This is an opportunity for fans and collectors alike to own a piece of history and support a great cause at the same time.
It’s worth noting that this is not just any sports memorabilia item – it’s arguably one of the most valuable collections ever put up for auction. The record for the highest price paid for a game-worn sports memorabilia item currently stands at $10.1 million, set last year by Michael Jordan’s jersey from the opening game of the 1998 NBA Final. With Messi being one of football’s greatest players and this particular shirt being associated with such a historic moment, it’s likely that this item will break that record when it goes up for sale later this month.