On Monday, Sotheby’s auction house announced that the six jerseys worn by Lionel Messi (36) during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be sold at auction in December. The company estimates their value to be more than $10 million.
The jerseys were worn by Messi in group matches against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, then in the round of 16 against Australia, in the quarter-finals against the Netherlands, in the semi-finals against Croatia, and unfortunately missing out on the final match against France. This “priceless” collection of sports memorabilia will be sold online from November 30 to December 14 while also being displayed to the public at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York.
Sotheby’s hopes to sell these items for an amount “in excess of $10 million,” making it “the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction.” For comparison, the most expensive jersey currently sold at auction is Michael Jordan’s jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, which was sold for $10.1 million.
Part of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to UNICAS project, a project run by Children’s Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) in Barcelona with support from Leo Messi Foundation, aimed at meeting