Lionel Messi’s Six World Cup Jerseys to be Sold at Sotheby’s Auction House in December
On Monday, Sotheby’s auction house announced that it will sell a set of six jerseys worn by Lionel Messi at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The collection is estimated to be worth more than $10 million and will be sold online from November 30 to December 14, with a public display at the company’s headquarters in New York.
The jerseys were worn by Messi during 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 in the final against France. Unfortunately, Messi was not able to play in all matches due to an injury.
Sotheby’s hopes to raise an amount “in excess of $10 million” with this “priceless” collection, making it “the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction”. This value is comparable to the most expensive jersey currently sold at auction, which was worn by Michael Jordan during the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. It was sold for $10.1 million.
Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the UNICAS project, which is run by Children’s Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) in Barcelona with support from Leo Messi Foundation. The project aims to respond to the needs of children suffering from rare diseases.