Six of the shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina’s World Cup-winning campaign are to be sold at auction.
Messi who led Argentina to victory after beating France on penalties in Qatar will see a set of six jerseys including the one, he adorned at the finals fetch more than £8m in the auction hosted by Sotheby’s in New York.
The record for a game-worn football shirt is Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ jersey, which sold for £7.1m in 2022.
Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of modern collectibles, said the sale of Messi’s six shirts “stands as a monumental occasion in auction history”.
Messi, an eight-time Ballon d’Or winner, became the first player in World Cup history to score in the group stage, last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of a single tournament.