Messi PSG match-worn shirt in Ligue 1 match against Angers up for auction for a record price.
Messi made his PSG debut for the first time since leading Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar.
The Argentina legend shone on his return, assisting on his team’s first goal and scoring in the second half to seal a 2-0 victory.
Messi’s match-worn shirt later put on for a record-breaking €43,623, according to the French news outlet Le Parisien.
Messi’s shirt was one of 18 match-worn shirts for sale, and a Chinese bidder was successful in obtaining Messi’s number 30 jersey.
According to reports, the bidder began at €22,000 and won the shirt with their seventh bid.
Aside from Messi, shirts worn by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in PSG’s matches against Lens and Strasbourg were also available for purchase.
Although Neymar and Mbappe are both megastars, the prices of their shirts were significantly lower than Messi’s.
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Brazil’s Neymar’s shirt sold for €7,894, while Mbappe’s shirt sold for €14,083 and €15,017, respectively.
PSG’s aacouncenment in November that fans would be able to bid on players’ match-worn shirts, with a portion of the auction proceeds going to charitable causes.
“The jersey is the ultimate symbol of the love fans have for their team and its players,” said the club’s chief brand officer, Fabien Allegre. It represents pride, passion, and hope for each of us.
“With this new initiative, the club gives all of its supporters the opportunity to obtain a truly unique item packed with emotion and an even closer connection with their favorite players.”
PSG return to action next week when they travel to the Middle East to take on the Al Nassr and Al Hilal All-Stars.
In the highly anticipated match, Al Nassr’s new signing Cristiano Ronaldo will face off against Messi once more.
The 35-year-old returned to Paris last week after the most well-deserved 10-day break in history.
Messi was greeted with a guard of honour from his teammates upon his arrival at Les Parisiens’ training facility, before being presented with a gold-plated award commemorating his World Cup victory last month.
PSG manager Christophe Galtier decided it was time to give him some playing time in their Ligue 1 match against Angers a week later.
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