Sotheby’s auction house has announced that it will be selling a set of six Lionel Messi jerseys worn during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The jerseys are estimated to be worth more than $10 million and will be sold online from November 30 to December 14, with a display at their headquarters in New York. Messi wore the stripes 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 in the final against France. This collection is being referred to as “priceless” by Sotheby’s.
The sale of these jerseys is expected to break the record for the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction. For comparison, the most expensive jersey currently sold at auction is the one worn by Michael Jordan in the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz, which was sold for $10.1 million.
Sotheby’s also announced that part of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to UNICAS project, run by Children’s Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) in Barcelona with support from Leo Messi Foundation, to respond to needs of children suffering from rare diseases.