The Lionel Messi jerseys worn during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be sold at auction by Sotheby’s in December. The six jerseys, estimated to be worth over $10 million, were worn by Messi during group matches against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, round of 16 against Australia, quarter-finals against the Netherlands, semi-finals against Croatia, and final against France.
The 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. This is expected to make it “the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction,” surpassing the current record held by Michael Jordan’s NBA Finals jersey sold for $10.1 million.
Sotheby’s announced that a portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the UNICAS project, which is run by the Children’s Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) in Barcelona with support from the Leo Messi Foundation. This project aims to respond to the needs of children suffering from rare diseases.