Lionel Messi‘s jerseys from Argentina’s victorious 2022 World Cup campaign are set to be auctioned off in December 2023.
The auction is expected to raise millions of dollars, with proceeds going to charity. Messi is said to have worn six different jerseys during the World Cup, including the one he wore in the final against France. The jerseys are all signed by Messi and have a certificate of authenticity.
Lelands, a leading sports memorabilia auction house, is organizing the auction. Lelands had previously auctioned off jerseys worn by legendary athletes, including Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Mantle.
Messi is a global icon, and his jerseys will indeed be coveted by fans and collectors alike. The proceeds from the auction will go to the FC Barcelona Foundation, which provides educational and social programs to children in need.
Nigeria Updates understands that Messi wore all the said jerseys during the first halves of the group-stage matches against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, as well as in later games against Australia, the Netherlands, and Croatia and the final match against France, which marked Argentina’s winning streak in Qatar last year.
According to Sotheby’s, if Messi’s jerseys fetch above $10 million, it would make it the most valuable sports memorabilia ever auctioned off. The current record for the most expensive individual jersey sold at auction is basketball legend, Michael Jordan’s jersey from his NBA finals run with the Chicago Bulls in 1998, which sold for $10.1 million last year.
Auction houses have recognized the growing market for sports memorabilia in recent years. The jerseys being auctioned off are brought by US tech startup AC Momento, which assists athletes in managing their memorabilia collections.
Reports said that Messi’s jerseys will be available for public viewing free of charge during the auction period, from November 30 to December 14
Oyo Gov’t Set To Screen Players For Female Team
The Oyo State Government is set to embark on an exciting initiative to identify and nurture young talents for its female football team.
This is contained in a statement, signed by the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ms. Wasilat Adegoke in Ibadan on Wednesday.
According to her, the screening exercise which is to commence on Tuesday 6th February, will take place in the seven geo-political zones in the state.
The screening exercise for Oyo Zone will take place on, Tuesday at Durbar Stadium Oyo, between 9am and 11am, while at Ogbomoso Zone will be held at Soun Township Stadium from 1pm to 3pm same day.
At Kisi Zone on Wednesday, 7th February the screening will start from 9am to 11am.
Adegoke said for Saki and Iseyin zones, on February 7th, prospective players will be screened at the Saki Township Stadium by 12 p.m and Iseyin Township stadium by 4pm.
“Similarly, the Ibarapa Zone would take a queue for the screening at Methodist Grammar School Igboora and Eruwa Township Stadium on Thursday, 8th February at 10am to 12noon and 3pm respectively”, she added.
The Ibadan Zone Screening will take place on 17th February at Ikolaba high School, Ibadan, at 10 O’clock in Ibadan.
The Commissioner commended Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for supporting sports development.
According to her, the program aligns with the long-term vision of the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration to establish a robust developmental team, and identify talents from the State.
OGUN SWAN CELEBRATES SPORTS PHILANTHROPIST, SOLOMON ENILOLOBO @40
Ogun State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, has felicitated the Sports Philanthropist, Solomon Enilolobo on the occasion of his 40th birthday.
SWAN in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Association, Comrade Segun Folarin said the contributions of the celebrant to the uplift of sports development in the state especially at the grassroots level is acknowledged.
“Your philanthropic gestures towards the development of sports through various donations remained unparalleled.”
“As you celebrate the you climbed the 4th ladder on the earth, the Association wishes you the best in all your endeavours.”
Comrade Folarin urged the former Aspirant for Abeokuta South State Constituency 1 in Ogun House of Assembly election, Solomon Enilolobo to sustain his philanthropic gestures for the overall development of sports in the state.
Messi Speaks Ahead Of Inter Miami’s Clash With Ronaldo’s Club
Former Barcelona star player, Lionel Messi, has expressed his anticipation for the upcoming Riyadh Cup, where he will face his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi’s club, Inter Miami and Ronaldo’s Saudi Arabia club, Al Nassr, will both participate in the highly-anticipated tournament, known as ‘The Last Dance’, which will be held at the state-of-the-art Kingdom Arena from Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 8.
This event could potentially mark the final encounter between Messi and Ronaldo, who have faced each other 35 times throughout their professional careers.
Out of these matches, Messi has emerged victorious 16 times, while Ronaldo has secured 10 wins, with nine draws in their encounters primarily in Spain and the Champions League.
Interestingly, both players found the back of the net in a friendly match last October when PSG, Messi’s former club, played against the Saudi All-Stars, resulting in a thrilling 5-4 victory for Messi’s team.
It is worth noting that this match took place shortly before Messi’s transfer to the United States.
However, taking to his social media page earlier, the Argentine forward, Messi wrote: “I can’t wait to be part of #RiyadhSeasonCup with my team Inter Miami CF, as we face top Saudi clubs in a historic championship.”
The game will serve as a preseason tournament for Inter Miami, with the new regular MLS season holding between February 21 and October 19, while the playoffs, October and December.
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