Paris Saint Germain’s Ligue 1 match against Angers has resulted in a record-breaking sale of Lionel Messi’s match-worn shirt at an auction. According to French news outlet Le Parisien, Messi’s match-worn shirt was sold at an auction for a staggering €43,623. The shirt worn by Messi was part of 18 match-worn shirts that were up for sale, and a Chinese bidder managed to win the auction for the number 30 jersey.Embed from Getty Images
It was reported that the bidder started at €22,000 and won the shirt with their seventh bid. This is not the first time that PSG has auctioned off players’ match-worn shirts, with proceeds going to charitable causes. The club’s chief brand officer Fabien Allegre said,
“The jersey is the ultimate symbol of the love fans have for their team and its players. For each of us, it is a symbol of pride, passion and hope. With this new initiative, the club offers an opportunity to all its supporters to acquire a truly unique item packed with emotion and an even closer connection with their favourite players.”The club’s chief brand officer Fabien Allegre
Apart from Messi, shirts worn by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe from PSG’s matches against Lens and Strasbourg were also made available for purchase. While Neymar and Mbappe are both mega stars, their shirts’ sale prices were significantly lower than Messi’s. Neymar’s shirt went for €7,894, while Mbappe’s was sold for €14,083 and €15,017 on separate occasions.Embed from Getty Images
PSG will be back in action on their next match as they travel to the Middle East to face the Al Nassr and Al Hilal All-Stars team. The opposing team will be captained by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, adding even more excitement to the match.Embed from Getty Images
The sale of Messi’s shirt not only shows the immense popularity and value of the Argentine player but also the emotional connection that fans have with their favorite players. It will be interesting to see if this trend of auctioning off match-worn shirts continues and if any other player’s shirt will surpass the record set by Messi’s.