Can't Break The Record - Messi's Match-Worn 2022 World Cup Shirts Sell for $7.8M at Auction

Update: After a total of three auctions, the Messi match-worn 2022 World Cup jersey collection fetched a final price of $7.8 million at Sotheby's New York, including the buyer's premium.

Sotheby's had hoped that Messi's jersey would set an auction record for game-worn sports memorabilia, but that was not to be. The highest price ever paid for a jersey at auction remains the $10.1 million paid in September 2022 for Michael Jordan's Game 1 jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals.

It should be noted that this amount will be allocated, by the decision of Leo Messi himself, to the Sant Joan de Déu pediatric hospital in Barcelona.

This time a year ago, Messi put in an outstanding performance in Qatar to help Argentina win their third World Cup. As a result, Messi's 2022 World Cup shirts are extremely valuable and Sotheby's is giving you the chance to own them by auctioning 6 shirts worn by Messi at the 2022 World Cup, including the shirt he wore in the final.

Sotheby's will auction 6 Messi match-worn 2022 World Cup shirts, including:

  • First half of the Final
  • Semi-final
  • Quarter-final
  • Round of 16
  • Two of the three Group Stage matches (vs Arab Saudi; vs Mexico)

The Messi World Cup 2022 match-worn collection will be offered in a dedicated sale open for bidding from 30 November - 14 December. The extraordinary collection is estimated in excess of $10 million, with the sale poised to become the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia at auction.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to UNICAS Project, led by Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Barcelona Children’s Hospital with the support of Leo Messi Foundation, to meet the needs of children suffering from rare diseases.

The current record for football memorabilia is the 'Hand of God' match worn by Maradona in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England, which sold for $9.3 million at Sotheby's London in May 2022.

Speaking of sports in general, the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia sold at auction was Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals - known as the "Last Dance" season - which sold for $10.1 million in September 2022.

It remains to be if the Messi 2022 World Cup match-worn final can surpass Maradona and Michael Jordan as the highest-priced sports memorabilia of all time.

Messi's match-worn shirts from the 2022 World Cup will be auctioned on from 30 November.

Do you think Messi's 2022 World Cup match-worn shirt will break the record for the most valuable auctioned shirt, currently held by Maradona and Michael Jordan? Let us know in the comments below.