This undated photo provided by Sotheby's courtesy of Sam Robles photography shows Lionel Messi holding one of six match worn shirts from the 2022 FIFA World Cup. AFP
The football star donned these shirts during the first halves of the group-stage rounds against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, as well as later games against Australia, the Netherlands and Croatia — and the final against France.
Argentina's winning run in Qatar last year was the final feather in the forward's cap, having failed to secure the championship in four previous World Cups.
If the jerseys indeed fetch above $10 million, that could make the sale the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever auctioned off, Sotheby's said.
The most expensive individual jersey ever sold at auction was one that basketball legend Michael Jordan wore during his NBA finals run with the Chicago Bulls in 1998. It sold for $10.1 million last year.
Auction houses have increasingly taken note of sports memorabilia in recent years, considered a growing market.
The shirts are being brought to auction by US tech startup AC Momento, which helps athletes manage memorabilia collections.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the UNICAS Project, an initiative with a Barcelona children's hospital that helps kids with rare diseases.
The jerseys will be available for free public viewing when they are up for auction, from Nov.30 to Dec.14.Agence France-Presse
The newly crowned champions of the world boarded an open top bus and several, including Messi, could be seen singing the words to "Muchachos” while they waited for everyone to get on to travel to the headquarters of the Argentine Football Association.
The UAE stressed that Saudi Arabia has exhibited a successful record in hosting prestigious, high-profile events, which underscores that the country will endeavour to deliver an exceptional edition of this tournament to the world.
Pakistan created history on Tuesday as they defeated Cambodia 1-0 at the 2026FIFA World Cup qualifier first round match, Harun Hamid scored the winner for the host at Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad.
The value of the new Qatar Airways deal was not disclosed but is likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars. At World Cup finals, trophy and medal presentation assistants are dressed in the airline's uniform.
Considered as one of the largest chess events in the Arab world and Middle East, organized by Alef Group in cooperation with the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club, began with the participation of more than 1,000 players from 25 countries and will continue till Dec.18.
Show jumping competitions aim to enhance and diversify equestrian activities in Fujairah to keep pace with the development witnessed by the Emirate in various fields, including sports, entertainment, and others.
Gujarat Titans director Vikram Solanki on Monday stated that they respect Hardik Pandya's decision to move to Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2024 after the much-anticipated trade was confirmed by the Indian Premier League.
he UAE fans are gearing up to witness another high-voltage cricket spectacle, which promises as an action-packed 12 days at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, as a new-look AD T10 gets under way on Tuesday.