International Memorabilia

MESSI SIGNED JERSEY

Lot No
97
Description
While some of the greatest ever players have donned the number 10 jersey to name a few Brazilian legend Pele and Argentinian magician Diego Maradona. The number 10 jersey has now become synonymous with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The Argentine forward wears the number for both his club and country. Leo Messi started his senior career at Barcelona with the number 30. He had scored his first ever senior goal with that kit before switching to number 19 when he became a regular. By the start of the 2008/09 season Brazilian doyen Ronaldinho had left the club and Messi was given the iconic shirt. The rest is history, Messi has broken innumerable goal scoring records and has won every club trophy available at least thrice playing for F C Barcelona. Having scored more than 400 goals for the Catalan club since his breakthrough in 2004/05, Messi has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or four times.

When Ronaldinho’s career was on the decline and Barcelona’s team was out of form having not secured a single trophyin 2007/08, the club decided to let go of Ronaldinho. Messi has always maintained that Ronaldinho had helped his transition into the first team with ease. “He [Ronaldinho] was a great help,” Messi had said. “It’s never easy to go into a changing room at the age of 16 especially with my character.”In an interview with BarcaTV, Messi reveals how Ronaldinho had asked him to take his number before he left Camp Nou. "Before leaving the club [Ronaldinho] was coming off a few months where he was thinking about things,” Messi explained.“He had it on his mind that he was leaving and he told me to have his number. I took it without looking at what he had done with the shirt. If I did, I would not have taken it.”Ronaldinho and Messi have always shared a great friendship since their playing days. It was Ronaldinho who assisted Messi’s debut goal in La Liga.
Estimate
Rs. 1,50,000 - 2,50,000

Winning Bid

₹ 2,77,909

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Presentation comes along with a certification from Fanatic Authentic.

This lot will be offered without a reserve.