The boots with which Leo Messi surpassed Pelé last December as the top scorer with the same team were sold this Friday at a Christie’s online auction for 125,000 pounds (about 143,580 euros), which will be allocated to a program of the Vall d’Hebron hospital.
After beating the mark of ‘O Rei’, of 643 goals, in a match against Valladolid, the Argentine star’s boots have once again signed another record by being auctioned for the biggest price ever bid for a used soccer shoe, a title previously held by the boots worn by Frenchman Paul Pogba in the 2018 World Cup final in Russia, sold by 37,000 euros.
After his historic goal 644, Messi donated his Adidas to the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), which agreed with the blaugrana auction them to dedicate the benefits to the “Art and Health” program, an initiative that the museum carries out together with the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and the Catalan Health Institute.
Through various activities, the project delves into the art as a therapeutic and preventive tool to improve the physical and emotional health of children and their families, a cause that for Messi means power “give something back to all the children who fight for their health“said the Argentine in a statement.
The boots, both signed by the ’10’ of the Barça, the inscriptions “Antonella Roccuzzo” (Messi’s partner) and “Thiago, Mateo and Ciro” (his three children) with their birth dates, a personalization visibly worn by the comings and goings on the pitch.
Even for the London auction house Christie’s, used to dealing every day with “wonderful objects”, it turns out unusual “match a pair of boots of such importance that they belong to a player who is still a hero and who continues to fulfill, “remarked to Efe Zita Gibson, director of private and iconic collections.