A set of six jerseys worn by Lionel Messi during the 2022 World Cup, including the kit from the iconic final against France, is set to be auctioned for an estimated £8 million at Sotheby’s in New York.

The collection features shirts from significant matches, including the final against France, the semi-final versus Croatia, the quarter-final with the Netherlands, and pivotal group-stage encounters. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to charity.

The estimated price of at least $10 million (£8 million) could establish a new benchmark for ‘sports memorabilia collection’ sales, potentially breaking the current record set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals.

Sotheby’s head of modern collectibles, Brahm Wachter, expressed the historical significance of these jerseys, highlighting Messi’s iconic journey and redefining legacy in football. The auction is an opportunity for fans and collectors to connect with a pivotal moment in sports history and honor Messi’s unparalleled brilliance on the field.