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A fortune: Lionel Messi’s “first contract” with Barcelona was auctioned

A fortune: Lionel Messi’s “first contract” with Barcelona was auctioned

The napkin on which Lionel Messi’s arrival to the Catalan club was agreed was sold for almost $1 million.

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The napkin on which Barcelona promised to sign Lionel MessiWhen he was 13 years old it was sold for 762,400 pounds ($969,000), the auction house reported on Friday. Bonhams.

The napkin was signed in December 2000 by the former Barça sports director Carles Rexach and the transfer advisor Josep Minguella, along with the Argentine agent Horacio Gaggioliduring lunch at a tennis club.

Messi became one of the best players in Barcelona’s history, with more than 30 trophies, and its top scorer with 672 celebrations.

Embed – Bonhams Popular Culture on Instagram: “The Napkin That Changed Lionel Messi’s Life and the History of Football. SOLD TODAY FOR £762,400 / $965,857!!!!! One of the most pivotal documents in the history of football is this famous and unique napkin on which the first promise of a contract was written to secure the 13-year-old Lionel Messi for FC Barcelona. It changed the fortunes of both the club and Messi himself who went on to become one of the greatest players of all time… And today we added to this history. Congratulations to the global team at Bonhams who worked on this amazing consignment!

He also won a record eight Ballon d’Or awards for the best player in the world and led the Argentine national team to the World Cup in 2022. Messi now plays for the American club Inter Miami of Major League Soccer (MLS).

“Yes, it’s a paper napkin, but it’s the famous napkin that was at the beginning of Lionel Messi’s career.”Ian Ehling, head of fine books and manuscripts at Bonhams New York, said in a statement.

“She changed the life of Messi, the future of FC Barcelona, ​​and was decisive in giving some of the most glorious moments in football to billions of fans around the world.”

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