The auction will be held between April 19 and 30 by Christie’s.
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Lionel Messi decided to donate a pair of boots Nemeziz 19.1, which will be auctioned for a charitable purpose. What makes this shoe special is that it broke a Pele brand with them.
On December 22, 2020, Messi certified Barcelona’s 0-3 win against Real Valladolid. The goal scored by the Argentine is recorded as the number 644 of his career, a mark that allowed him to surpass Pelé’s record at Santos.
The shoes Lionel Messi wore when he scored his 644th goal for @FCBarcelona – a record for any player with a single team – will be auctioned off by @ChristiesInc.
The proceeds of the @adidas Nemeziz Messi 19.1’s will benefit a Barcelona children’s hospital. pic.twitter.com/jqECpihKUK
– Boardroom (@boardroom) April 16, 2021
That afternoon, Lionel Messi wore a pair of Nemeziz 19.1 ankle boots. At the end of the game, the Argentine donated the shoes to the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), to be auctioned by Christie’s April 19-30, 2021. The money raised will go to the Art and Health project at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona.
“Reaching the record of scoring 644 goals for the same club made me very happy, but I think it is even more important to be able to help all the sick children who are struggling to try to heal. We hope that this auction will serve to give greater visibility to this extraordinary initiative. I would like to thank everyone for their support of this cause that is so important to me, ”said the Argentine footballer.
Messi’s Nemeziz 19.1 boots are auctioned between 57 and 80 thousand euros😱🔵🔴👀
https://t.co/wX7lXoElG0 #Messi | #Barcelona | #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/NFWMvoFPwM
– TUDN MEX (@TUDNMEX) April 15, 2021
It is estimated that the footballer’s footwear is valued from $ 70,000 to $ 100,000 approximately.
The capital of FC Barcelona comes from being a participant in another charitable act. Messi gave away three autographed shirts as a token of appreciation to the Chinese pharmaceutical company, Sinovac Bioyech. The company donated 50,000 doses of Baconiana against Covid-19, to Conmebol.