Messi's Napkin of Promise to Fetch Millions at Auction

Messi’s Napkin of Promise to Fetch Millions at Auction

Lionel Messi’s napkin, a relic from his humble beginnings, is set to fetch a staggering sum at auction. The napkin, estimated to sell for between $380,000 and $635,000, bears the handwritten promise of a contract made to the 13-year-old Messi by FC Barcelona’s sporting director, Carles Rexach.

The napkin, which has been on display in New York, serves as a testament to Messi’s extraordinary journey from a working-class family in Rosario, Argentina, to becoming one of the greatest footballers of all time. In 2000, Messi’s talent caught the attention of Barcelona scouts, but the club’s hesitation to sign him outright led to a protracted negotiation.

On December 14, 2000, at a Barcelona tennis club, Rexach, under pressure from Messi’s father, scribbled the promise on the napkin. The napkin became a placeholder agreement until a formal contract could be drawn up.

Messi’s subsequent career at Barcelona was nothing short of legendary. He won the Spanish league 10 times, becoming the club’s all-time top scorer with 474 goals. His departure from Barcelona in 2021 marked the end of an era, but his legacy at the club remains unparalleled.

The napkin, which has been kept by Argentine agent Horacio Gaggioli for almost 25 years, is now being auctioned off. The sale has generated immense interest, with experts predicting it could sell for much more than the estimated price.

The auction, which will run until March 27, will be held in New York, Paris, and London. The napkin is expected to attract bids from collectors and football enthusiasts alike, eager to own a piece of Messi’s remarkable history.

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