Bidding Soars for Messi Promise Napkin

 Bidding Soars for Messi Promise Napkin

Bidding started on Wednesday for a napkin where Barcelona wrote a promise to sign 13-year-old Lionel Messi, who later became one of the greatest soccer players. Early bids nearly reached $300,000.

In December 2000, Carles Rexach, Barcelona’s sporting director, agreed with agent Horacio Gaggioli to recruit Messi. Bidding for the napkin, described as ‘blue ink on a standard Spanish waxy napkin,’ reached £220,000 ($274,824.00) shortly after the sale opened.

The online sale ends on May 17, with a guide price between £300,000 and £500,000.

“It wasn’t legally binding, but emotionally, it signifies the deep connection Messi had with Barcelona,” said Bonhams Chief Marketing Officer Marc Sands.

Messi helped Barcelona win 35 titles, making a record 782 appearances and scoring 674 goals. He left Barcelona in 2021 and now plays for Inter Miami.

“If you love football, you’ll know about Lionel Messi defining football for generations. If you want a piece of that, this is the thing to get,” Sands said.

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