20 May, 14:00

The napkin that changed Messi's life was sold at an auction in London

The napkin that changed Messi's life was sold at an auction in London
A paper napkin, which has been compared to a document that talks about the transfer of Lionel Messi to "Barcelona", was sold for €653,000. Bidding for this sports artifact took place on the website of the Bonhams auction house.

The text on the napkin was written in 2000, and it was about the promise that the player would join the legendary Catalan football club.
While having lunch at the Pompeia Tennis Club in Barcelona, and having just received a phone call from Messi's father, Jorge, who planned to take his son back to Argentina, the club's director, Carles Reshak, grabbed the first thing that caught his eye - a paper napkin. He hastily wrote the text of the agreement on it, which in the future changed the course of Messi's football career. The impromptu deal was bolstered by the signings of Carles Reshak, Josep Minguella and Horacio Gajola. At that time, Lionel Messi was 13 years old.

"It changed Messi's life, the future of FC Barcelona and helped bring some of football's greatest moments to billions of fans around the world," said expert Ian Eling of Bonhams.
The napkin – only 16.5 x 16.5 cm in size – did the trick. That night FC Barcelona president Juan Gaspar finally confirmed the deal, this time on more serious paper. The rest is history.

The boy from Rosario scored 672 goals in 778 matches for the Spanish club, won eight Golden Balls. Messi is sometimes called "the new Maradona" for his technical play and high performance. One of the most gifted and talented attacking midfielders of our time.
The starting price of the lot was €351,000.


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