The 34-year-old Argentine shook the whole football world when he left the Spanish football club Barcelona after 20 years of association with that club. His final press conference was a teary-eyed moment for the footballer as well as his fans and admirers all over the world.
In that press conference, the image of Messi struggling to hold back his tears has been permanently etched into the hearts of millions of fans.
It was indeed an emotional moment for all Messi fans out there as now an interesting piece of news related to the press conference that may baffle you.
The tissue which Messi used to wipe his tears during the press conference is up for auction on a website called Meikeduo and the starting amount for the auction has been set- wait for it- a whopping ONE MILLION DOLLAR. Yes, you heard it right US$ 1 Million.
Apparently, after Messi left the rather emotional press conference, an anonymous person picked up the tissue from the trash can and then put it up for online auction at the whopping price, perhaps with dreams to make a fortune out of the soggy tissue.
The caption of the auction read that this precious Messi merchandise contains his “genetic material” in it. So, potential buyers should know that in return for their dollars, they will get his genes, which can help them “clone” another footballer just like Messi.
The auction was live on the website until a few hours ago but now it has been taken down. And whether it’s been sold or not still remains a mystery and also raises doubts over the authenticity of the claims made for the tissue.
However not just tissue, many other Messi memorabilia like his signed Barca Jerseys are also being put on sale on online auction forums and being sold at large sums of money.
Messi is now on a 2-year contract with Paris Saint Germain where he joined his old Barca teammate Neymar Jr. of Brazil.