Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is putting up a very special pair of his football boots up for auction. The Argentine will do so in partnership with Adidas, to raise money for children who need it for treatment in the fight against cancer.
Messi previously donated the boots he wore when he scored his 644th goal for Barcelona, to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Catalan National Museum of Art). The superstar did so to mark a historic occasion, when he surpassed Pele’s decades-old record for most goals scored for a single club.
Messi surpassed Pele’s tally with Santos, when he scored in Barcelona’s win against Real Valladolid back in December. The Blaugrana talisman’s special pair of Adidas boots were then sent to the museum where they are currently on display. They are set to stay there for another month, before being auctioned off in April.
The auction will be to benefit the museum’s program for young cancer patients and their families. Messi also spoke about the wonderful cause in an interview following his record-breaking achievement.
“Reaching the record of 644 goals with the same club has given me a lot of joy, but the most important thing is to be able to give something back to the children who fight for their health. We hope the auction in April will increase knowledge of this great cause,” said the 33-year-old.
Lionel Messi has once again proven how his success is just as inspiring off the pitch, as it is on it. Hopefully the records can keep flowing for the Argentine, as can the gestures towards these great causes.
Report: Barcelona accept defeat in pursuit of Inter Milan striker
According to reports from Corriere della Sera (relayed by SempreInter), Barcelona have now given up on their pursuit of Inter Milan striker, Lautaro Martinez. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal season upfront with Romelu Lukaku, and he is a hot prospect in Europe. He has several skills that make him suited to a team like Barça, who have been chasing him for over a year now.
Inter were initially demanding northwards of €100m for the striker before the start of the 20/21 season. With their financial struggles, the Catalan club were unable to cope with their demands. However, the rumours linking Martinez to Barça did not die down in the months that followed. This is due to the Blaugrana’s dire need for a striker.
The Garnet and the Blue have been considering several options, with the Argentinian striker being only one out of a talented bunch including Aguero, Depay, Haaland, and more. Martinez was hotly tipped to join Barça, apparently wanting a union with his fellow Argentine teammate Lionel Messi.
However, with Inter’s meteoric rise to success, and Martinez’ key role in the team, it seems that he is no longer going to leave the club. The Milan based club is head and shoulders above all other teams in the Serie A, and look set to win their first title in eleven years.
The Argentine forward has played a huge part in Inter’s incredible campaign, scoring fifteen and assisting five in 30 matches this league campaign.
Antonio Conte has done a brilliant job with Inter, and he has also developed Martinez into a phenomenal striker; one who can both score goals as well as drop deep and create the play. With his immense pairing with Lukaku and the inevitable success of Inter, it seems impossible that a transfer is on the card for the young striker any time soon.