• Press release
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  • London
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  • For immediate release
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  • 15 April 2021



The Arts and Health Project of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Vall Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona

Worldwide - Lionel Messi has donated his adidas record goal scoring boots to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, and together they have decided to offer this historic item of sporting memorabilia in a charity sale to support the Arts and Health Project of the Vall Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona. This online auction will take place on between 19 and 30 April 2021.

LIONEL MESSI commenting on the charity sale: “Achieving the record of 644 goals for the same club made me very happy, but the most important thing is being able to give something back to all the kids fighting for their health. We hope this auction serves to really raise awareness about this great initiative and I would like to thank all for supporting a cause so important to me.”



Game-worn Adidas Nemeziz Messi 19.1, each boot signed ‘Lionel Messi’, with customisation originally detailed with ‘Antonela Roccuzzo’ (Lionel Messi’s wife) and ‘Thiago, Mateo and Ciro’ and their dates of birth (Lionel Messi’s three sons)

Estimate: £50,000-70,000

On 22nd December 2020, Lionel Messi broke one of football’s greatest records, scoring the most goals for a single club when he netted his 644th for FC Barcelona in their game against Real Valladolid. The previous holder of this long-standing record was arguably the game’s most celebrated player, Pelé. The famous Brazilian scored 643 goals in 665 competitive games for Santos, with Messi achieving his incredible feat in 749 appearances.

Messi, who had equalled the record in his previous match, collected Pedri’s pass in the 65th minute and calmly slotted the ball past the Real Valladolid goalkeeper to make the scoreline 3-0, before pointing to the sky in celebration, a familiar sight for football fans across the globe. The Argentinean joined FC Barcelona as a 13-year-old before making his first professional appearance for the senior side in 2004, aged 17. Messi has won a remarkable 10 La Liga titles with the Catalan side as well as six Copa Del Rey trophies and four Champions Leagues. On an individual level, Messi has won the famous Ballon d’Or on six occasions, a record in its own right for a single player.

The game-worn boots, used to score the record-breaking goal against Real Valladolid, have been signed by Lionel Messi. After initially being displayed at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the boots are being now offered for auction to raise funds in aid of the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital’s Art and Health programme.

The boots are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, and are estimated between £50,000 and £70,000.



Josep Serra Director of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya said:

“For over three years the Hospital Vall d’Hebron and the Nacional Museum of Catalunya have been working together to research therapeutic benefits obtained through the arts. The additional funds raised through this auction, due to the generosity of Mr. Messi, will allow researchers and art teachers to look beyond the already successful therapies and we would like to thank Mr. Messi for his generosity and support.”

Dr. Albert Salazar, Managing Director, Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron added:

“For the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital the funds raised through this auction will help us to continue to improve the health of many children and their families through the arts. I am sure tat the generosity of Lionel Messi and adidas will allow us to initiate further projects related to Arts and Health which are proven to have such a meaningful impact.”


The online sale will take place between 19 to 30 April 2021. More information on the lot, the registration process and the sale in general can be found under

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