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Lionel Messi’s No.10 Jersey: A Lifelong Honor

Argentina Football Federation president Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Tapia has officially declared that Lionel Messi’s No.10 jersey will be retired once he retires from the national team.

A Unique Honor for a Football Legend – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

“When Messi retires from the national team, we will not allow anyone else to wear the number 10 after him. This number ’10’ will be retired for life in his honor. It’s the least we can do for him,” says Tapia.

A Familiar Attempt: Maradona’s Legacy

This is not the first time Argentina considered retiring the iconic No.10 jersey. Before the 2002 World Cup, officials, led by then-president Julio Grondona, attempted it, inspired by the legendary Diego Maradona.

FIFA Rule Thwarted Previous Attempt

The 2002 attempt failed due to a FIFA rule requiring teams to use numbers from 1 to 23 in the tournament. Consequently, Ariel Ortega wore the No.10 jersey during the World Cup in Korea and Japan.

Messi’s Remarkable International Career

Messi boasts 106 goals in 180 matches for Argentina. His impressive trophy cabinet includes the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup.

Uncertain Future and Aspirations

With Messi’s future uncertain by the 2026 World Cup, he aims to secure another Copa crown with Argentina in 2024.

Auctioning Messi’s World Cup Jerseys

Recently, six jerseys worn by Messi during the 2022 World Cup, including the celebrated No.10 jersey from the final against France, were sold for $7.8 million.

Golden Ball Triumph and World Cup Achievements

In the 2022 World Cup, Messi’s stellar performance included seven goals and three assists, earning him the Golden Ball award, making him the only player to win it twice.

In summary, Argentina’s Football Federation pays a unique tribute to Lionel Messi by retiring his No.10 jersey for life. This decision reflects Messi’s exceptional contributions to Argentine football and marks a significant moment in the country’s football history.

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