Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona was an emotional affair as the Argentina superstar broke down while giving his farewell speech. As Messi stood by the podium, the crowd consisting of Barcelona players and media persons, stood and applauded their legend for over a minute and a half, with the player unable to hold back his tears. The 34-year-old bid farewell to Camp Nou after spending 21 years of his career and will now play for his new club Paris Saint Germain.
Messi’s transfer to PSG came as a major shock for football fans around the world and during his farewell speech, when Messi couldn’t hold back his tears, his wife Antonella gave him a tissue paper to wipe them off. Now a report has emerged that the tissue that Lionel Messi used to wipe off his tears during his emotional farewell speech at FC Barcelona is said to be on sale
The tissue, which was used by Messi to wipe his tears during the emotional farewell press conference, is up for sale for a whopping USD 1 million. The tissue was picked up off the floor by someone in attendance at the press conference and they have now put it up for sale on the international auction site, Meikeduo, with the starting price up a whopping $1 million. The seller has justified the price by writing in the description that it ‘contains Messi’s genetic material’ and can be used to ‘clone’ a new version of Argentina captain.
Notably, Messi has joined star-packed Paris St Germain after leaving Barcelona, the club where he had begun and expected to end his career. Messi had become the most desired free agent in soccer history after his attempts to stay at Barcelona were rejected last week by the Spanish league because the salary would not comply with financial regulations, with the Catalan club burdened by debts of more than 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion).
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino quickly made contact with his fellow Argentine after Barcelona announced last Thursday that Messi would be leaving the club he joined as a 13-year-old.
Messi won every major honor with Barcelona and was granted a tearful exit news conference on Sunday to signal the end of an era. Only Cristiano Ronaldo in the current era challenges Messi’s status as an all-time great.