Lionel Messi's used tissue from Barcelona farewell presser up for sale
Lionel Messi might have left Barcelona, but the tissue he used to wipe his tears during the farewell press conference hasn't.
The tissue is now up for auction with a whopping starting price of $1 million on an international platform named Meikeduo. After a tearful Messi left the event, someone from the venue picked up the tissue paper, and put it up for sale. The person reportedly said that the tissue "contains Messi's genetic material", which can be used to "clone" another version of the Barca legend.
Don't believe us? Here's a tweet:
Por si ocupan…— ZEL (@Mariazelzel) August 18, 2021
En internet se vende en un millón de dólares el pañuelo que uso Messi en su despedida. 💰 pic.twitter.com/c0gfTohsnl
Barcelona seem to have moved on with La Pulga leaving for Paris Saint-Germain. Head coach Ronald Koeman, speaking ahead of Barca's opening La Liga fixture at home against Real Sociedad on Sunday, had said, "This is painful for all Barca supporters. I understand it because of all that (Lionel) Messi has done for this club and the type of player he is. Again, we are talking about missing him because he is such an important player in the history of Barca. But I think we mustn't live thinking of the past. These things happen. People change clubs. Our young players are very promising for the future. That's why I am happy with the team we have."
At PSG, although Messi has started training, he is not yet match fit. In a scene which few could have predicted even recently, former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos applauded Messi, his eternal Barcelona nemesis and the all-time record scorer in Clasicos, as he joined him on the podium.
Italy's Euro 2020 star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum, and former Inter Milan right back Achraf Hakimi were all given loud ovations.
But nothing compared to the huge one reserved for Messi, a four-time Champions League and six-time Golden Ball winner.
He joined PSG on a two-year deal after his new deal with Barcelona sensationally collapsed and left him in tears.