A UNIQUE Lionel Messi 2022 World Cup sticker has sold for £115,000.
It was the only one that framed the Argentine soccer star with a black border.
Henry Barrios found it among 300 packs of Paninis he bought in September.
The American realized it was the sticker world’s equivalent of the Holy Grail – and put it up for sale when Argentina won the tournament last year.
After white, the rarer fringes were blue, red, purple, and green.
All players only had one with a black frame, with the Messi sticker being the most coveted.
For the 2022 World Cup, Panini has decided to release a limited number of stickers for all 600 players with different colored borders alongside the standard white outlines.
It was sold at Goldin Auctions, New Jersey.
A spokesman said: “It was a very lucky find.”
A 1980’s Panini sticker by Diego Maradona sold for a record £470,000 in 2021.
This broke the previous record for a 1958 Pele sticker, which sold for £237,000 in 2020.
Last year a Panini sticker of a young Cristiano Ronaldo from his days at Sporting Lisbon in 2002 sold for almost £60,000.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7678013/unique-lionel-messi-world-cup-sticker-sells-sum/ The unique Lionel Messi World Cup 2022 sticker is being sold for a staggering sum