Lionel Messi has reportedly splashed a hefty £175,000 on new Gold iPhones for his Argentina teammates and staff, who won the 2022 World Cup with him.
Argentina made a sparkling comeback following a shock opening defeat to Saudi Arabia to remain unbeaten and finally clinch the 2022 World Cup trophy in Qatar.
Lionel Messi was the powerhouse of Argentina’s World Cup-winning run. The seven times Ballon d’Or winner shouldered the burden of leading the team to the World Cup trophy and crowning his 18-year-old legendary career with the most coveted football trophy that has eluded his grasp in years.
In the breathtaking final against France at the Lusail Stadium, Lionel Messi put up a man-of-the-match performance, bagging a brace to keep the Albiceleste in control.
His PSG teammate and France top star Kylian Mbappe canceled out Messi’s brace in style with two quickfire double and a spot-kick to level the scores.
After the regulation and extra time, Mbappe forced the game to a dramatic draw but finally lost to the Argentines via penalty shootouts.
Lionel Messi converted his spot-kick in the shootout and was tipped as one of the greatest players who ever lived after he crowned his football career with the World Cup trophy.
While Argentina won their third World Cup trophy with the ingenuity of Lionel Scaloni and the quality of the side, Lionel Messi was the center of the conversation.
The Barcelona legend captained the Albiceleste to World Cup glory, with pundits claiming he has finally laid to rest the goat debate.
Lionel Messi was the second-highest scorer in the tournament and won the Best Player of the Tournament Award. He obviously contributed immensely to the Albiceleste’s World Cup victory.
However, Messi has demonstrated his large-heartedness and humility in a rather generous and shocking move toward his World Cup-winning teammates and staff.
According to the Sun, Lionel Messi has splashed a whooping £175,000 on gifts for his teammates and staff who made the team’s 2022 World Cup squad.
The report confirms Lionel Messi has bought 35 Gold iPhones for all his 35 teammates and staff who made the Argentina World Cup squad and crew.
A source close to Lionel Messi told the Sun the 35-year-old has commissioned the devices and had them delivered to his residence in Paris.
The report also confirms each player and staff’s name has been inscribed on the devices, including the Argentina logo.
The designer of the devices and France entrepreneur Ben Lyons reportedly said Lionel Messi met him after winning the World Cup in Qatar and wanted to do something special for his teammates and staff to commemorate that special moment in his career.
Lyons added they came up with the idea of having the customized iPhones for the team and staff.
Lionel Messi was obviously in high spirits after winning the World Cup with Argentina’s national team.
He had previously planned to retire after the World Cup but was forced to rescind the decision after winning the trophy.
His gift for the team reveals Messi deep joy and sense of fulfilment after finally winning the World Cup.