Argentina considering putting Lionel Messi on BANKNOTES after PSG superstar fired them to World Cup final glory | The SunDecember 21, 2022
HOW much is Lionel Messi worth? Just under a fiver!
At least, that is how much the 1000-peso note, on which Argentina’s Central Bank is reportedly considering putting the great man’s face, is valued at in pound sterling.
According to El Financiero newspaper, officials at the South American country’s financial governing body are looking at options to mark their nation’s historic World Cup triumph.
Having a snap of Messi’s mug on the grand bill is said to be a preferred option as the figure begins with a "10" – the shirt number worn by the GOAT.
And on the back of the proposed bit of dosh it has been suggested that "La Scaloneta" – the nickname of Argentine boss Lionel Scaloni – will be inscribed.
This will be to honour his feats of winning the 2021 Copa America, the Finalissima against Euros champions Italy and victory in Qatar.
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Argentina’s Central Bank introduced commercial coins to commemorate the country’s first of their three World Cup triumphs back in 1978.
Messi is currently enjoying basking in his World Cup glory having finally landed the only trophy to have eluded him during his glittering career.
He scored twice in the unforgettable final which Argentina won on penalties after drawing 3-3 with France after extra-time.
Messi, 35, was named player of the tournament, though he was pipped to the Golden Boot by Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who netted a hat-trick in the final.
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Mbappe showed up for PSG training on Wednesday just three days after his final agony – despite being expected to be off for another week.
Messi is not expected to return to the French side until the New Year.
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