Messi’s unexpected gift for Nadal

Messi's surprise gift for Nadal
One year after winning the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi suddenly gave the number 10 shirt he wore in the historic final to famous Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal. This shirt has 3 stars embroidered on the chest, symbolizing Argentina’s 3 World Cup wins: 1978, 1986, 2022, along with the signature of the star who currently plays for Inter Miami Club in the US Major League Soccer. (MLS). Besides, the former Barca star also wrote the words: “For Rafa, with a lot of love and admiration” on this shirt.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Messi’s shirt is currently on display at Nadal’s museum, along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes, and a ball signed by many football legends. Also added, when asked about Messi when he was playing for Barca, Nadal admitted that, as a VIP fan of Real Madrid, he had to endure Messi many times.

“In the Spanish National Championship, we were fortunate to witness Messi play during the best years of his sporting career. Messi has given us very special moments, and is one of the top players in the history of football and sports. But it was Messi who made me and many other Real fans have to endure him,” Nadal said.


As the owner of 22 Grand Slam titles, Rafael Nadal owns an enviable sportswear collection, including Michael Jordan’s jersey, Usain Bolt’s sneakers, and a racer’s helmet. Sebastian Vettel, golfer Tiger Woods’ club, Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes or super fisherman Michael Phelps’s swimsuit, and recently Messi’s jersey.

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