Lionel Messi cries at the start of a press conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. File/ AP
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Argentine star, Lionel Messi, the new Paris Saint-Germain player, did not know that the tissue paper that his wife Antonella gave him to wipe his tears during his farewell conference for his former club Barcelona, would be picked up by a person and announced that it would be sold for one million dollars.
This is what actually happened, after one of the people who obtained the precious treasure, the used tissue, after the conference placed an advertisement on one of the popular sites announcing the offer to sell the tissue paper that Messi used for one million dollars.
The person claimed that the tissue contained Messi’s genetic material that would allow you to clone a football player like him.
Messi has exciting stories with napkins, as he had previously signed his first contract with Barcelona when he was young on a food napkin, after a session with the famous Spanish footballer Carles Rexach, who admired him at first sight on the field.
The then Barcelona technical secretary Rexach asked for a napkin to seal the deal with Messi, who later became the best player in the world.
The paper napkin became part of history. The napkin has been kept in a wooden photo frame to preserve it. As Messi said, “Barcelona are more than just a club!”
During the farewell press conference, Messi said that Barcelona is the club of his life that he has played since he was 13 years old, and that he is very sad to leave the club he loves, and confirmed that he did everything possible to stay, as did Laporta (Barcelona president), but he indicated that The La Liga rules on financial regulation denied him longer stay at the club.
Messi said, “It is the worst moment of my life. I felt the love of the people and reciprocated their love and respect here.”
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez might be the deadliest attack in Europe but Barcelona’s success in the Champions League could rest on their increasingly mean defence.
Lionel Messi clinched an eighth La Liga title for Barcelona in 11 seasons on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante.
Messi squandered a couple of chances as Sevilla won its eighth consecutive match in all competitions thanks to a goal by Jules Koundé in the first half and another by former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic near the end.
Ronaldo was injured in the nose after colliding with the goalkeeper of the Czech national team during his attempt to get the ball. After the collision, Ronaldo fell to the ground bleeding, and the Portuguese medical staff rushed to rescue him.
A depleted Bangladesh will take on a confident UAE in the opening game of the two-match T20 series to be played in Dubai on Sunday.
Friday's match at the O2 Arena in London was the first participation of the Swiss, who has won 20 major titles since the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2021, due to the injuries in his knee and ultimately prompted him to decide to retire.