Lionel Messi has donated the adidas boots he wore when he scored his record 644th Barcelona goal to the Catalan Museum of Art.
They will be auctioned off later this year, with the money raised going to help children fighting cancer.
“Reaching this historic milestone of 644 goals with the same club gives me a lot of joy, but what is really more important is being able to give something back to the kids struggling with their health,” Messi said.
Messi broke Pele’s all-time record for goals scored with a single club by netting his 644th career goal for Barcelona on the 22nd of December 2020.
“Together with Leo Messi, we have gifted the record-breaking boots to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona, anchoring his feet in the history of the city. They will be displayed in the Sala oval of the museum for one month before being auctioned off for charity,” adidas said in a statement.
“The benefits will go to helping children with oncological diseases and their families, through the Art and Health program – a pioneering initiative that the museum has carried out since 2018 with the Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron and the Catalan Institute of Health.”