ARGENTINA produce 650 Lionel Messi shirts every time there is an international break.
That’s because everyone is so eager to get a hold of the jersey of arguably the greatest player of all time.
Emi Martinez (centre) has revealed how many Lionel Messi shirts Argentina produce for international matchesCredit: Getty
From players to staff to sponsors there is no shortage of interest and Messi would be leaving a lot of people disappointed if he only dished out his match-worn shirt.
And Argentina team-mate, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez, was curious about how many shirts exactly were made.
Martinez said on Amazon Prime Video: “One day I asked how many Messi shirts they have to make per game and they told me that between 200 and 300 for all the people who ask for them.
“We played two internationals and they made 650 Messi shirts ready to wear.
“The sponsors, players, staff, technicians, everyone wants one. It is a shirt of Messi.”
The Paris Saint-Germain shop has likely been just as busy since the summer with fans eager to buy a Messi top.
But sales may have taken a hit following PSG’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid with Messi the recipient of loud boos against Bordeaux on Sunday every time they touched the ball.
He and Neymar have been scapegoated after the loss with Rio Ferdinand also arguing their egos were partly to blame for the Bernabeu defeat.
Cesc Fabregas leapt to his former team-mates’ defence, suggesting some football fans have short memories.
But in the wake of Messi’s early Champions League exit, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo breaking the all-time goalscoring record in football with a hat-trick against Tottenham, Piers Morgan says there is only one true GOAT.
He points out Ronaldo’s goalscoring record this season, with his 18 goals in all competitions easily trumping Messi’s seven.