“The boots were auctioned off to raise funds for the Art and Health program at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital,” Christie’s said.
The sale price of $ 173,000 was the auction world record for a pair of football boots worn by the game, which were initially on display at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, according to Christie’s
Pelé, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, scored 643 goals for Brazilian club Santos between 1956 and 1974.
Messi’s remarkable goal tally for Barca spanned 17 seasons
German striker Gerd Muller came the closest to a Pelé club’s scoring feat. He scored 565 times for Bayern Munich between 1964 and 1979.
Fernando Peyroteo is next on the all-time top scorer list after scoring 544 goals for Sporting CP between 1937-49. Josef Bican is next with 534 goals for Slavia Prague.
Messi, who made his debut in 2004, won 10 La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with the Catalan club. He scored his first goal in 2005.