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Lionel Messi's first contract with Barcelona was signed on a napkin, now it's up for auction

Feb 3, 2024

Its up for auction with a starting price of 300,000 pounds USD 379,000.British auction house Bonhams is selling the napkin in an online auction from March 18-27 on behalf of Horacio Gaggioli, an agent from Messis home country of Argentina who was part of the deal.The napkin, bearing the date December 14, 2000, bears the signatures of Gaggioli, another agent, Josep Maria Minguella and Barcelonas then-sporting director, Carles Rexach, who met at a tennis club in Barcelona. PTI | London | Updated: 03-02-2024 09:14 IST | Created: 03-02-2024 09:14 IST Country: SHARE Lionel Messi's record-breaking career with Barcelona started with a contract written on a napkin. It's up for auction with a starting price of 300,000 pounds (USD 379,000). British auction house Bonhams is selling the napkin in an online auction from March 18-27 on behalf of Horacio Gaggioli, an agent from Messi's home country of Argentina who was part of the deal. The napkin, bearing the date December 14, 2000, bears the signatures of Gaggioli, another agent, Josep Maria Minguella and Barcelona's then-sporting director, Carles Rexach, who met at a tennis club in Barcelona. It outlines an agreement in principle to sign Messi and was intended to reassure his father, Jorge Messi, that the deal would go through. A more formal and detailed contract with the club followed soon after. ''This is one of the most thrilling items I have ever handled. Yes, it's a paper napkin, but it's the famous napkin that was at the inception of Lionel Messi's career,'' Ian Ehling, the head of fine books and manuscripts at Bonhams New York, said in a statement. ''It changed the life of Messi, the future of FC Barcelona, and was instrumental in giving some of the most glorious moments of football to billions of fans around the globe.'' AP SSC SSC (This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) READ MORE ON:

Josep Maria Investments

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Josep Maria has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in Shargo as part of their Seed on February 17, 2016.

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2/17/2016

Seed

Shargo

$0.23M

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2/17/2016

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Seed

Company

Shargo

Amount

$0.23M

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Yes

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