Condition: 7/10 Good. One little hole on the lower side. Small faint marks on the sleeve and lower front. Light wear to the rear name
Size: Adult’s Large
Chest Measurement: 41-43 Inches / 104-109 CM
Colour: Light blue & white stripes, gold trim
Seasons: 2005/2006 & 2006/2007
Player: Lionel Messi
Official Adidas Argentina home football shirt from the 2005/06 international season. Complete with Messi #19 on the front and back of the shirt in original lettering.
This is Adidas' superior 'player issue' version of the jersey. It features, a slimmer fitting design, heat bonded panels on the sleeves, Formotion logo near the lower hem, and player size name & number on the rear.
Condition of this vintage football jersey is 7/10 - Good. One little hole on the lower side. Small faint marks on the sleeve and lower front. Light wear to the rear name (see photos).
During the World Cup in Germany, Messi witnessed their opening match victory against Ivory Coast from the substitutes' bench. In the next match against Serbia and Montenegro, he became the youngest player to represent Argentina at a World Cup when he came on as a substitute in the 74th minute. He assisted their fourth strike within minutes and scored the final goal in their 6–0 victory, making him the youngest scorer in the tournament and the sixth-youngest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.
As their progression to the knockout phase was secured, several starters were rested during the last group match. Messi consequently started the game against the Netherlands, a 0–0 draw, as they won their group on goal differential. In the round of 16 match against Mexico, played on his nineteenth birthday, Messi came on in the 84th minute, with the score tied at 1–1. He appeared to score a goal, but it was contentiously ruled offside, with the team needing a late goal in extra time to proceed.
He did not play in the quarter-final against Germany, during which Argentina were eliminated 4–2 in a penalty shootout. Back home, Pékerman's decision to leave him on the bench against Germany led to widespread criticism from those who believed Messi could have changed the outcome of the match in Argentina's favour.
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