Fans flocked to buy Lionel Messi’s No. 10 Argentina jersey throughout his World Cup journey. So much so that the jersey is out of stock.
The game day pre-match jersey, the Argentina 22 men’s home jersey, the Argentina 22 home women’s jersey, and the Argentina 22 home authentic jersey are all sold out, according to the official adidas website.
Argentina’s blue and white stripes have become a symbol of hope and celebration after Messi led La Albiceleste to their third World Cup title on Sunday in a penalty shootout victory over France. This is Argentina’s first World Cup victory since Diego Maradona and his team won in 1986.
Argentina’s streets have been taken over by fans celebrating the championship, and Messi’s jersey can be seen everywhere, even in the sky.
A basketball-style jersey is still available from the country’s official sponsor for fans looking for Messi merchandise. His Nike kit is also available for purchase at his club, Paris Saint-Germain.
Official adidas Messi kits with the newly acquired third championship star above the crest are now on pre-sale at Fanatics and World Soccer Shop. The jerseys will be available in the spring.
International pop star Bad Bunny was among those who wore a Messi jersey to commemorate the occasion. He shared photos of himself wearing the iconic kit with a message of congratulations.
“It was done!!!!” he wrote in Spanish. “The world champions!!!! Nobody deserved it more than you. Nobody fought harder than you!!! Messi is the GOAT!!!!”
Messi has long been a fan of NHL star Alex Ovechkin. When the Washington Capitals captain played in his 1,000th game in 2018, the team presented him with a Messi Barcelona jersey.
“I was very excited,” Ovechkin said of Messi’s triumph. “Of course, everyone knows he’s my favourite player, and to see him finally realise his dream and win the World Cup is huge for him, and I’m very happy for him.”