Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain will present an astonishing 35 gold-plated iPhone 14s to every member of the Argentina team that won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
With seven goals, including two in that storied championship game versus France, the great number 10 helped his country win its third world title.
The 35-year-old wishes to express his gratitude to his teammates for assisting him in realizing a lifelong goal by helping him win individual awards that have cemented his place among the pantheon of greats and earned him plaudits as the GOAT.
How Messi rewarded his teammates
According to Roy Nemer, Messi has partnered with iDesign Gold to give all of his teammates and Argentina’s coaching staff 24-carat Apple iPhones as a way to acknowledge their contributions to Argentina’s fifth World Cup victory.
The opulent gifts apparently made it safely to the French capital for distribution, according to a report by the Sun. Messi thanks his teammates from Argentina. Following a historic year, Messi was named the best player in the world. At the awards event, he thanked his teammates for their support.
“It’s amazing. It’s been a tremendous year, and it’s an honour for me to be here and win this award. Without my teammates, I wouldn’t be here,” he said via the BBC. “I achieved the dream I had been hoping for so long. Very few people can achieve that, and I have been lucky to do so.”
Messi named world’s best player
Messi was already named the greatest player of 2022 at FIFA’s The Best Awards, which were held in Paris on February 27. The illustrious Argentine attacker triumphed against Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and Kylian Mbappe of PSG to take home the top prize. With two goals in the World Cup final, Messi led the South American country to its third World Cup victory in Qatar.