Lionel Messi celebrates a goal in Inter Miami’s pink jersey. Photo by Reuters
Vogue has included the number 10 pink jersey Lionel Messi wears at his club Inter Miami in the list of fashion items that defined 2023.
The American fashion magazine wrote: “Immediately following the announcement, the generic Inter Miami jersey, in an unexpected shade of un–Barbie pink, sold out, giving rise to a rich bootleg industry. Now, nearly five months later, the official Messi jersey, sporting his number 10, remains wait-listed in most sizes on the Adidas website.”
Messi joined the American club in July this year on a two-and-a-half year contract and immediately took the U.S. by storm. His jersey is always sold out and in short supply amid huge demand.
Ticket prices for Inter Miami matches have also skyrocketed.
Messi had an immediate impact with his club winning the Leagues Cup. They won all seven matches in the tournament, which featured teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The Leagues Cup was Miami’s first title in the five years since its establishment.
In 14 games for Miami, Messi scored 11 goals and had five assists. Miami also reached the National Cup final but lost to Houston Dynamo 1-2. The Argentinian did not play in the match due to an injury.
On Oct. 30 Messi won his eighth Ballon d’Or, the most by anyone. He also became the first player to win the most prestigious individual award in football while playing in the U.S.
He was Time’s Athlete of the Year in 2023.