Messi’s missed Copa Amer­ica penalty ball for sale

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Lionel Messi’s last ever penalty for Argentina may have been truly cat­a­strophic and heart-break­ing, but the ball it­self is still set to be auc­tioned off for a mas­sive price.

The five-time Bal­lon d’Or win­ner stepped up in a penalty shootout in the Copa Amer­ica Cen­te­nario fi­nal against Chile, only to send it sail­ing over the bar as his side suf­fered a de­feat in a tour­na­ment de­cider for the third con­sec­u­tive time.

Hav­ing lost one fi­nal too many, with Argentina also beaten in the fi­nal of the 2014 World Cup and Copa Amer­ica 2013, Messi an­nounced his time with the na­tional team is over, mak­ing the ball that flew over the bar and into the crowd a unique item.

And Pe­dro Vasquez, who caught the ball, is plan­ning on auc­tion­ing it off and so far stands to earn 27,000.

“The truth is that if the ball be­comes any more valu­able, it would be a risk to have it in my house,” the Chilean said, as quoted by MARCA.

“I could sell it, it would de­pend on the cir­cum­stances. It is nice to have the ball, but if it keeps rising in price, I’ll sell.”

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