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Messi’s missed Copa penalty to be sold for 27,000 euros

Having retired from international football following the game, the ball Lionel Messi missed his penalty with against Chile in the Copa America final could be sold after a number of bids, the highest being 27,000 euros.

A third final defeat in as many years with Argentina took their toll on Messi, who turned 29 just days earlier, and he took the decision to stop playing for La Albiceleste.

The penalty heartache meant jackpot for one lucky fan, and Chilean Pedro Vasquez, who caught the last international ball Messi ever kicked, claims he has been offered huge amounts for it and that he may sell for fear of it being stolen.

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

“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.”

Wednesday was a bad day for Messi himself, who received a suspended 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud in Barcelona.

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