One of Lionel Messi’s many appealing qualities as a player is that, in the wake of passing Pablo Alcantara as Barcelona’s all-time top goal scorer this month at the ridiculous age of 26, he probably did nothing so flashy to celebrate as go for a nice meal with his missus.
We shudder to think what orgy of self-congratulation Ronaldo has planned is he ever catches up with Raúl over at the Bernabéu.
Anyway – one company intent on celebrating (read: cash in on) Messi’s remarkable achievement is Adidas, who have brought out a pair of commemorative football boots that are very flashy indeed: the ‘Messi 371’s.
Available in a limited batch that matches Messi’s historic haul (371 pairs), the boots come with a 20 page booklet that celebrates the Argentinian’s most memorable strikes.
Aesthetically, they remind us of those most hallowed of footballing memorabilia, mid-90s Panini football sticker 'shiners'. Or just something Cristiano would happily wear to bed.