A little less than 40 days before the start of the highest FIFA men's competition, the desire to have all the 638 sheets of the official World Cup album increases every day. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar have exorbitant values.
Latinamerican Post | David García Pedraza
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Every four years, when the men's FIFA World Cup has already designated its participants, fans are waiting for the official delivery of the Panini album, a booklet that has been present since the World Cup in Mexico in 1970, and which has been increasingly welcomed by all members of the family and society, since the fans for this championship do not exclude age, economic position or nationality.
Both the fans of the qualified countries and those that do not, do everything possible to fill the album completely, many of them to have a memory that they can treasure with pride, and others to take advantage of it in the future.
This market that moves passions, and money, within the framework of one of the most watched events in the world, is not exempt from controversy and the Panini album has stolen several headlines, due to the value that must be invested to obtain the most representative of each World Cup. For Qatar 2022, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar have been the most sought-after.
The Latin Stars of the album
Of the 638 sheets that make up the album, it is not uncommon for the great figures of football to be the most important to collect, and also the ones that would pay the most to obtain them.
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Only in Latin America, the price varies according to the footballer and the country where it is consulted.
In the case of Colombia, Lionel Messi's Gold stamp can be obtained for a value of one and a half million pesos, just over 325 dollars, at the exchange sites on the streets, while in Mercado Libre it costs 600 thousand pesos, 130 dollars and a little more. For its part, the base stamp is 50 thousand pesos, almost 11 dollars.
In Argentina, by Mercado Libre, Messi's base plate is priced at 5,500 pesos, the equivalent of 36 dollars, more than three times the price in Colombia, while the star's "gold, silver, bronze and base package" Argentina is sold for 40,000 pesos, almost 265 dollars. For greater economy, there are packages of three sheets where for 36 dollars you can get the base stickers of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Mbappé.
With the possible retirement of Messi, Qatar 2022 would be the last World Cup in which he would be, that is why the value added to his sheet increases without a ceiling.
The stamp of the Brazilian soccer player Neymar has also been one of the most sought-after. In Colombia, its Gold stamp is between 350,000 and 450,000 pesos (75 to 98 dollars) on digital sales platforms, while in Argentina it is obtained at 24,900 pesos (almost 165 dollars). In his native Brazil, the same sheet costs 4,000 reais (more than 755 dollars).
outside the region
Not only in Latin American countries is the fever felt to find the plates of the Qatar 2022 figures.
In Germany, Messi's gold plate is listed on eBay for 200 euros and the base plate for 20 dollars, ten times less than the gold plate. For his part, Neymar's "gold, silver, bronze and base" package is purchased for 720 euros, 699 dollars.
Closer to German territory, the foil of the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also on the rise, where his Gold sticker costs 200 euros, about 194 dollars, equaling Lionel Messi. It is predicted that this would also be the last World Cup for the Portuguese.
The Latin American region has been, along with Europe, the cultures that have football most present in their daily lives, and with the arrival of Qatar 2022 even more so. However, the world is also looking forward to this tournament that moves many hearts and is expected too much due to the atypical venue and the unusual calendar.
Just to get an idea, at the end of this article a total of 195,853,488 trading cards have been exchanged and 244,037,952 envelopes have been opened. You can see the magnitude of this event live here: https://paninistickeralbum.fifa.com/launch