“The boots were put up at auction to raise funds for the arts and health program at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital,” Christie’s said.
The retail price of $ 173,000 was a world record, according to Christie’s, for a pair of football boots originally on display at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele scored 643 goals for Brazilian club Santos between 1956 and 1974.
Messi’s notable goal for Barca spanned 17 seasons
German striker Gerd Müller came closest to Pele’s one-goal goal. Between 1964 and 1979 he scored 565 goals for Bayern Munich.
Fernando Peyroteo is next on the top scorer list of all time after scoring 544 goals for Sporting CP between 1937 and 1949. Josef Bican is next with 534 goals for Slavia Prague.
Messi, who made his debut in 2004, has won 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League titles with the Catalan club. He scored his first goal in 2005.