Lionel Messi has been in the headlines since he helped Argentina to win their third FIFA World Cup title in Qatar. The 35-year-old broke a number of records in his World Cup winning run and reportedly, Argentina's financial governing body has proposed to put the record seven-time Ballon d'Or winner's face on the thousand-peso bill.
After the World Cup, Lionel Messi was invited by the famous Maracana Stadium of Brazil to make footprints at the Hall of Fame. Messi became first person to win two Golden Balls at the World Cups and surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the most number (11) of Player of the Match awards at the World Cup matches.
On Wednesday, Argentina's financial newspaper El Financiero reported that the regulator bank of the country is considering ways to celebrate their win and honour Lionel Messi for his latest achievements. Although the bank authorities held a meeting for the same ahead of the World Cup final, the reports believed that Messi's face on currency notes was jokingly proposed by the .
The report by the Mexican newspaper read, "And before you think otherwise, this option was ‘jokingly’ proposed by members of the Argentine Central Bank, although the most enthusiastic directors, such as Lisandro Cleri, a fervent supporter of Boca Juniors, and Eduardo Hecker, a follower of Independiente , agreed on that a banknote with this design would awaken the collecting spirit of Argentines."
The reports also stated that the back of the note will feature a picture of La Scaloneta, which is the nickname of the Argentina squad led by Lionel Scaloni that won the Copa America 2021, the Finalissima and the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
The report added, "And on the back of the ticket? ‘La Scaloneta’ they say, has already done enough merit to be immortalized there, this after their victories in the 2021 Copa América, the Finalissima and Qatar 2022." Additionally, t he Argentine Central Bank directors, "Lisandro Cleri and Eduardo Hecker agreed that a banknote with this design would awaken the collecting spirit of Argentines."