Explained: Why a Manuel Lanzini West Ham shirt is among Lionel Messi’s star-studded collection

Explained: Why a Manuel Lanzini West Ham shirt is among Lionel Messi’s star-studded collection

There was a mixture of bewilderment and amusement when Lionel Messi revealed his vast football shirt collection.

Throughout an illustrious 12-year playing career the five-time Ballon d’Or recipient has worn the most coveted jersey in world football.

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As a consequence many have fought to swap with him and the Argentine playmaker has often obliged.

His immaculate collection includes a who’s who; from boyhood idol Pablo Aimar to adversaries Philipp Lahm and Raul.

However, there are some unusual inclusions, most notably a West Ham shirt emblazoned with Manuel Lanzini‘s name.

The Hammers and Barcelona, whom the 29-year-old has exclusively played for at senior club level, have never met. So, many are wondering how the shirt got into Messi’s hand.

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Well, the answer is quite simple, the duo who are Argentina teammates swapped club shirts whilst Lanzini was recovering from a thigh problem in January 2016.

The 24-year-old, who is enjoying a stellar season, described the moment on instagram as a “dream come true.”

For it to take pride and place at the centre of the wall behind Messi would undoubtedly be a confidence booster for the 24-year-old who is enjoying a stellar season.