Will Messi’s Face Feature on Argentina Bank Notes? National Bank Responds

Will Messi’s Face Feature on Argentina Bank Notes? National Bank Responds

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:21 PM
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  • The Banco Central De La Republica Argentina (BCRA) has responded to claim Messi's face will appear in the nation's bank note
  • It was reported that Messi could be immortalized with his face used money in Argentina note after winning World Cup
  • But this has now be described as untrue and not in Argentina's work agenda

Messi to appear in Argentina note?

There had been viral claims that seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi would be immortalized by seeing his face used in Argentina bank note.

But Fernando Alonso, senior manager of communications and community relations at the Banco Central De La Republica Argentina (BCRA), has refuted those claims by telling BOOM and quoted on GOAL: “There is no truth in this. This topic is not on the work agenda.”

Claim on Messi being immortalized

It was earlier reported that Argentina's Central Bank is considering putting Lionel Messi's face on the country's bank note.

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The move comes just days after Messi led Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar after they beat France in the final last Sunday.

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Lionel Messi with the World cup trophy after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen.
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The Paris Saint-Germain superstar played an influential role in his side's successful campaign in the tournament as he netted seven times, including a brace in the final.

Daily Mail and Football Espana report that there is a plan to have Messi immortalized in Argentina by placing his face on a banknote.

Argentine newspaper outlet El Financiero disclosed that the Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina is eager to mark the country's historic World Cup victory and has been working on ideas since last Sunday.

The general consideration is to have Messi's face put onto a new 1,000-Peso bill, with mock-ups of the 1,000-Peso note being discussed going viral.

2022 World Cup top awards

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Messi was crowned Player of the Tournament, after leading Argentina to the 2022 FIFA World Cup title.

The Argentina star netted a brace as the South Americans defeated France on penalties, to win their third Mundial star.

Messi beat Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe to the top award, while the Les Bleus forward won the golden boot after netting a hat-trick in the final.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.