KINGS COLLECTION: The special reason Mircea Lucescu asked Lionel Messi for his shirt in the current UEFA Champions League

It is not very common for a coach to ask a rival player for a shirt, but Mircea Lucescu did it with Lionel Messi last November. As soon as the duel between FC Barcelona and Dinamo Kiev at the Camp Nou ended (matchday 3 of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League), he approached the Rosario and asked for the jersey.

Why were you so interested in the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s kit? Because he wanted to add the 10 of another soccer genius to his collection. In 1970, as a player for the Romania National Team, he got the Pelé shirt. Now he wanted to get Messi’s. And, fortunately for his cause, his wish was granted.


“In 1970, at the world championship, with an incredible Brazil, I was the captain of the Romanian team and, after the game (against Brazil), I spoke with Pelé. I was fortunate to be able to speak Portuguese and we exchanged shirts. I took the shirt home, I never washed it, it is stored, it is as it was at that time. I told Messi that I had Pelé’s shirt and that I wanted his to put it next to it “, declared the Romanian mister, in an interview with Clara Albuquerque, of Interactive sport.


Undefeated data. Mircea Lucescu was selected from Romania between 1966 and 1979. He played 70 international matches. In the 1970 World Cup he played 3 games as captain.

Did you know…? Mircea Lucescu’s best stage as DT has been with Shakhtar: 8 League titles, 6 Cups, 7 Super Cups and 1 UEFA Cup.

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