Lionel Messi is always in news for his actions on and off the field as the Argentine is one of the hottest properties in the sports industry and has been so for more than a decade. Recently, Messi was in news for his heartwarming gesture towards his Argentina teammates as a story went viral which said that he was buying gold-plated iPhones for all his teammates and support staff.
The news broke out after iDesign Gold CEO, Benjamin Lyons announced that Messi was gifting 35 gold-plated iPhones each worth $186,000 to his teammates and the fans were amazed by the news that Messi was doing such a special gesture for his team.
But the viral story has recently been proven wrong by Argentine journalist, Gaston Edul, who took to Twitter to announce that it wasn’t actually Lionel Messi who gifted the gold-plated iPhones to the Argentina players and backroom staff but it was a businessman who paid for them.
🚨 It was an individual businessman who bought those iPhones with GOLD CASE for the Argentina World Cup winning squad, it WAS NOT LIONEL MESSI and he didn’t spend that amount ❌❌❌ [@gastonedul] pic.twitter.com/aMACA681UL
— World Champions ⭐⭐⭐ (@PREMIUMERZA) March 2, 2023
He wrote: “It was an individual businessman who bought the golden cell phone cases for the Argentine National Team squad. It was not Leo Messi and he did not spend that amount.”
The World Cup win with Argentina was a special achievement in Messi’s career as he has always spoken about what it meant to him and he fulfilled his dream in Qatar fans felt that his gift to his teammates was a way to commemorate the extraordinary achievement.
Fans find out Lionel Messi did not pay for gold iPhones
Fans have been left with different emotions ever since the news broke, we went to Twitter to take a look at how the fans reacted:
We noticed a fan who thanked Gaston Edul for verifying and correcting the previous viral story as the fan was worried as they thought gifting 35 gold iPhones each worth approximately $186,000 would have been very expensive for the player.
They wrote: “Thank you Gasti, I am calmer, I was worried about the economy of 10.”
Fue un empresario individual quien compró las fundas doradas de celulares para el plantel de la Selección Argentina. No fue Leo Messi y no gastó ese monto.
— Gastón Edul (@gastonedul) March 2, 2023
Another fan believed that it was pretty clear in the initial story as well that it wasn’t Lionel Messi who had paid for the iPhones as he wouldn’t have written the ‘World Cup Champions’ in English on the back of the phone and would have chosen Spanish instead.
They wrote: “It was obvious why it said “WORLDS CHAMPION CUP,” Messi is more Argentine, he doesn’t even say that in English.”
Era obvio por que decia “WORLDS CHAMPION CUP” , Messi es más Argentino que el mate, ni ahi te pone eso en inglés.
— Rodrigo Berrios (@workneverstop) March 2, 2023
We noticed a fan thanking Gaston Edul for such responsible and reliable journalism as he discovered the truth behind the viral story. Gaston is a senior journalist from Argentina who works closely with the Argentina National soccer team.
The fan wrote: “Do you know that you suddenly became THE reliable sports journalist in this country???? I no longer believed anyone, never change.”
Sabes que de pronto te convertiste en EL periodista deportivo confiable de éste país???? Yo ya no le creía a ninguno,no cambies nunca.
— Ana Lia Rios (@AnaLiaR24678035) March 2, 2023
So it has now been cleared that it wasn’t actually Lionel Messi who paid for the luxury gold-plated iPhones but no matter who did, the luxury gold iPhones will be special for every player and staff member as it has their names engraved on the back of the phone.
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