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No Official Argentine Banknote Features Lionel Messi, Yet

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
22nd December 2022
No Official Argentine Banknote Features Lionel Messi, Yet
The banknote was designed digitally (Twitter)

The Claim

Argentina released a 1,000 peso note with Lionel Messi's image after the 2022 World Cup.

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After winning the World Cup, social media users circulated images of an Argentine 1,000 peso banknote purportedly featuring Lionel Messi's image. 

Messi's signature also appears on the banknote.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating photo and found it to be fake.

The Central Bank of Argentina did not make such a claim, and no official media outlets reported it.

Moreover, the Messi banknote design in the photo was digitally created.

Will Messi be Featured on the Argentina Banknote?

Users speculated Lionel Messi's image would be on the 1,000 peso banknote because the number must start with "10."

Lionel Scaloni, Argentina's coach, has won the Finalissima, the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and the Copa América in 2021, earning him a place on the banknote.

The Argentine Central Bank "jokingly" suggested this, according to El Financiero.

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However, the most enthusiastic directors, including Lisandro Cleri and Eduardo Hecker, agreed that a banknote with this design would awaken the collecting spirit of Argentines.

Argentine Won the 2022 World Cup Title

Argentina won the 2022 World Cup after a breathtaking final against France.

Angel Di Maria scored Argentina's second goal, adding to Messi's two earlier in the game.

With two minutes of extra time remaining, Kylian Mbappé completed his hat trick with a penalty, forcing the game into extra time.

The Argentine team won the penalty shootout 4-2 thanks to a penalty kick by Gonzalo Montiel.

France won the championship in 1998 and 2018.

Argentina has won the World Cup three times, previously in 1978 and 1986.

Lionel Messi was named the best player, and France's Kylian Mbappé won the Golden Boot award following a sensational World Cup 2022 final.

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