Argentina's financial governing body is planning to put star player Lionel Messi's picture on the currency note after their FIFA World Cup triumph. Financial news paper El Financiero has published a report regarding this. The report said the bank had made the offer "in jest". The officials had discussed it before the World Cup final.
According to El Financiero, Argentina's regulator Bank has held a meeting to mark the country's historic World Cup victory. In the Qatar World Cup final, Argentina defeated France 4–2 in a penalty shootout. Messi lifted the trophy for the first time in his last World Cup of his career. He also won the Golden Ball for the entire tournament with 7 goals and 3 assists.
Lisandro Clary, supporter of football club Boca Juniors and bank director Eduardo Hecker, supporter of Atlético Independiente club, agreed that such a banknote would awaken the collecting spirit of Argentines, the report said. According to the newspaper, there is a plan to print Messi's picture on a 1000 peso note. The officials want the number to start with '10' as Messi's jersey number is also 10.
As per the report, the reverse side of the note will have 'La Scaloneta' (the nickname of the Lionel Scaloni-led team) as a tribute to the coach. If the plan goes ahead, it will not be the first time that a sporting icon's picture will appear on the currency. Earlier coins were introduced in 1978 to mark the first World Cup victory and the 50th death anniversary of Eva Perón, wife of former President Juan Domingo Perón.
Messi's pictures are getting viral on social media after this news came to the fore. In these pictures, Messi is seen on a 1000 peso note. Sharing this picture, a Twitter user wrote, 'After Messi's victory in the 2022 World Cup, it is proposed to put his picture on Argentina's peso currency. Leo's picture will be on the 1000 peso note.