The subtle details of Lionel Messi’s golden Qatar 2022 World Cup boots explained as Argentina talisman scores while wearing Adidas X Speedportal Leyenda against Saudi Arabia

    Lionel Messi is wearing a golden pair of specially customised boots for Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    On Tuesday, the footballing icon put his new shoes on show for the first time at the tournament as his country took on Saudi Arabia in their Group C opener.

    Messi used his golden boots to score Argentina’s first goal of the World Cup

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    Messi used his golden boots to score Argentina’s first goal of the World Cup

    Messi’s is sporting the new ‘Adidas X Speedportal Leyenda’ boots.

    They are gold in colour, but with blue and white details to represent the colours of the Argentina flag.

    The Speedportals also feature black lines around the back and have a few special details customised for Messi.

    First up, on the outside of the right boot are the names and dates of birth of his two oldest children.

    These read ‘Thiago 02 11 12’ and ‘Mateo ’11 09 15’.

    Thiago recently turned ten years old while Mateo is seven.

    The ‘Adidas X Speedportal Leyenda’ boots

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    The ‘Adidas X Speedportal Leyenda’ boots

    Messi’s number ten is of course prominent

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    Messi’s number ten is of course prominent

    On the outside of the left boot, Messi has the name and date of birth of his youngest child, who is four years old.

    It reads ‘Ciro 10 03 18’.

    Beneath that, completing the tributes to his family, Messi has the shortened version of his wife Antonella’s name ‘Anto’.

    On the inside of both boots, he has the Argentina flag and his number ten.

    Messi also has a ten on the back of both boots, with the left sporting an Adidas logo and the right sporting his own personal brand’s logo.

    Tributes to Messi’s family are written on the outsides of the boots

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    Tributes to Messi’s family are written on the outsides of the boots

    The colour is mainly gold, but they also feature the colours of the Argentina flag

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    The colour is mainly gold, but they also feature the colours of the Argentina flag

    It did not take long for Messi to put his boots to good use.

    Just ten minutes into the game against Saudi Arabia, VAR saw Argentina awarded a penalty.

    Messi slotted home calmly to give his country the lead.

    Messi was delighted to score after just ten minutes

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    Messi was delighted to score after just ten minutes

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