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Lionel Messi and PSG will have genuine ‘GOAT’ on their new shirts for the 2022/23 season

Lionel Messi is considered by many to be the “GOAT” of football.

The brilliant acronym, which stands for ‘greatest of all time’, has become synonymous with the Paris Saint-Germain star as he vies with Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona to be considered the sport’s number one in the story.

And while you all no doubt have a strong opinion on whether or not Messi deserves that title anyway, we can all agree that he and his seven Ballon d’Or trophies at least deserve to be in. the conversation.

Messi and the GOAT debate

But even though there are still ardent Messi haters who shake their heads at this statement, no one will be able to forget the ‘GOAT’ narrative surrounding the Argentine superstar next season.

That’s because Messi and the PSG squad will literally have the word ‘GOAT’ on their shirts for the 2022/23 campaign.

This week the French champions unveiled their new home for the coming season, cutting a look that splits a central white stripe with red trim on the club’s classic navy backdrop.

However, many more fans were pointing out what was going on with the sponsors on said jersey as opposed to, say, the centralized club badge and Nike checkmark.

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Messi will wear ‘GOAT’ on his shirt

Why? Well, because the Parisians were debuting with two sponsors that hadn’t featured on previous Accor-led designs: Qatar Airways and GOAT.

And with the airline sponsor taking pride of place in the middle of the torso, the simple four-letter word so often associated with Messi can be seen directly adorning the sleeve.

There’s something about the fact that you wouldn’t necessarily know the ‘GOAT’ detail was even a logo that makes it even better, so be sure to check out the shots of the brilliant design below:

It’s so, so good, isn’t it?

Who are GOATs?

Now, it’s all well and good that the ‘GOAT’ feature is an endorsement logo as opposed to PSG referencing the debate itself, but what is the company actually in question and what does it do?

Well, according to Goal, GOAT teamed up with PSG towards the end of last season as an official partner and it was agreed that their sponsor would be stamped on the sleeves of training, warm-up and match shirts. 2022/23.

It is an online platform, which has more than 30 million members worldwide, offering luxury clothing and accessories through primary and resale markets.

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Lille – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – October 29, 2021 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi during the warm up REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Lille – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – October 29, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi during the warm up REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

PSG Director of Partnerships Marc Armstrong said of the collaboration in April: “We are delighted to welcome GOAT to the Paris Saint-Germain family. Thanks to this partnership, GOAT joins the shortlist of partner clubs present on our emblematic jerseys.

“GOAT is the ideal partner for the club. It reinforces our position as a sport and style icon with fans around the world. Together we will develop exciting and creative experiences to delight fans around the world.

Come on, Marc, admit it… you just wanted to say: “GOAT is the perfect partner for the club because Messi is the GOAT. Don’t deny it.