Qatar University will convert the hotel room where Argentina captain Lionel Messi lodged during the 2022 FIFA World Cup into a mini museum.
According to Qatari news agency QNA, the room, which was reportedly shared with Messi’s lifelong friend and former colleague Sergio Aguero towards the end of Argentina’s triumphant World Cup campaign, will no longer receive guests.
Speaking with Qatari newspaper Al Sharq, the Director of Communications and Public Relations at Qatar University, Hitmi al Hitmi, said, “The room of Argentina national team player Lionel Messi will remain unchanged and will remain available only for visitors and not for residence.
“Messi’s belongings will be a legacy for students and future generations and a witness to the great achievements Messi has reached during the World Cup.”
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was pivotal in his nation’s first World Cup triumph in 36 years, and was named player of the tournament after netting twice in the final.
The 35-year-old also scooped the silver boot after banging in seven goals as he claimed the one trophy that had always eluded him in his otherwise legendary career.