However, one particular Indonesian fan has taken fandom to a whole new level with the most impressive collection of shirts of the Argentine in the world.
Surya Wijaya possesses not only Messi’s Barcelona jerseys, but also his kits from his time spent playing for the Argentinean national football team.
“I have 200, to have the collection of shirts that I have today, I spent a lot of money and time in the last 11 years of my life,” Wijaya explained, as reported by Marca.
He added, “Many people tell me that I’m really crazy about having this hobby, but I tell them that it’s my life and my passion. I bought some of them in stores here in Indonesia, but most of them I bought on the web and they sent them to me, they are all original shirts, but I don’t have any that Messi has worn in a match.”
Wijaya then made clear his support for Barcelona later in the interview, suggesting his affiliation with the club predates Messi.
“I have been a fan of Barcelona and Argentina since before Messi, because I liked Riquelme a lot,” he added, before concluding, “The one I like the most is the model he wore when he won the Champions League, when he scored the goal in the final against Manchester United.”