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Journalist praises Lionel Messi for keeping one shirt in his impressive collection

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What do footballers do with the shirts they swap with opponents at the end of the match?

Give them to family and friends? Give them to charity? Or keep them all as memorabilia?

Well, for Lionel Messi, it’s the latter.

While the opponent that he swaps with is delighted that he'll be taking home the famous 'MESSI 10' shirt, Messi still respects the jersey he receives.

And we’ve seen the incredible collection he has in his house.

Messi has previously posed in front of a load of shirts that he has picked up from players he’s faced and it’s rather incredible.

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And earlier this week, Spanish TV's 'El Chiringuito' football programme got access into Messi’s museum of shirts.

Names of some of the best players to have ever played the game can be seen on the floor, on the wall and on the ceiling of the room.

But viewers may have spotted one shirt in particular - Kostas Manolas.

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Of course, it was the Roma defender that scored THAT goal to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League this season, devastating everyone associated with the Catalan club.

While it’s not believed that this specific Manolas jersey was from that second-leg, it was certainly there for everyone to see this week.

And AS journalist Tomás Roncero - who is also a Real Madrid fan - admitted that is was a classy gesture for Messi still to display his shirt.

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Roncero said he was “very impressed” that Messi hasn’t removed Manolas’ shirt and that it showed “what a good sport Messi is and that the Argentine deserved a huge amount of credit for the move.”

To be fair, it would be quite childish if Messi was to take Manolas’ jersey down from his collection but you can understand if it hurts him every time he catches a glimpse of it.

During that 3-0 defeat in Rome, Messi was anonymous and was labelled a “ghost” by the media for his performance.

Maybe he keeps Manolas’ shirt there to remind him of that dark day and motivate him to ensure something like that never happens again...

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