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Playboy model Luana Sandien vows to pose naked with Lionel Messi's handkerchief

During a press conference Lionel Messi got emotional and was handed a tissue by his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and now that is up for auction
UPDATED AUG 25, 2021
Model Luana Sandien has made a bid of $600K for the handkerchief Lionel Messi used (Instagram/ @luanasandien, Marc Gonzalez Aloma/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Model Luana Sandien has made a bid of $600K for the handkerchief Lionel Messi used (Instagram/ @luanasandien, Marc Gonzalez Aloma/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Playboy model Luana Sandien has made a bid of over half a million dollars to possess the handkerchief that soccer player Lionel Messi shed tears in while announcing his exit from his boyhood club, Barcelona FC, earlier this month.

During a press conference on August 8, to talk about his departure from the club that has been synonymous with his name since his fans can remember, Messi got emotional and was handed a tissue by his wife Antonela Roccuzzo. The handkerchief that Messi used to wipe his tears on, was listed on an international auction site for a small fortune — 1 million to be exact. In the listing, the seller, Rojak Daily, claimed that the tissue contained Messi's "genetic material".



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Sandien plans to pose naked with the handkerchief

When Sandien spotted the item online, she wasted no time in bidding for it. "I bid $600,000 to get the Messi handkerchief gone, after that the ad disappeared," she said, the Sun reported. "I gave more than half the advertised amount believing I would win, but the ad disappeared after my bid, out of nowhere. The ad went off the air without giving more information about the outcome of the case, so we don't know if anyone bought the artefact, or if the advertiser gave up on the idea. I hope I made it."


And what does the Brazilian beauty plan to do if she gets her hand on the much-anticipated handkerchief? She plans to 'pose naked' with it if she is successful in her bidding effort. Sandien has appeared on the cover of Playboy Africa posing in a Barcelona shirt, which reportedly boosted the sales of the magazine by 50 percent. The 27-year-old, who lives in Barcelona, has previously told the Brazilian press "the [Barcelona] players are much hotter than other teams."

Messi announced his exit from Barcelona FC exit earlier this month after the Catalan club could not afford to offer him a new contract and joined PSG instead after a 21-year spell with Barca. During his long stint with the club, he won four Champions League titles and six Ballon d'Or awards, as well as ten La Liga trophies.

Sandien's Dubai controversy


This is not the first time that Luana Sandien has been in the headlines. In January this year, when Sandien flew to Dubai, she was making an 'essential work trip' necessary for her 'mental health'. But when she posed for steamy topless photographs for her Instagram, she received a ton of backlash. Taking to Instagram, Sandien uploaded a series of sultry images of the weekend. She posed in just a pair of white trousers and a headscarf as she hid her breasts with her hand. She captioned the photos in Portuguese, which translates to, "The beauty of the desert is that it hides a water well anywhere... (Antoine de saint)". And while there is no denying that Sandien shared some very steamy images, not everyone was impressed. In fact, many slammed her for not being sensitive to the country’s strict laws around dress code.

The model hit back after her topless snaps were slammed as 'obscene’ and ‘offensive’. "It was one of the best pictures I've ever taken, but I didn't mean to embarrass anyone," she told Daily Star at the time. “I was careful to cover my breasts with my hands, knowing that in the country it is forbidden to be naked, and even so I was threatened by haters.”