Lionel Messi is set to headline a Sports Museum in his hometown of Rosario dedicated ot the cities’ most famous athletes, with the Barcelona striker as the highest profile example.
With the help of private investors, the government of Santa Fe province (where Rosario is located) believes the museum could be finished by 2015.
“We have a lot of faith,” that it will be done said former Governor Hernes Binner, who explained that a large area would be reserved for awards, images and objects donated by the Messi family.
The Sports Museum will be located in a 32 acre area that had previously been used by the military. There is no word on whether Lionel Messi will be involved in the organization of his section. Perhaps his wax statue will be donated to the plot.
- Two time World Cup winners (1978, 1986) Argentina has seen some great goal scorers among its roster over the years. Terra invites to look at the Top 10 Argentine National Team in history. Photo: Getty Images
- Mario Kempes: Now a commentator, Kempes scored 20 goals in 43 games for Argentina. He was also the hero in the 1978 World Cup with two goals in the final against the Netherlands. Photo: Getty Images
- Herminio Masantonio: He finished with the best goal average per game of any player in the top 10, scoring more than a goal a game -- 21 goals in 19 games. Photo: Getty Images
- José San Fillipo: He was part of the national team for six years and socred an impressive 21 goals in 29 games. Photo: Getty Images
- Daniel Passarella: Despite beging a defender, Passarella made it into the top 10 scorers in Argentine history with 22 strikes in 70 games. Photo: Getty Images
- Luis Artime: He played for the national team from 1961 to 1967and scored almost a goal a game with 24 in 25 games. Photo: Getty Images
- Lionel Messi: Considered my most the greatest player in the world at the present, Messi has scored 31 goals in 77 games, but has still been heavily criticized by Argentine fans for his production for the national team. Photo: Getty Images
- Diego Armando Maradona: Considered by many the greatest soccer player in history, Diego scored 34 goals in 91 games with the team from 1977 to 1994. Photo: Getty Images
- Leopoldo Luque: He played 45 games between 1975 and 1981and netted 22 times for the national team. Photo: Getty Images
- Hernán Crespo: With an average of more than a goal every two games, Crespo came in second on the all time list with 35 goals in 64 games. Photo: Getty Images
- Gabriel Omar Batistuta: 'Batigol' is the all-time leading scorer for the natoinal team with 56 goals from 1991 to 2002. Batistuta won two Copa America's with that national team but went out with a whimper in the 2002 World Cup when the team -- which came into the tournament as a favorite -- did not make it out of the group stage. Photo: Getty Images