Messi donates boots to Jordi Cruyff

The Barcelona forward has given his new footwear to the former Netherlands international, who played at Camp Nou in the 1990s

December is usually the time for gift giving and helping out those in need. So to keep up with tradition, Lionel Messi has donated his new boots to former Barcelona forward Jordi Cruyff.

Cruyff, who is now the sports director at Maccabi Tel Aviv, spent three seasons at Barcelona and four at Manchester United, but never quote lived up to his billing as the son of legendary Netherlands international Johan Cruyff.

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The attacker scored just eight goals during his time at Old Trafford, failing to find the net during the 1997-98 season, and later had spells in Ukraine and Malta despite a strong start to his playing career.

Conversely, Messi has scored over 500 goals for club and country, winning five Ballon d'Or trophies, and is rated as one of the best players of all time.

Keeping with the Christmas spirit, Messi donated his football boots to Cruyff - perhaps to help the 42-year-old find his scoring touch once more.


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Cruyff was delighted with the gift, writing on Instagram: "Really happy admiring the signed boots from the #1. Huge thanks for the present."