Exclusive Unveil: Lionel Messi's Custom Adidas Sambas by Designer Stepwise Celebrate His Football Legacy

Lionel Messi, one of the most legendary figures in global football, has been presented with a unique pair of customised Adidas Sambas which celebrate his illustrious journey. The mastermind behind this tribute is none other than the talented Argentine designer Stepwise, who has meticulously filled every corner of the trainers with symbols and tokens that reflect Messi’s acclaimed career on the field.

Crafted by the gifted hands of an Oakland-based artisan, the 'What The Messi' Adidas Sambas are a remarkable homage to an icon’s football journey. They sport a patchwork style, each piece a representation of different shirts donned by Messi over the duration of his career – from the well-loved colours of Barcelona and PSG, to the Inter Miami and Newell’s Old Boys jerseys. Symbols of his successful tenure with the Argentine national team are also woven in.

Adding a touch of the personal to the mix, the distinctive Samba tongue of the shoe showcases Messi's own logo, along with an embroidered 2022 World Cup winner’s patch. This testament to creativity isn’t Stepwise's first tribute to football's greatest star. Back in December, the designer launched the 'What The Messi' Nike SB Dunk Lows and offered them up for pre-order to fans around the world.

This time, he’s evolved these efforts even further, designing the Adidas classic in honour of the man himself, personally delivering the custom sneakers to Messi. Take a moment to relish every detail of these beautifully customised trainers, each an ode to Messi's journey, right below.

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