I have always wanted to know if international footballers make an effort to collect classic football shirts from other players. Gary Neville recently tweeted some of his including Maldini, Ronaldo and Del Piero.
I had the opportunity to find out what great shirts Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has collected over the years.
The German international and Arsenal man was doing a Q & A with Rafael Honigstein to raise awareness for Tribe charity and the Per Mertesacker foundation.
Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker and Rafael Honigstein
When asked what was the best shirt he swapped with an opposition he answered:
“I try to keep my shirts so I can raise a lot of money for my foundation. In the World Cup I swapped with the Brazilian Fred – he retired as well – I think he wanted to finish on a low.”