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What was Lionel Messi wearing while lifting World Cup trophy? Argentina captain dons bisht while celebrating FIFA title in Qatar

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At 35 years old, Lionel Messi finally achieved FIFA World Cup glory, leading Argentina to the 2022 title with victory over France in a penalty shootout.

The Argentina captain was already seen by many as the greatest player to ever live, but his accomplishments felt incomplete without having achieved the greatest glory a football player can achieve.

That glaring omission was erased as Messi won the 2022 World Cup title and laid his hands on the famous trophy.

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As Messi went to celebrate the victory with his teammates, fans will have noticed a black robe draped over his shoulders. That moment was immortalised in photos of the trophy celebration with the Argentina squad.

Lionel Messi wears bisht from while lifting World Cup trophy

The article of clothing that Lionel Messi had draped over his shoulders while lifting the FIFA World Cup is a cloak known as a “bisht.”

The cloak is usually black, beige, or cream color and is often worn in the Arab world at formal events or other special occasions, such as weddings, religious festivals, or other monumental occasions. It is most often worn at those events by clergy, secular officials, or other high-ranking members of society at the event in question.

This particular piece of clothing was worn by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, while handing Messi his Golden Ball award recognising him as the best player at the World Cup tournament. Messi then wore the bisht as he received the World Cup trophy and brought it to his teammates to celebrate.

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Messi, as captain and emotional leader of the Argentina team, was a fitting recipient of the cloak, as it symbolised his status as the patriarch of this World Cup title squad.

The moment also ensured that Qatar’s mark on the World Cup would be everlasting, as Messi wore the bisht during the crowning moment of lifting the trophy, a moment which is captured eternally in images that will be seen and remembered for decades.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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