The Argentine federation on Messi’s mantle: “You are definitely a king”

Buenos Aires: The Argentine Football Federation has expressed its pride in its legendary player, Lionel Messi, and posted on Twitter the image showing the gift of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad, the Arab cloak, “the Basht” , the player was first awarded the World Cup shield. Al-Ittihad commented on Twitter: “Absolutely… you are a king,” indicating that the Arab cloak is a symbol of prominent status confronting kings and princes. In context, the British newspaper “The Guardian” considered the Qatari celebration of the Argentine player to be a “culmination” by making him wear that black cape. The headline of the newspaper: “The World Cup in Qatar ends with the most important final and the crowning of Lionel Messi”. taleAustralian newspaper ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ said Messi “deserves exceptional treatment”, in an article to talk about the cloak he wore. He said: “He deserves exceptional treatment, whether it’s through his fans bowing down to him or Qatar’s most powerful man (referring to Emir Tamim) dressing him in a bisht.” And while some opposed Messi’s appearance in Arab dress at the celebration of awarding the World Cup shield, a number of media foreigners introduced that Arabic dress to clarify its importance and meaning. And the site web Indian “Times Now News” wrote: “The bisht is a traditional Arab dress worn by men in special occasions such as weddings, graduation ceremonies or religious ceremonies.” And the site added: “While some have claimed that Qatar tried to steal Messi’s much anticipated moment to win the World Cup, Qatari officials considered this gesture as a tribute to star sport”. Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general of the organizing committee of the Qatar championship, confirmed in statements to BBC Sport that the presentation of the bisht “was a celebration of Messi”. He explained that the Argentinian player wore the Arab uniform when he took the photos, and then took it off and continued the celebrations in the uniform and colors of his national team. Other accounts of media Westerners have criticized the moment in which Messi wore the Arab dress and they considered it an attempt to impose a certain culture on the coronation ceremony. Argentina was crowned World Champion after defeating France on penalties (4-2) in a thrilling final, which ended in a positive draw with three goals for each side during initial and extra time. (Anatolia)