Lionel Messi offered $1 million for World Cup bisht by member of Oman parliament


Ahmed Al Barwani, a member of parliament in Oman, has offered a sum of $1 million to Lionel Messi, the Argentine football star and winner of the Golden Ball award in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar, in exchange for the Bisht which was worn by Argentina. . The footballer who made Argentina the World Cup champion after a gap of 36 years.

Lionel Messi was featured prominently wearing the ‘Bisht’ traditional cloak, which Amir presented to the Argentine icon before lifting the World Cup trophy.

“On behalf of the Sultanate of Oman I congratulate you on winning the World Cup Qatar 2022…Arabi Bisht is a symbol of chivalry and wisdom. I am offering you $1 million in exchange for that bisht,” Al Barwani said in his tweet.

Bisht is a long, hand-woven cloak traditionally made of camel hair and goat fur. Its fibers were specially formulated for the harsh desert climate—both cold and hot.

For Qataris, covering FIFA World Cup star Messi in their most revered clothing was an opportunity to share their culture. While the invention of the sewing machine facilitated the mass production of these robes, royalty, dignitaries and sheikhs only wear handmade, woven and trimmed bishts.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi was in fine form from the start of the final, putting Argentina ahead from the penalty spot after Angel Di Maria was fouled and later playing a part in a flowing team move that resulted in Di Maria scoring after 36. Took a 2-0 lead. minutes.

Messi still had plenty of energy and was poised to score his second goal in the 108th minute, only to be cleared by a French defender after crossing the line.

*With inputs from agencies

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