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Attackers in England: "Qatar enthroned Messi as if he belonged to them" - Voila! FIFA World Cup


The flea received the trophy dressed in traditional bisht, in the kingdom they did not relax: "the final stamp of an unhappy hostess", "an attempt to take control of the moment"

Argentina national team fans celebrate the victory in Buenos Aires (from YouTube)

The 2022 World Cup came to an end last night (Sunday) in the most dramatic way possible, when Argentina defeated France in a penalty shootout.

In the end, the image you will remember from this World Cup will probably be Lionel Messi, casually dressed in a traditional bisht, waving the trophy he has dreamed of all his life.

An extraordinary moment.

Emir of Qatar dresses Messi (Photo: Reuters)

"Why did this happen? There is no reason to do it," exclaims former Argentina player Pablo Sabaleta.

Gary Lineker added: "It's a shame, it was a magical moment and they covered his Argentina shirt."

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While these commentators were mildly amused, the English journalist Ian Herbert published a scathing column in the "Daily Mail" attacking the decision - and the entire World Cup in Qatar.

"In the end, the Emir of Qatar dressed Messi in a black robe, which was the final stamp of a hapless hostess, who enthroned him as if he belonged to her," wrote Herbert.

"Messi, the player of the tournament, seemed indifferent but agreed to this photo session. He took off his robe immediately after the wave."


Herbert added: "The Qataris had already acquired Messi and Mbappe as part of their takeover of Paris Saint-Germain, so even in the World Cup final they knew they would come away with a winner. Gianni Infantino, Qatar's chief cheerleader, can surely look forward to a life of wealth in Doha." , a place that became a home for him. In the end it was Messi and Ambape - not the Qatari millionaires - who gave us something to besiege. We are leaving Qatar without any emotion, without any intention of returning to this soulless desert."

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"Sky Sport" reporter Kaba Solakol was a little more restrained: "We haven't seen anything like this in the World Cup final before, it's an image that will be regretted forever. Usually, when a captain lifts the trophy, he wears his country's shirt, and Argentina's shirt is one of the most famous in the world of football. Some people will say that this is a sign that Qatar is trying to take control of the moment. Every time they see this picture, they will remember that it was a World Cup in the Arab world, held in Qatar. But Messi is the one who decided to wear the cloak. He is in an Arab country and for him it is a great honor. Let's not jump to conclusions. If Messi agreed to this, who are we to judge him?"

  • FIFA World Cup

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  • Lionel Messi

  • World Cup 2022

  • Argentina national team

Source: walla

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