Football fans were left bemused after they saw Lionel Messi wore a strange black outfit before lifting the World Cup trophy that he has laboured for years after he led his team to beat a defiant French side on Sunday, December 18 at the grand finale of the World Cup.
As seen in the video televised live after the epic final in which Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the scores were pegged at 3-3 during the normal time, the South American icon moved up to his ecstatic teammates and finished the trophy lift while wearing a piece of clothes that had been gifted to him by the Emir earlier.
The black and gold cloak that was handed to Messi is called a bisht. The captain of Argentina was instructed to put on a ceremonial robe for his time in the spotlight.
A bisht is a lengthy garment composed of sheer material with genuine gold accents. The Gulf area sees it as a symbol of appreciation and respect and associates it with special occasions.
A bisht is typically worn by high-ranking officials, politicians, and other people of status; however, they are also worn in the Arab world for weddings and religious celebrations.
It was only appropriate that Messi would be invited to don one while Argentina basked in World Cup victory because the bisht is synonymous with celebration.