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After the final whistle in the World Cup final, Leo Messi took the stage at the Lusail Stadium and received a black robe from the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The host country received quite a bit of criticism for “ruining” the moment of the flea, and the person who made the cloak in question, Muhammad Abdullah al-Salem, revealed its value.
The value of the dubious gift that the Argentine received before the wave is 8,000 Qatari riyals (about 8,000 NIS, or 2,071 euros). The tailor told several local media that the robe required seven stages of production and that it was handmade from a special fabric sourced from Japan.
The brand of the Al-Salem family is very famous in Qatar and has built a long-standing reputation among the country’s upper classes. The tailor claimed that he had received an order for two robes, one of which was longer and intended for Hugo Lloris (1.88 meters) and one for Messi.
And why is the garment so important? According to Qatari culture not everyone can wear it. The only one who can wear the robe in question all year round is the Qatari Emir, the highest authority in the country. Even ministers or people of importance to the regime are allowed to wear it, but only on important dates such as the country’s independence day.
Despite the enormous respect the flea has earned, not everyone wants him to keep the cloak. Lawyer Ahmed Al Barwani, who is also a member of parliament in Oman, offered the 35-year-old player a huge sum to keep the item from the happy moment in the Argentinian’s career in the East: “I congratulate you on winning the World Cup and offer you a million dollars for it.” Messi, for his part, has not yet responded to the offer and it is doubtful whether he knows about its existence.