Football fans were perplexed when they saw Lionel Messi wear an unusual black outfit before lifting the World Cup trophy for which he has worked for years after leading his team to victory over a defiant French team on Sunday, December 18, at the World Cup’s grand finale.
The South American icon moved up to his ecstatic teammates and finished the trophy lift while wearing a piece of clothing gifted to him earlier by the Emir, as seen in the video televised live after the epic final, which Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the scores were tied 3-3 during normal time.
A bisht is the name given to Messi’s black and gold cloak. Argentina’s captain was told to put on a ceremonial robe for his time in the spotlight.
A bisht is a long gown made of sheer fabric with genuine gold accents. It is regarded as a symbol of appreciation and respect in the Gulf region, and it is associated with special occasions.
High-ranking officials, politicians, and other people of status typically wear bishts; 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.