What a cracking final that was on Sunday afternoon, a lot of viewers were confused as to why Lionel Messi had to wear a rob when collecting the trophy though.
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It has no been revealed that the robe is actually called a ‘bisht’, which is a traditional item of men’s clothing in the Arab world, often donned for special occasions and ceremonies such as weddings.
It was the Emir who presented him with the semi see-through black robe, trimmed in gold, which he would wear in the official trophy presentation and lift.
There are royal connotations associated with the bisht, as they are often worn by secular officials or clergy.
For those asking, the robe Messi was wearing on the podium is a bisht. It's ceremonial rather than royal. It's usually worn by dignitaries at weddings and other formal occasions. pic.twitter.com/Ms8rzwHGcX
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) December 18, 2022
Lineker and the BBC had best explain what the issue was with Messi wearing a traditional Arab desht (robe)? "Seems a shame", why?🤔
— Robert Carter 🇲🇦 🏆 (@Bob_cart124) December 18, 2022
Funny. BBC presenter Gary Lineker didn't seem bothered that Pablo was covering the Argentinian shirt with his blazer.
But was "such a shame" to see Messi's shirt covered by a traditional Arabian robe.
What's the real issue here Gary? https://t.co/NPKQbOguDi
— Robert Carter 🇲🇦 🏆 (@Bob_cart124) December 19, 2022