Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been offered $1 million (Rs 8.2 crore) by Ahmed Al Barwani, an Omani lawyer and Member of Parliament, for the bisht he wore during the ceremony.
Barwani took to Twitter to place the offer. He wrote, “From the Sultanate of Oman, I congratulate you for winning the World Cup Qatar 2022. The Arabic Bisht is a symbol of chivalry and wisdom. I’m offering you a million dollars in return for that Bisht.”
It was given to him as a “mark of honour” as he lifted the World Cup trophy in Qatar.
The bisht – a thin see-through traditional Arab cloak – was placed on Messi by the Emir of Qatar before he joined his euphoric teammates as they celebrated their nail-biting victory over France.