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What is the ‘bisht’, the cape Messi wore when lifting the World Cup?

After Argentina’s World Cup triumph, the Emir of Qatar gave Messi the garment that is normally worn on special occasions.

LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - DECEMBER 18: Lionel Messi of Argentina holds the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Winner's Trophy as he interacts with Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
Michael Regan - FIFAGetty

Thirty-six years have passed since Argentina were last crowned world champions and at the Lusail Stadium today, in dramatic fashion, Leo Messi and the Albiceleste lifted their third trophy after a whirlwind of a final where both Messi and France striker Mbappé shared the limelight. Both PSG teammates and the best in the game and possible heir to Messi’s throne.

Lionel Messi of Argentina
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Lionel Messi of Argentina Shaun Botterill - FIFAGetty

National Qatar Day

Just before lifting the trophy on the Lusail Stadium podium, Messi received a striking black and gold garment from the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The item of clothing is known as a ‘bisht’, a cape that is mainly worn by the Emir along with Qatari ministers and VIPs on Qatar’s National Day (which is today). The gesture was one of recognition for Leo Messi, who picked up the only major title he had yet to win.

The cape is also used by Qatari families for special and important occasions and it’s not uncommon for a father to puts the garment on his son to celebrate marriage and only the Emir of Qatar wears it all the time. The bisht garment is usually worn over the thoub, a kind of tunic that reaches down to the ankle and usually has long sleeves.