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Lionel Messi ended his illustrious career by lifting the World Cup trophy on Sunday night.

Messi scored twice as Argentina and France drew 3-3 after extra time. Then he helped his team win in the penalty shootout.

But when he went to lift the trophy, he was photographed and filmed wearing his Argentina shirt. The Athletic explains what it is.

What was Messi wearing when he lifted the trophy?

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani presented the cup to Messi.

But before he collected the World Cup and lifted it for the first time in his storied career, Emir presented him with a piece of clothing.

Messi slung it over his shoulders and then slipped it on as he walked over to his Argentina teammates.

He then donned the garment known as bisht for the lifting of the trophy.


Lionel Messi wore a bisht before the presentation of the cup. Photo: Getty Images

What is Bisht?

The bisht is an item of clothing that has been worn in the Arab world for thousands of years. It is a traditional men’s cloak.

They are usually worn on special occasions such as weddings and religious festivals.

Bishti has another meaning. They are usually worn by secular officials or clergy. This means it has the status of a garment and is associated with royalty, wealth and ceremonial occasions. It is the equivalent of wearing black tie in the Western world.

Is it common to wear local clothing during World Cups?

Absolutely not.

Messi wearing the tail will stand out when people look back on World Cup history. Arguably the greatest player of all time, the 35-year-old will forever be associated with the shirt and therefore the region where he collected the trophy.

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