What was the cloak that Lionel Messi wore to lift the World Cup?

What was the cloak that Lionel Messi wore to lift the World Cup? Lionel Messi of Argentina lifts the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Winner's Trophy during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar.
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Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup in a mysterious black cloak, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino insisting the 35-year-old should wear it.

Messi later took the cloak off during the celebrations but covered his Argentina shirt in the semi-translucent clothing item, in a strange twist to the trophy lift. 

Never before has a player been made to wear something different while lifting the trophy, with Gary Lineker on the BBC coverage stating that it was a shame that he had to cover the Albiceleste jersey to lift the trophy. 

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The cloak in question though is a bisht, handed to him by Qatari Emir Tamim. 

It's a kind of clothing item most often found in the Middle East, not just in Qatar but in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, too.

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.