THE Bish worn by Lionel Messi to lift the World Cup trophy reportedly cost £1,650.
Argentina triumphed in an all-time classic on Sunday when they defeated France on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw in Qatar.
Captain Messi then had the responsibility of lifting the trophy for his country in their fifth and final World Cup.
But seconds before he did, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar slung a bisht – a traditional men’s cloak popular in the Arab world – over his shoulders.
Messi then joined the rest of his teammates in celebrating with the iconic gold trophy.
It has now been revealed that the two bishts – each worth £1,650 – have been custom made for their respective captains, Messi and French skipper Hugo Lloris.
Qatar-based tailor Muhammad Abdullah Al-Salem was responsible for making the garments.
He told Esquire Middle East Arabic: “When we were asked to design this bisht, we were initially unaware that it was for the world champion.
“We were surprised that the bisht Messi wore came from our shop and I was proud to learn that our shop was the officials’ first choice to make this bisht.”
Speaking specifically about the design, he added: “The specifications required were that the bisht be light, which we later understood and seemed logical to us, and its purpose is for the winning team’s uniform to appear clearly from behind the are.”
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Messi won the Golden Ball for his sensational performances at the World Cup – including seven goals and three assists.
But he narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot as Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick scored eight goals in Qatar.
Argentina’s triumph is their first since 1986 when Diego Maradona inspired them to stardom.
And her fans celebrated by the thousands on Tuesday as they flocked to the open-top bus parade in central Buenos Aires.
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