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#tamim bin hamad al-thani

Lionel Messi has finally earned himself and Argentina a World Cup title. While he was on stage receiving the trophy on behalf of his team as captain, Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hammad al-Thani shrouded him in a bisht – a traditional and formal Qatari cape – for the whole world to see. For some reason, Western media went wild. Many commentators seemed to be of the opinion that the sheer black fabric of the bisht draped over Messi’s shoulders was…