Greek man the first to have Messi lifting the World Cup trophy tattooed

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Lionel Messi was the star of the World Cup and most football fans in Greece and around the world were looking forward to seeing the Argentine legend lift the holy grail of football.

In fact, a tattoo artist in Athens shortly after the premier football tournament went to his own tattoo studio to immortalise his favourite moment in the event.

He believes that he is the first in the world to have a tattoo of Messi with trophy.


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As he wrote in a post on Instagram: "FIRST TATTOO EVER IN THE WORLD OF MESSI HOLDING THE WORLD CUP DONE AFTER THE FINAL!it was done at athens greece by artist @ozone.ofk on @raiden_division other artist aswell !!!"

Meanwhile, eyebrows were raised around the world after the Argentina - just moments before finally getting his hands on the prize him and Argentina craved more than all - was dressed in a robe by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim.

Having finally got his hands on the World Cup, his chance to lift the trophy was delayed as he was dressed in the robe by the Emir of Qatar with FIFA president Gianni Infantino watching on rather closely.

Called a bisht, the robe is traditionally worn at major occasions such as weddings and other events and signifies honour and prestige - the significance of the South American being dressed in one by the leader of the country was not lost on many observers.

The bisht is worn by men and is an Arab world-wide item of dress, rather than just a Qatari tradition. It is dark in colour with a light material used to make it. The trimming on the outer edges is made out of real gold. It is a tradition stretching back hundreds of years.

Mustafa Baig, lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, told the DPA News Agency (via Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned media organisation) of the significance of the bisht.

'So only a select few people would actually wear the bisht,' he said. 'They basically honoured him  by putting it over his shoulders. It’s like a mark of honour, and just kind of a cultural welcoming and a cultural acceptance.

'And this is a top occasion. I mean, there’s probably no bigger occasion, so they put it on him as a mark of honour,' he said.

Messi Qatar World CupSpeaking after the game to BBC Sport, Qatar's secretary general of their World Cup organising committee, Hassan Al Thawadi said it was significant in that it marked the end of a celebration of the entire Arab region and its shared cultures.

'It is a dress for an official occasion and worn for celebrations,' he said. 'This was a celebration of Messi.

'The World Cup had the opportunity to showcase to the world our Arab and Muslim culture. This was not about Qatar, it was a regional celebration.

'People from different walks of life were able to come, experience what was happening here and get to understand that we may not see eye to eye on everything, but we can still celebrate together.'

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