Salt Bae has been featured in a lot of articles these past few days, and not because of the way he famously puts salt on his meats. After the awkward moment with Lionel Messi, Dan Bilzerian brings the chef's name back into the news by exposing him publicly.
In a video he shared on his personal social media account, Dan Bilzerian, aka "King" of Instagram as he calls himself, shows that Salt Bae has been sending him messages since 2015.
Bilzerian, as can be seen from the clip, has never responded to him, but the Turkish-Kurdish chef has continued to send him photos and selfies for years.
In the caption of the video, Bilzerian writes: " "Everyone talking about how weird this Salt Bae is, I be knowing that for years [sic]", while at the end he adds: "What a f**king goofball."
It is also worth noting that these images were sent to Bilzerian even though he does not even follow the chef on Instagram.
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It all started with a video from the World Cup final, where the Turkish-Kurdish chef pulls Lionel Messi to take a photo together. After many attempts, he manages to get the desired photo but the reactions from social media users was overwhelmingly negative.
The chef may have finally managed to convince the top footballer for a selfie, but he failed to convince his followers that the Argentina captain knew him.
Messi deserves another World Cup for not giving a single fuck about Salt Bae pic.twitter.com/EIsM8lnc8S
— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) December 19, 2022
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So later, he uploaded on his personal Instagram account a video of Messi's visit to his restaurant in Dubai in 2018 to show that the two are "close". In fact, on that visit, the then star of Barcelona had with him the then midfielder of Manchester United, Paul Pogba, whom the chef took special care of.
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But instead of appeasing his followers, who criticised him both for chasing Messi and for holding the trophy alone, which according to FIFA only a very select group is allowed to touch and hold (such as former FIFA World Cup winners and heads of state), angered them the most.
"A video from 2018 won't save you, man ," a follower tells him, asking him to get his ego in check.
"You tried to force your way in and Messi showed you your limits. You lifted the trophy like you were part of the team and bit into their medals. You need to know your limits man,” commented another.
"Now you're trying to convince us that you're friends," added another follower of the Turkish chef.
In case your memory needs refreshing, Salt Bae first rose to meme legend status in 2017, which means that these messages began before he'd achieved global fame.
The Turkish chef first captured the internet's imagination because of his extravagant food preparation techniques.
However, for the time being at least, public opinion appears to be against the chef after his antics at the World Cup.
The chef - whose real name is Nusret Gökçe - actually broke FIFA rules when he walked onto the pitch following Argentina's victory and was seemingly allowed to touch and handle the World Cup trophy.
The footballing organisation's website states of the trophy: "Its current design dates back to 1974."
"As one of the most recognised sports symbols in the world and a priceless icon, the original Fifa World Cup Trophy can only be touched and held by a very select group of people, which includes former winners of the Fifa World Cup and heads of state."
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