FIFA World Cup | Messi ‘idiot’ taunt spawns mugs, T-shirts in Argentina

FIFA World Cup | Messi ‘idiot’ taunt spawns mugs, T-shirts in Argentina
FIFA World Cup | Messi ‘idiot’ taunt spawns mugs, T-shirts in Argentina
A man holds t-shirts with an image of Argentine forward Lionel Messi and a phrase reading “What are you looking at, you fool?” at a store in Buenos Aires, on December 12, 2022.

A person holds t-shirts with a picture of Argentine ahead Lionel Messi and a phrase studying “What are you , you idiot?” at a retailer in Buenos Aires, on December 12, 2022.
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“What are you , idiot? Get misplaced!” Lionel Messi’s World Cup taunt of Dutch participant Wout Weghorst has delighted Argentina, the place the phrase has made its approach onto mugs, shirts and different merchandise.

In a viral video on-line, Messi is proven being interviewed after Friday’s stormy quarterfinal clash with the Netherlands, when his eyes drift off digicam. He then launches his phrases within the route of the Dutch substitute — whose two late targets pushed the 2 groups into penalties — whereas the reporter struggles to get his consideration.

Argentina emerged victorious, however Messi fumed after the fractious match on the referee who gave Weghorst a free kick.

The sport’s world governing physique FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings towards each groups after a World Cup document of 18 yellow playing cards and a number of mass confrontations throughout the recreation.

Messi-Maradona comparisons

But in Argentina, a saltier Lionel Messi has drawn comparisons with Diego Maradona, a troubled genius identified for fiery moments each on and off the sphere.

Businesses wasted no time plastering the slogan on quite a lot of merchandise, with mugs promoting for 1,600 pesos ($9), T-shirts for two,900 pesos, and caps for 3,900 pesos.

“We made the T-shirts instantly. The phrase went viral as a result of in one other stage, Messi had a relaxed, low profile. But individuals needed him to have a little bit of Diego (Maradona) spiciness,” mentioned clothes designer Tony Molfese, 31.

For many in Argentina, the language Messi used is much milder than what might be heard on the streets.

“I assumed the phrase was nice, so harmless and tender” in comparison with what you often hear in Argentina’s sporting world, mentioned 67-year-old Graciela Squietino, who purchased T-shirts for her three grandsons.

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