Post link 24 July 2015, 16:18
Football - Good Week, Bad Week

By Marcus Foley
.Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba shakes the hand of soccer star Lionel Messi at the construction site of a new soccer stadium in Port-Gentil, Gabo...

Congratulations to Lionel Messi for managing to annoy absolutely everyone with a trip to Gabon this week.

Firstly, he irked most people outside Gabon for even going to the country, with reports that he was paid some €3.5 million to show up by President Ali Bongo Ondimba (something denied by the Gabonese government), a man who among other things has been accused of electoral fraud and having a rather spicy record on human rights.

And then, while there, he succeeded in vexing the Gabonese opposition party the Union du Peuple Gabonais, who weren't happy with Messi's choice of attire.

They released a statement that said: “The messiah of football arrived in Gabon like he was going to a zoo: dirty, unshaven and his hands in his pockets, looking for peanuts to throw to them!

“When you’re called Lionel Messi and you’re a multi-billionaire, you don’t have the right to present yourself to officials of a republic, even a banana one, with your hands in the pockets of a ripped, tattered pair of shorts.

“Gabon isn’t a zoo. We don’t know what the Argentine came to Gabon for, but we at least have the right to denounce his negligence and his lack of respect for standards and principles. We are uneasy with Messi’s attitude and his attire. Only for these reasons, linked to respect for the host country, do we condemn the footballer’s indelicateness, to say the least!”

If you're going to annoy someone, you might as well annoy everyone.

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