Barcelona and Argentine superstar footballer, Lionel Messi is in Gabon currently on request of the president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba to lay the foundation of the their multipurpose stadium that is about to be built to host the AFCON 2017 tournament.
However, Messi is catching a lot of heat for this trip to Gabon.
First off, a lot of media outlets are reporting that Messi had received $3.75 million to come to Gabon, and just earlier today, Gabon opposition leader has come to say that Messi “dressed like he was going to a zoo” while being received by the president.
A statement from the UGP (Union du Peuple Gabonais) said “The messiah of football arrived in Gabon like he were 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!”
Here are some pictures of Messi in Gabon