‘Lionel Messi is an idiot,’ says Egyptian archaeologist

Famed Egyptian Archaeologist Zahi Hawass said that Lionel Messi gave no reaction to his explanations.

By: AFP | Cairo | Published: March 8, 2017 7:20 pm
messi lionel messi, barcelona, messi barcelona, egypt, messi egypt, football news, sports news Zahi Hawass showed Lionel Messi around the Pyramids last month. (Source: REUTERS)

Egypt’s best known archaeologist has apologized after he angrily called Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi “an idiot” because the striker seemed to show little interest during a tour of the Giza Pyramids.

Zahi Hawass, famed for his Indiana Jones hat and TV specials on Egypt’s ancient sites, showed Messi around the Pyramids last month. In a TV interview, he was asked about the Barcelona striker’s reaction.

“Messi is an idiot,” he snapped. “I was explaining the antiquities to him and there’s no reaction in his face. I was explaining things that would make a rock react, but he was just like an idiot.”

In a statement late Tuesday, Hawass said he was expressing anger over an inefficient interpreter.

“I apologize to Messi and his fans for the misunderstanding,” he said.

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