Don't you just hate it when you make a kindhearted donation to charity, and then quite literally upset an entire country of people in the process? That's the unique position that FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi finds himself in this week, as he unwittingly sparked outrage in Egypt by agreeing to donate a used pair of football boots in an appearance on Egyptian TV.
During his cameo on the well-known show, "Yes, I am famous" on MBC, Messi offered this unique donation for quite obvious reasons -- he is a footballer after all, and a match-worn pair of his boots can certainly fetch a high-price at auction. However, unknown to Messi, the shoe doesn't have a great reputation in the Arab world, including in Egypt, where its association with the lowly foot pretty much leaves it in last place in the unofficial clothes rankings.
Never mind that Leo didn't show the soles of his boots, Egyptians quickly took to social media to decry Messi's donation as an insult, with one particularly dramatic member of parliament staring down a camera in disbelief while holding his own shoe when the topic was raised in an interview. He then went on to threaten to attack Messi with the donated shoes as well, which is just lovely.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't I guess.
(h/t The Telegraph)