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Egypt's best known archaeologist called Messi an idiot


              FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, attends a gala dinner held at the Mena House in ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, attends a gala dinner held at the Mena House in ...

CAIRO (AP) — 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.


Updated : 2021-03-01 03:23 GMT+08:00