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Messi unveiled as Saudi Ambassador

Messi unveiled as Saudi Ambassador

Lionel Messi has been unveiled as an envoy for tourism for Saudi Arabia, regardless of beforehand being urged to reject such overtures from the households of prisoners within the nation.

A tweet from the Saudi Tourism Authority on Monday evening confirmed Messi together with his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Leandro Parades within the background, with the caption: ‘We welcome Lionel Messi and his friends to Jeddah to enjoy Jeddah’s historic heritage and the fantastic thing about the Red Sea – #Messi_Ambassador_For_Saudi_Tourism’.

Messi later shared a ‘sponsored by Visit Saudi’ submit on Instagram from a yacht with the caption: ‘Discovering the Red Sea in Saudi. #VisitSaudi’.

Messi poses by the purple sea

Back in February, after it emerged through The Telegraph that seven-time ballon d’Or winner Messi had been approached by the Saudi tourism board, households of prisoners of conscience wrote a letter that urged Messi to not become involved.

But even final yr, Messi was concerned in promotional work with Saudi Arabia together with his face seen on billboards within the nation. And he’s removed from the one sporting idol with ties to the nation.

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In 2019, David Beckham was criticised for agreeing to play in an exhibition match within the nation alongside his former Real Madrid team-mate Zinedine Zidane.

Unicef, for whom Beckham is a goodwill ambassador, has critcised Saudi Arabia for its battle in Yemen and mentioned bombing assaults had been catastrophic.

Furthermore, Amnesty International on the time launched an announcement urging sports activities stars concerned in Saudi Arabia to make use of their platform to name out the regime.