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Gabon is mad at Lionel Messi for wearing jorts

Jorts are awful, so point to Gabonese politicians.

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Lionel Messi is on vacation after a tough Copa America, and he decided to visit Gabon. Because he's on vacation, he dressed like he was on vacation, and Gabonese politicians are pissed.

"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," read a statement from the UPG party. "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."

Messi's t-shirt and sneakers were fine, but these jorts? Nah. Extremely wack.


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