The picture is surreal: a jeep slitting crowd in the streets of Libreville with driving President Ali Bongo and the passenger seat a Lionel Messi unshaven wearing a torn shorts. This is the result of a communication operation more or less well put together by the powers that be, who had hoped that the Argentine star come and lay the first stone of the future stadium in Port-Gentil, for the African Cup 2017 Nations in Gabon. France Football revealed on Monday that it will cost him 3.5 million euros to ensure the coming of four Golden Ball.
The figure has something to talk, while the fall in the price of the barrel of crude oil has pushed the country into a serious economic and social crisis. An effort that Lionel Messi is the more popular he had to pay 53 million euros to the Spanish Revenue Service in 2014 after a tax adjustment on undeclared image rights from 2007 to 2009.
Good accounts definitely making the right friends is Samuel Eto’o who played matchmaker with Ali Bongo. In return, Argentina has also pledged to soon go with his ex-teammate home, in Cameroon, where the idol will create its own TV channel. Finally, for the record, note that, according to local sources, said first stone laid by Messi was once stolen.