According to The Telegraph Lionel Messi, a very popular Barcelona soccer player, made a huge mistake by going to the country of Gabon. Lionel Messi is world renowned for being a star player on the Barcelona team. The human rights foundation has criticized him for a trip that he took to Gabon on 17 July. This star player claims to be showing enthusiastic support for the dictatorship that has currently been going on in that country. The president of Gabon is Ali Bongo and has been been accused of atrocious acts in the country. Gabon is a very small central African country and the Bongo family has been serving as political leaders ever since 1967.
According to the human rights foundation, the Bongo family has exerted complete and total control over the politics, economics, and the society of Gabon since that time. The worst accusation against this Gabonese president is that he and his high-ranking colleagues have been involved in atrocious murders of children in order to do a ritual. It is stated that these political leaders kidnapped and sacrificed children each year in order to perform a rituals of cannibalism to maintain the power and the money in the country. Even though this seems like it is something unheard of to me, in reality there have been thousands of people that have gone to human rights because of those atrocities. Apart from that, the president has been accused of many other atrocious scandals, and the French police have raided his villa in France because of those accusations.
It is not known if the Barcelona and star player knew about any of the scandal that was associated with the president. Lionel Messi is an avid supporter of children’s rights, and he even serves as an ambassador of the UNICEF in order to promote the education of youth. Human rights activists are very disappointed with the star player, because this country has committed many asked against human rights.
Apart from the atrocious behavior of the president of Gabon, Messi was also criticized by others because of his attire when he went to meet the dictator. Messi showed up in ripped shorts and a T-shirt and in that way he showed a severe lack of respect for the political leader and apart from that he has shown a lack of respect for the country.