Nusret Gökçe, the famous salt chef that celebrities adore and is very popular on social media, was present at the celebration of the Argentina national team on the pitch of the Lusail stadium after the historic consecration for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
A few hours after the celebration, the Turk, nicknamed Salt Bae, shared on his Instagram account, where he has nearly 50 million followers, photos and videos of the World Cup match and Argentine footballers.
“Congratulations. Best Team,” said Nusret, owner of an exclusive restaurant in Doha, Qatar, frequented by Claudio Chiqui Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Federation.
In the networks, however, the chef has received strong questions about how he asked the players to give him the World Cup to be photographed.
Ángel Di María, Cuti Romero and Lisandro Martinez have recorded short images with the chef, who is very preoccupied with his classic tricks with the trophy. Meanwhile, the players are looking at him with hostile faces. Lisandro even refuses at all times to release the World Cup and to leave it in the hands of the chef, who insists.
Finally, Salt Bae made it and got his solo picture with the highest soccer trophy. “Thank you,” she wrote in her post, which has garnered nearly 700,000 likes.
He also photographed himself with Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Franco Armani, from whom he took the champion’s medal to put it between his teeth.
The situation was so unfortunate that now an American tournament has written off the Turkish chef. The organization of the US Open Cup, one of the major soccer tournaments in the United States, has announced that it will be persona non grata in the final of the event in 2023.
The US Open Cup is a tournament organized by the United States Soccer Federation, in which all Major League Soccer teams participate and the champion gets a place in the Concacaf Champions League.
The Turk had already met Lionel Messi in his restaurant, where many sports personalities such as Robert Lewandoski, Paul Pogba and even Ronaldo Nazario have also passed. However, on the Lusail field, the Argentine captain’s discomfort could be seen when Salt Bae asked him for a photo in full celebration of the World Cup.
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