When Hawass was asked by journalists how Messi’s reaction was compared to that of Hollywood movie star Will Smith, who also toured the Pyramids with Hawass earlier this month, he said, “Messi is an idiot. And I am sorry to say that. “I was explaining the antiquities to him and there’s no reaction in his face. I was explaining things that would make a rock react, but he was just like an idiot.”
However in a statement yesterday, Hawass said he was expressing anger over an inefficient interpreter when he was interviewed on the telephone by a talk show host. He made no mention of an interpreter in his original comments on Messi.
Hawass, a former antiquities minister, added that he would like to take Messi to visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the southern city of Luxor if he were to visit Egypt again