The whole world is paying attention to whether Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain, 35), captain of Argentina, the ‘god of soccer’, will lift the trophy in the last World Cup. Fans from all over the world flocked to Qatar to see his ‘Last Dance’ in person.
On the 12th (local time), the American sports media ‘Yahoo Sports’ covered the story of Messi fans who came to see Messi from all over the world, calling it a ‘pilgrimage’.
For Messi, who is 35 years old this year, he has recorded 4 goals and 2 assists so far at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is virtually his last World Cup day, and led his country, Argentina, to the semifinals. The interest of the fans is growing even more. 토토사이트
Yahoo Sports reported that fans from all over the world, including Korea, China, Denmark, Australia and Bangladesh, are currently in Qatar to support Messi. Amrita, a middle-aged woman from India, expressed her anticipation, saying, “Messi is our god.” Shakib, from California, USA, said he had saved up money and traveled to Qatar for a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to see Messi play. “Money may come and go, but this (watching the World Cup) experience will never come again. I had to come to see his (possibly last) World Cup match,” he expressed his thoughts.
Abdullah, a teenager living in Kerala, the southernmost state of India, expressed his love for South American soccer, saying, “If there are two brothers in the same family, one will definitely be a Brazilian fan and the other an Argentine fan.” There were also youths from the state of Kerala who came to Qatar to cheer without a ticket to the match.
The media reported that on the 10th, a few hours before Argentina and the Netherlands met in the quarterfinals, the area around Lusail Stadium in Qatar was filled with jerseys with Messi’s number 10 and his name engraved on them. He added that it is evidence that Messi, a player from one country, Argentina, has moved the souls of dozens of countries, perhaps more than 100 countries around the world.
Messi’s best World Cup result was a runner-up in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Argentinian ‘original football god’, the late Diego Maradona, won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. If Messi, who finished the 2021 Copa America win and ended the jinx of’no major competition’, wins the World Cup, he will stand shoulder to shoulder with Maradona.
Argentina will have a semi-final match between Croatia and Qatar Lusail Stadium, where Luka Modric (Real Madrid, 37) is preparing for another last dance at 4:00 am on the 14th.