Updated 08/03/2021 18:55
The last Dance.
The last member of the Golden Generation has retired and with him is a great era.
After playing the incomparable number of five World Cups and five Olympic Games, Luis Scola said goodbye to the Argentine basketball team.
I am leaving in peace, I gave my maximum commitment and effort,
" he said.
Despite Argentina's defeat to Australia in the Tokyo 2020 quarterfinals and the end of the dream of achieving a medal, the excitement was beyond elimination. That feeling was not only experienced in the stadium, when the game stopped and both teams stood up to applaud it, but also in each fan through the networks, a recognition that also included the greatest representatives of Argentine sport.
Nobody wanted to be left without saying goodbye to Luifa, who became a legend for the Argentine National Team.
That is why today, the sports world surrendered at his feet with some wonderful messages via Twitter and Instagram, and among them, the best Argentine historical athletes: Lionel Messi, Manu Ginobili, Juan Martín Del Potro, Gabriela Sabatini, Luciana Aymar, Andrés Nocioni and Facundo Campazzo, among others.
"Your impressive career made you a great reference for Argentine sports and for the whole world ... Thank you," Messi wrote to Luis.
"How much emotion in that last applause !! Thank you @ LScola4 for teaching us so much in these years and for always leading by example. A great partner. Applaud standing up!", Manu Ginobili, old friend and colleague of Scola, had written early.
Your impressive career made you a great reference for Argentine sports and for the whole world… Thank you @ lscola4 !!
- Leo Messi (@Ieomessiok) August 3, 2021
How much emotion in that last applause !!
Thank you @ LScola4 for teaching us so much in these years and for always leading by example.
A great companion luxury.
I applaud standing up!
- Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 3, 2021
"Thank you for always, eternal Luis," wrote Juan Martín del Potro.
And Gaby Sabatini, another Argentine tennis legend, did not miss the occasion: "You will be missed Luis, you left us a lot, not only as an athlete, but also as a person ... The best for this new stage, all my admiration" .
And Lucha Aymar, the best field hockey player in history, in the preview of her Lionesses' match against India, also took a moment to express her admiration for Luifa.
"You will be missed Luis Scola, a benchmark for everyone. An example on and off the court. Thank you for your dedication and passion," wrote Lucha.
Thank you forever, eternal @ LScola4 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/wQs6cJFXZt
- Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) August 3, 2021
You will be missed @ LScola4, you left us a lot, not only as an athlete, but also as a person 🙌🏼🙌🏼👏🏼🏀❤️ the best for this new stage, all my admiration ❤️🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/BHpGwSSQG0
- Gabriela Sabatini (@sabatinigabyok) August 3, 2021
You will be missed @ LScola4, everyone's reference.
Example on and off the court.
Thank you for your dedication and passion.
- Luciana Aymar (@aymarlucha) August 3, 2021
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I choose to be happy to be at the precise moment when basketball applauds you standing up.
I'm going to miss you a lot, captain, it was incredible to walk this path with you… With all my heart, thank you.
- Facu Campazzo (@facucampazzo) August 3, 2021
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