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Argentina vs. Panama: the emotion of Lionel Scaloni on the night that an entire stadium applauded him with the baton of Lionel Messi


The coach was a great protagonist of the National Team party at the Monumental. Tears, the dedication to his father and the song for Messi when he took the microphone.

"Give him champion, give him champion, give him champion, give him champion"...


The deafening cry comes down from all sectors of the Monument.

The more than 83,000 people roar for the world champions when the voice from the stadium announces each of the last names.

And when the tour ends,

the ovation arrives for the father of “La Scaloneta”.

“Lead tactically...Liooneeelll Scaaaloooniii”....


immediately there is a thunderous ovation and lots of applause.

The 44-year-old man from Pujato was invaded by a visible emotion, even though his procession goes inside, beyond smiles, tears, hugs.

He is introverted, but at the same time, located.

He knows his place and

gives prominence to the players

, beyond his enormous responsibility in eternal achievement.

"I don't know when it will happen again, hopefully in four years, but

you have to enjoy this achievement and see people united and happy

. I'm very grateful," Scaloni said after the end of the match that his team beat Panama by 2 to 0.

When it was time to go out onto the field of play, dressed in the same gymnastics kit as always, he stood behind the players, arms crossed.


he faced the game with the same seriousness as the World Cup.

Lionel Scaloni, in an unforgettable night.

Photo Juano Tesone

But as soon as he left the playing field, Scaloni could not contain himself, seeing his children, with whom he relaxed for a few seconds with pure smiles.


you can see tears in his eyes when he listens and sees how the fans sing “Muchachos”,

the hit that became all the rage.

He immediately put all his passion into singing the Hymn, sung by Ariel Ardit.

The emotion not only invaded Scaloni, but also all the players, when they were lined up for the Anthem.


Dibu" Martínez

went from dancing (requested by the fans, not only for him but also for Franco Armani) in pre-competitive movements, to crying like a baby.


Nicolás Otamendi

sang "Muchachos" like one more fan.


Marcos Acuña

, who had gone into a lower San Martín tribune to greet people, looked stunned at the public.

The same as

Rodrigo De Paul

, another of those who had left earlier to reconnoitre the playing field together with

Leandro Paredes


All footballers shed tears, which they share with their families, wives and children who were on their side to accompany them in a unique moment.

The moment that was so long awaited, especially for

Lionel Messi,

whose happy face revealed it, as did

Angel Di María

, who changed tears of suffering for joy and had his beautiful revenge to enjoy such a huge ovation. Like the Monument.

Lionel Scaloni, hugging Lionel Messi during the celebrations at the Monumental.

AFP photo

And there the kids from River were enjoying themselves,

Julián Álvarez, Enzo Fernández, Gonzalo Montiel, Germán Pezzella, Guido Rodríguez and Exequiel Palacios

, who not only played in this stadium, but also walked the River since they were little.

Now they are world champions.

The twinkle in the eyes was not exclusive to Scaloni and the players.

Also the entire coaching staff.


Pablo Aimar

, the most cerebral and emotional at the same time, to

Walter Samuel

(he turned 45 yesterday) and

Fabián Ayala,

the laderos, the teachers Luis Martín and Rodrigo Barrios, the goalkeeping coach Martín Tocalli, the physiotherapist Luis García, the doctor Daniel Martínez and even Marito, the historic prop man, who represents many people who have worked in silence for the National Team for years and who have waited so long for this moment.

It was difficult for the champions

to get into the game

, among so much hubbub.

It was logical.

It was an excuse to celebrate the third star.

There were screams with Almada's goal and

ecstasy with Messi's great free kick.

But Scaloni lived them calmly, faithful to his style.

He just relaxed again with the festivities after the meeting


And the climax came with the world cup.

And the Olympic lap.

Lionel Scaloni lived the friendly against Panama with the same intensity as always.

After the 2-0 win he gave free rein to the emotion.

AFP photo

There Scaloni was released.

He grabbed the microphone after Messi's words and began to sing to the beat of the fans: "That by the hand of Leo Messi, we are all going to turn around."

When both

the players and the public with Messi's baton yelled at him "La Scaloneta the bitch who gave birth to him", he had an emotional discharge

that generated relief.

He referred to his father: 

"Scaloneta's father is here and that makes me happy."

He warned that it was going to be brief and said:

"Football belongs to the players and they are the main people responsible for us being world champions."

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Source: clarin

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