This is definitely one of the photos of the year.
An iconic shot that has gone around the world: Lionel Messi carried by the crowd on the lawn of Lusai Stadium on December 18 and brandishing the World Cup after the coronation of Argentina.
The image, which has been viewed nearly 75 million times on Instagram and generated more than 2 million comments, actually features a fake trophy.
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The Clarin site reveals an incredible anecdote that deceived all the actors present at the stadium that evening and explains how the fake World Cup landed in the arms of the "Pulga" without him noticing it.
After the victory against the Blues on penalties, two supporters in the stands, Paula and Manuel, saw someone close to one of the Argentine players Leandro Paredes pass.
They gave him a trophy they had made themselves hoping that person would get them a dedication from the midfielder.
The copy therefore has nothing to conform (which was indeed lifted by Messi on the podium) but looks just like the original, weighing five kilos, made of resin and quartz with gold paint.
The relative of Paredes took the fake trophy and took it to the lawn.
According to Clarin, two World Cups are then on the field at this time, circulating from player to player.
In the general euphoria nobody noticed this anomaly but it was the fake trophy that ended up landing in the hands of Messi who went to meet the Argentinian supporters then machine-gunned by the photographers.
The real World Cup brandished by Lionel Messi.
Just after this scene, a photographer present on the lawn heard an exchange between Messi and Di Maria.
Di María told Messi that he had made his lap of honor with a fake and that he was the one who had the real
one," the photographer told the Argentinian site.
Indeed, by scrutinizing the cup raised by Messi, a few small details at the base of the trophy confirm that it is indeed a copy.
The Argentinian striker would have been upset when he heard the news before putting it into perspective.
Regardless of the trophy held up, the symbolic image remains very strong.
The owners of the fake trophy were able to recover their work.
It was even autographed by five players, including Leandro Paredes and Angel di Maria, but not by Lionel Messi.