Argentina national team fans celebrate the victory in Buenos Aires (from YouTube)
Lionel Messi landed last night (Monday) in his homeland, ahead of the pair of exhibition matches of the world champion Argentina team.
For the first time since the wonderful World Cup win, the Albiceleste will take to the field, and the demand for tickets is almost unprecedented.
Argentina will play their first home game for the first time in almost a year - first, on Saturday, against Panama, then on Tuesday they will meet Curaçao.
During the last month there were no less than two million people in Argentina who tried to purchase tickets for the games, and the Argentine association received 130 thousand (!) inquiries from journalists hoping to get accreditation.
The press stand, for those who were wondering, knows only 344 places.
The flea received, of course, a typical reception.
Hundreds of fans were waiting for him outside the "Don Julio" restaurant, and when he left it, the crowd rushed at him.
This is how it sounded before Messi left
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In Paris Saint-Germain, the situation is rather bleak, and Messi Lot's future is in the dark, but in Argentina "he is happy", as was written this morning in "Ola".
"He is where he wants to be. His smiles are contagious, and make everyone happy."
The one who will be the guest of honor against Panama is Fernando Romero, author of the fan song "Muchachos", who won the World Cup.
Romero entered the lottery, along with two million other people, as mentioned, but was unable to win a ticket to the game at Monumental.
"I wish I could get in touch with someone in the Argentinean association," he wrote on social media, and that is indeed what happened - the president of the association in his own right, Claudio Tapia, intervened and got the 30-year-old Romero a ticket.
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