A matter of colors: the passion for the "Albiceleste" and what a "green" costs in Argentina

A while before giving themselves the enormous pleasure of seeing Lionel Scaloni’s team on the field, a group of six teenagers graduated from the prestigious National College of Buenos Aires expressed their resignation. “We thought about it, but it’s impossible,” they said in chorus. For the cost of the ticket or for the stay? “For everything, for everything,” they replied.

While the wind that originated the yellow alert for the afternoon-night of today in the capital raged with its flag of blazing sun in its center, Lorenzo, 5 years old, did not think about anything other than being able to see Messi on the court for the first time. “The world Cup? There is no way, the dollar does not allow it ”, assured his father, with whom Lorenzo arrived by car from the Buenos Aires town of Suipacha.

It is clear: none of those consulted even managed to question the question. For everyone, Argentina is already classified for the World Cup, it is only a matter of mathematics to figure out when. Four friends from Pilar, in the north of Greater Buenos Aires, also rejected the possibility of setting foot on the Asian continent in just over a year. At least, Dolores was satisfied with having her absolute baptism today on a soccer field. For Lucia and Sofía it was their debut with Messi and the national team. And Micaela repeated, after having been on the same stage in that friendly with Trinidad and Tobago prior to Russia 18.

While the neighborhood of Núñez and surrounding areas was transforming into a vehicular chaos of proportions, someone was encouraged to say, in a low voice and glancingly, “we are going to Qatar.” Oscar, arrived from the city of Santa Fe with his son and daughter, all three of them Rosario Central fans, picked up the glove that his sons threw at him a moment before, when they looked at his father before telling this chronicler: “It depends on dad”.

“Papa Corazón”, one could say remembering that famous television strip. That is what Mateo thinks of his father Julián, who became a hero by practicing CPR on a man who had a strike one meter from the last fence that separated him from the Monumental.

Last name Gutiérrez, this physical education teacher with training in CPR, managed to get the man in his 50s out of unemployment, who was later put into an ambulance that took him to a clinic in the area.

Mateo was very proud of the applause that the security personnel paid to his father. As if something was missing, just the day that father and son went to the court together for the first time. “Qatar 2022? Who could, ”Julián replied, grimacing halfway between frustration and acceptance.

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