Football in Argentina and Leo Messi hatred

This will be my first attempt at blogging about soccer or more like about ‘football’. I still don’t know why Americans call it soccer when the rest of the world calls it “football”. Even in Spanish the word for football is ‘futbol’ which is the phonetic adaption of the football word.

stadiumHere in Argentina football is like a religion. You may think that the NFL and NBA are big in the US and that fans are passionate, but it pales in comparison to Argentinian fans and the culture surrounding football. It’s absolutely crazy and dozens of fans die each year in clashes between the ‘barras bravas’ which are the supporting fans for each football team. I’ve only been to one match so far to watch River Plate as one of my uncles has year long tickets. The Super Bowl is nothing compared to the high end football matches in here. I’m taking of Rover Plate vs Boca Juniors or Racing de Avellaneda vs Independiente. Not that I am a hardcore football fan but I truly was scared when I went to see the football match of River Plate against some team I don’t remember. I can only imagine what it would be like when the top teams play against one another…

It isn’t just the fans that get all the aggressive heat. Football players get crap too from the fans and I ain’t talking of letters forwarded to the football players of fans complaining and all that. I’m talking of a group of supporters waiting at the gates for the football players armed with guns and machetes.

boca juniorsAfter the defeat of Argentina against Chile in the Copa America (American Cup), Leo Messi got a lot of crap from fans. They complained that Leo Messi was giving all his efforts to his team at Barcelona instead of playing hard with the ‘albiceleste’ (the name for the Argentinian national football team). The truth is that Leo Messi wasn’t the worst player playing for Argentina, that honor would go to Gonzalo Higuain who is by far the worst forward that I’ve seen play at any elite football club. There were also other Argentininian players who were crap during the Copa America but most of the hatred and anger was focused on Leo Messi since he was the team captain and the best football player in the world. The reasoning is that if you’re the best football player in the whole planet, you should be awesome during each and every match, even if it requires you to kill yourself during winter when the football season in Europe is over and you’ve played over 50 football matches during that year. I mean it’s only an extra 6 matches to each the final for the Copa America, so it would not be a massive extra effort, right?? What do I know, I’m just an Argentinian brought up in the States and just trying to connect with my ancestry by living here… Us yanks aren’t supposed to know about football according to Argentinians. Anyway…

stadium during football matchI blame the failure of Argentina at the Copa America on not playing as a group. Leo Messi is by far the best player while the rest of players are just mediocre. Maybe Tevez and Aguero are a bit higher in terms of skill and experience, but the rest of football players for Argentina are just mediocre. Take into account that Argentina did reach the finals so obviously they did something right. And that ‘something’ was using Leo Messi whenever problems would arise. IN other words Leo Messi was burnt, over-trained and tired of having to rescue his team when shit hit the fan.

The stupidity of fans here is so big that they have sent death threats to Leo Messi. He had to leave Buenos Aires as soon as he came back from Chile where the Copa America was played. The newspapers were blaming Leo Messi for the failure of Argentina. They went as far as to question Leo Messi’s nationality saying that he didn’t feel like an Argentinian and that he didn’t have the ‘huevos’ (spanish word for ‘balls’) that is required to play when representing your country. The funny thing is that the whole team lacked balls when it came to giving their all on the pitch. But everyone in Argentina expects Leo Messi to be the best of the best while playing for the national team. Well I’ve got news for you folks… Messi is a human being, not a robot.

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