Lionel Messi helped finish his Argentina cup curse by tarot playing cards: ‘They celebrated prefer it was a aim’
Lionel Messi endured a troublesome 13 years in Argentina’s senior facet between his first and second items of silverware, having to remain affected person from his Olympic gold medal in 2008 till lastly lifting silverware on the Copa America in 2021 – he did not have to attend too lengthy for his subsequent trophy with the nationwide crew, although.
Within the interim interval, Messi suffered heartbreak after heartache, retired and returned. Regardless of being named the Participant of the Event, he and Argentina misplaced the 2014 World Cup last to Germany, earlier than struggling a yr later within the Copa America last after being defeated by Chile on penalties.
In 2016, he had had sufficient, shedding on penalties as soon as once more to Chile in the identical event. Messi retired from worldwide soccer for a month, earlier than duly returning to the nationwide crew set-up.
Then, lastly, he tasted success in 2021. Argentina gained the South American event, beating Brazil within the last – with tarot playing cards forming a serious a part of the squad’s success.
Sean Eternos (Be Everlasting), the Netflix sequence that documented the story of Argentina’s 2021 Copa America triumph, captured among the unknown moments of Messi the chief.
His tunnel discuss earlier than the ultimate towards Brazil on the Maracana may have been written for Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday – he was articulate, passionate, introducing pauses when wanted after which accelerating in direction of the tip. It was… nuclear.
God had given them one other probability of profitable on the Maracana, they usually needed to seize it. Movie director Juan Baldana created the sequence, which turned essentially the most watched in Latin America shortly earlier than the World Cup.
“The very first thing I assumed was to create a portrait of a pacesetter who’d simply been consecrated, however was nonetheless not perceived as such by most people,” Baldana advised FourFourTwo.
“He was a distinct form of chief – not like Maradona, a pacesetter produced from mud. With our artistic crew, we wished to humanise not simply Leo however the group of gamers who lastly gained a event for Argentina, after 28 years.”
One of many documentary’s viral tales was away from the pitch, when gamers had been sat round taking part in a card sport, every guessing which tarot card they might draw.
Each participant had 10 guesses. Otamendi, Di Maria, De Paul and Papu Gomez succeeded. On his final guess, Messi stated the 5 of cups, to see if he may lastly break the curse of the 4 cups he’d misplaced with Argentina.
Once they turned over the cardboard, it was the 5 of cups – they celebrated prefer it was a aim. Some gamers, together with Otamendi and Gomez, even received a tattoo of the cardboard.