January 05 News from the Argentine media "Clarion"
According to an exclusive report, after the Argentine team won the World Cup, Messi once rode on top of Aguero’s head and held the Hercules Cup to celebrate.
, but a replica brought into the stadium by two fans.
The "Clarion" interviewed Paula and Manuel, the real owners of the trophy Messi held at the time, and told the real story of the incident.
About two weeks ago, Messi helped Argentina win the World Cup for the third time at the Lusail Stadium.
When celebrating after the game, Messi rode on top of Aguero’s head, and was subsequently captured by photographers with many photos recorded in football history, among which several Messi also posted on Instagram, this Messi won the World Cup
’s first Instagram feed went on to become the most liked in history, with more than 74 million likes to date.
However, in this picture that has spread around the world, the Hercules Cup held by Messi is a replica, and their owners are a couple of Argentine fans. In the end, the trophy accidentally entered the stadium and fell into Messi’s hands.
Fernando de la Alden is a Qatar-based photographer for La Clarion and Ole.
Two days after the final, he posted on social media a photo of Di Maria and Messi viewing the trophy, and a curious user asked: "Did you hear what they were saying?" Fernando de la Orden replied:
"Di Maria told Leo that he was walking around with a fake trophy and the real replica was in his (Di Maria’s) hands, that’s why they laughed", everything sounded like a joke.
(Di Maria shows Messi what the plinth of the real replica of the World Cup winner looks like / Fernando de la Orden)
Then a woman said: "Fernando, I just read a comment. The trophy in Messi’s hand belongs to us, we passed it on the pitch, it’s interesting, thank you."
Paula Zuzulich, 41, and Manuel Zaro, 42, spoke to the Buenos Aires team at their home in Buenos Aires on New Year’s Eve as they explained how a replica so similar to the real trophy was made
What is brought onto the pitch, and what ends up in the hands of the players.
Manuel Zaro explained: "The day of the final came and we packed the stadium with the trophy in our backpacks so it wouldn’t be seen. After the last penalty we took out the trophy and started celebrating. Then, Par
A relative of Redes passed by and we shouted for Paredes to sign the trophy.
Then the trophy was brought into the field by relatives, and then the players took a group photo with the trophy, and finally Messi also held the trophy in his hand to celebrate.
How many times will this replica trophy enter the field?
"A total of 3 times, the first time was brought into the field by the relatives of Paredes, the relatives of the players took pictures, passed from one side to the other, and Paredes also signed. Then the second time
, I don’t remember who was brought in, and there were many photoshoots, the third time was with Guido Rodriguez’s relatives, there weren’t many people there, and then some photos were taken.”
When did you find out that this trophy was raised by Messi in celebration?
"After the game, we started to look at the photos, to see what happened to our trophy. We didn’t know what Messi was holding, we looked at it bit by bit, and friends sent us a lot of pictures,
It wasn’t until we saw the details on the bottom, and saw the specific branding, that we figured it out."
So are you sure your trophy is the one in Messi’s Instagram photo?
"Yes, we are sure and confirmed. This is the trophy that Messi celebrated at the time, the most popular trophy in the world on Instagram."
-who signed the trophy?
"We managed to get Paredes, Lautaro, Guido, Gonzalez and Di Maria to sign."
– How did you get the trophy into the stadium given the security procedures?
"It was actually difficult to get into the stadium, we went through the security scan and when the police turned around I told my friend to have the trophy. There we slipped through and they put the trophy in a bag and then
Into the stadium."
– What are the characteristics of this trophy?
"This is not just a replica, through social networks, we contacted a craftsman and it took six months to make this trophy. The trophy weighs the same as the original, and the interior is made of resin and adapted
made and painted with gold-like paint."
"We thought players could sign it, that’s all. It was passed from player to player and we thought it would never come back, the trophy was passed from hand to hand, from family to family. They filmed it.
Photos, everything is fine, but we want the trophy to come back to us and luckily the trophy came to Lautaro."
When Lautaro became aware of the trophy’s owner, he signed it and returned it.
There’s another little episode in the matter,