“The quiet little child who preserved our identity.” The story that hit Messi and his wife until they cried World Cup in Qatar 2022


A video clip by an Argentinian journalist living in Spain describing his relationship with his country’s star, Lionel Messi, and his influence on him since he was a child has sparked widespread interaction across platforms, with even Messi himself moved to tears, as he said in a message to the journalist.

Argentinian journalist Hernan Casciari spoke on his radio program about Messi’s great influence on expats and immigrants in Spain, and the extent of their devotion to him since he moved to Barcelona, ​​and began appearing with them in 2003. years.

And Casciari began his speech: “I remember a Saturday morning in 2003, when Catalonia TV broadcast live matches of Barcelona’s age group, and in my conversation with Argentine immigrants in Catalonia, he asked two questions: The first is how we can make dulce de leche (Argentine dessert) from The Condensed milk way, and the other at what time will the 15-year-old from Rosario, who has scored goals in every game he plays?

Messi doesn’t talk much

He added, “During that period, the viewing rate of Catalan television on Saturday morning was much higher than in the evening, and many people started talking about this boy, in the barbershop and in the stands of the Camp Nou, and the only one who did not speak was Messi, au his interviews after games, all his answers to questions are ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and sometimes he says ‘thank you’ and then looks down and doesn’t say much.”

Casciari praised Messi’s insistence – at the time – on speaking in the local Argentinian dialect, rather than trying to imitate the Catalan dialect, which endeared him to the hearts of the immigrants, which Casciari expressed, saying: “We felt a great relief, because this boy is one of us , he’s one of those who kept his tone.”

He went on to talk about the immigrants’ admiration for Messi’s continued retention of that dialect, even after becoming Barcelona’s first star, and how they continued to follow him with interest during press interviews, to make sure he was using their dialect despite the difficulties of preserving his native dialect. in the new society, but it is also a part of identity and a means of preserving autochthonous habits.

Casicari put it this way, saying: “The dialect was our last ditch to preserve our habits and the way we spoke, and Messi was an incredible leader in that fight. We would celebrate if we saw mate (a popular drink in Argentina) in the Messi dressing , who became the most famous person in Barcelona, ​​was just like us, he did not stop being an Argentine emigrant in another country.”

He added: “It’s hard to explain how happy he made those who lived far from home and how he got us out of the boredom of a monotonous society. Messi helped us not to lose our compass and orientation and made us happy.”

Casicari referred to the period in which Messi endured criticism from the Argentine people after repeated defeats with the national team, and how he was hunted by looks of contempt there.

He commented: “I can’t imagine a nightmare that could be more terrible than hearing voices of contempt coming from people from the place you love the most in the world. There is no greater pain than a sentence like the one Messi heard from his son Thiago: Dad, why you kill in Argentina?

Messi from retirement to the world title

Cassicari told the story of Messi’s international retirement in 2016 when he decided to retire from international football and was inundated with messages asking him to come out of retirement, one of which was from a 15-year-old begging him to continue with the national team as would enjoy football and not listen to criticism, which is the message that forced him – with hundreds of messages from Others – to retract his decisions and return to tango lessons, a letter that later turned out to be written by Enzo Fernandez; The best young player at the World Cup in Qatar, who accompanied Messi on the way to the World Cup.

He also spoke about the great joy that reigned in the Argentine people, especially among the immigrants, after Messi won the World Cup, because they considered it a victory for them and a victory for the young man who preserved his identity and theirs, and everyone rejoiced for him , because finally, as he said, an ordinary man is on top of the world.

Kasekari concluded: “On December 20, as every year, we saw Messi return from Europe to spend the Christmas holidays with his family in Rosario, and to greet his neighbors. His tradition does not change and the only thing that has changed is that this time he brought us the World Cup in his bag.

These words received widespread attention from the platform’s pioneers and were shared by thousands, expressing their impact on the strong relationship Messi had unbeknownst to expats from his country.

The tape spread until it reached Messi himself who was listening to it with his wife Antonella, and they were so moved by what Kasekari said that it brought them to tears.

Messi sent a message to the radio program thanking them for sharing the story, and he also congratulated Kasekari for his wonderful message that struck a chord with him.

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