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Millions of Indian supporters await Messi’s “2011 Tendulkar moment.”

ByJosh Taylor

Dec 15, 2022

When Messi stares into nothingness with his watery eyes, he has the ability to bring the world to a halt. You become enraged when he becomes heated and argues with a referee.
And when you watch him sprinting circles around the finest players in the world and then making them chase shadows, as he did with defender Josko Gvardiol on Tuesday night in Doha, the world appears to be a better place.
You’re giddy with delight. Some would have roused their sleeping loved ones to share their joy.
You may win any trophy in the world, but the FIFA World Cup is unique. Pele touched it three times, and Maradona had the opportunity to caress the hands that held the ‘Golden Globe’.
And if Messi blows this opportunity, it will be a chapter incomplete in the annals of football history.
Messi wants to win the World Cup in his fifth and last appearance, much like world cricket star Sachin Tendulkar desperately wanted to do in his sixth and final appearance.
Can Messi and Argentina have a Tendulkar moment on Sunday? as a prelude to the event.
“I’ve seen God stroll the earth’s surface. All I want to see now is Messi win the World Cup. If I don’t watch any sports after that day, I won’t have any regrets in my life. However, Man, Messi, should win. Consider what a great event it would be for the Albicelestes one last time “PTI spoke with Deepto Roy, a Mumbai-based lawyer who is in Doha deep see the semi-finals and finals.
“Being an Indian and having witnessed the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai, Messi reminds me of Sachin Tendulkar. It appears that the entire world wants Messi to win the World Cup. We learn about fairy tales, and I want to live one on Sunday night.”
Argentina and Diego Maradona entered Indian fans’ lives forever in 1986, when Doordarshan began broadcasting FIFA World Cup matches beginning with the second round.
Even before the internet, when social media was unheard of, Maradona’s abilities united Bengalis, Malayalis, and Goans, India’s three football-crazed states.
“Messi is as much a Barcelona player as he is an Argentine. However, there is a societal background related with the fervent Argentina support, particularly in Kolkata and Kochi. Bengalis and Malayalis are art enthusiasts, and in Maradona, they discovered an artist they had never seen before.
“There is a generation that only watches football once every four years, but Maradona helped them fall in love with Argentina and Messi.” So Messi and Argentina become a nostalgic connection for many people who don’t even watch Messi in PSG anymore. But, as an Indian, the 2011 World Cup appeared to be all about SRT, and you get the same sense for Messi,” said Dwaipayan Chatterjee, a keen club football follower.

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