I am from this small state called Kerala in India. You have to understand that India is a cricket obsessed country and no one cares for football but in my state we absolutely adore football and we are obsessed with Latin American football. And people love Argentina nt like its their own national team. Our parents grew up watching and worshipping Maradona and our love for football was so great that he actually came to visit our small insignificant state.
The final was literally at 5 am in the morning for us and let me tell you our people are going crazy at the Argentina win. We can't actually go out to celebrate because of the pandemic but our News channels have not shut up about Argentina and Messi in the past 5 hours and it's going to be like that for the whole day. Our politicians and celebrities are only talking about this win. Our social media is filled with blue and white hearts. I can hear fireworks going off all around me. It's been a difficult year for us with the second wave of covid hitting us harder than most places. So thank you Argentina and Football. Thank you Messi. This Copa America has managed to put a smile on a lot of sad faces.
Lionel Messi is thrown into the air by teammates after winning the Conmebol 2021 Copa America football tournament final match against Brazil at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 10, 2021.