Furor over the Qatar World Cup: the unusual dispute in India over the gigantographs of Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo

a week ago a video traveled the world and was that of a gigantography of Lionel Messi placed in a river in the town of Pullavoor, Kerala state, in India. The image of the Rosario crack was made, carried and placed by a group of fans of the Argentine team. Four days later another testimony went viral when a group of local fans, in this case from Brazil, did the same with one of Neymar. But this Monday there was more news from there since a third figure was put in the same place, in this case that of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since the 2018 World Cup in Russia than in Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal many fans showed their love for the Albiceleste. This wave was echoed in India and was enhanced in the 2021 Copa América as the team led by Lionel Scaloni advanced and ended up winning the title after beating Brazil 1-0 at the Maracana Stadium.

Although in the run-up to the World Cup in Qatar in Kerala another championship was unleashed, that of gigantographs and this phenomenon came to light with Messi‘s. These images became viral and were spread on the account of Twitter Journalist which is in charge of the journalist Fernando Duclos. The figure of Leo was moved by local fans as if it were a religious pilgrimage.

Later, the same account released a video in which the fans of Argentina already appeared in the water with shirts (some with the model that will be used in Qatar) and flags. At the same time, supporters of Brazil emerged and carried a gigantography of Neymar. The supporters of the Canarinha demonstrated alongside the “Argentines”, perhaps with some Chicana, but without any type of violence. At 16 thousand kilometers, the South American classic is also fully experienced.

In that second video you can see what the wooden structure is like that they put together so that the images are standing. They were placed behind the gigantography on bases that are also made of wood. Messi’s is in the middle of the river on a dirt bank and Neymar’s and CR7’s are at two points. The Brazilian seems to be the largest of the three, followed by the Portuguese and then the Argentine.

The Portuguese fans also carried the image of the Manchester United striker under the thunder on a night complicated by the weather, although this did not prevent the fans from fulfilling their objective.

With just 13 days to go before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, the run-up to the round’s biggest event is felt in India with these fans showing their passion and enthusiasm for their favorite teams, but also for their greatest idols.

The Argentine team is part of Group C and will debut on Tuesday, November 22 against Saudi Arabia. Two days later, Brazil will do the same against Serbia for Group G, the same day in which Portugal will debut, against Ghana, for Group H.

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