FIFA World Cup Football, “Messi belongs to us all
A large number of Indian football fans, who are seen supporting the South American teams, are among those who turn to the stadium to watch the ongoing World Cup football matches in Qatar.
If you think Indians only love cricket then you are wrong. The biggest feature of the ongoing World Cup in Qatar was that a large number of Indians were present in the stands with their particular affection for Argentina, Lionel Messi and Brazil.
The obvious reason for this is that Qatar has a large population of Indian migrant workers. About 25% of the 2.9 million people living in Qatar are Indians.
But this is not limited to migrant workers. Indians are also arriving from their native country to watch the first ever World Cup held in the Arab world as the tournament is being held near India.
All fans coming to Qatar and its stadiums require a “Hiya” ID card. A total of two million applications were received for this, of which 56 thousand eight hundred and ninety three applications were received from Indian citizens and thus the total In the list, the number of fans coming from India is second only to Saudi Arabia.
Surprisingly, Indians, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans are mostly supporting Argentina and Brazil in Doha. Shivan Bagchi, a fan who came from India to watch the match in Qatar, says, “In India. “There are a lot of football fans, but we support more Latin American countries than European countries,” he said.
“We are all third world countries, maybe that’s why. If you come to cities like Kolkata, you will see the streets painted green and yellow for Brazil or white and blue for Argentina.
There is another reason why many people are supporting Argentina, Indian fan Dinesh Kumar says, “Messi has no country, he is the god of football and gods don’t need a country.” God belongs to all, so Messi belongs to all of us. “Messi is a God who is ideal for us”.
Argentina fans in Qatar are happy to have the extra support. Federico Jose Orbach, a fan from Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, says, “There are a lot of fans wearing Argentina shirts who are Argentina fans.” Are not. They are mostly from Bangladesh and India. Besides, many local people are also included in them. It’s unbelievable, I’ve never seen it in any part of the world.”
“It’s a surprise for us, it makes us proud. The way people talk about Maradona and Messi, it’s unbelievable. Fans are fans, they can’t be fake. The behavior of these people is because they were not born in Argentina. They feel attracted to the Argentina shirt without being born there.”
Mashup Ekapadith is from the Indian state of Kerala, where football is particularly popular. For the last four years he has been working in telecom in Qatar. They told us that the environment in Qatar is good and they feel safe here. “Everything is perfect for me here,” he says.
British newspaper The Guardian reported that Indian immigrants are the backbone of the Qatari economy, but construction workers have paid a heavy price.
According to the Indian Embassy in Qatar and the Qatari Supreme Council of Health, since Qatar was chosen to host the World Cup in 2010, more than 28 hundred Indians have died due to various causes.
Ekapadith adds, “We love football giants like Brazil and Argentina. We love Pele, Brazil’s Ronaldo and of course Maradona.” We have been watching them all since childhood so we support them
India’s participation in the World Cup?
But all the Indian fans in Qatar have one thing in common that they want to see the Indian team in the football world cup one day.
The Indian team is currently ranked 106th in the world, below countries like Madagascar and Mauritania, and has never been a part of a World Cup football tournament till date.
However, with the addition of 48 teams for the 2026 edition, India is expected to be among them if eight specific regions are allocated for the tournament instead of four in Asia.
Krishna Mistry, a female Indian fan living in Qatar, says that it is very important for India to qualify in this game sometime. But even if they don’t, we still love the game.
Why Messi will not play for Barcelona?
Lionel Messi, the world famous football player from Argentina, will give up playing for the Spanish football club FC Barcelona this summer. He is the top goalscorer with this club
Barcelona Football Club has said in a statement that star player Lionel Messi is leaving the Spanish football club Barcelona due to some problems in renewing his contract with the club. According to the club, his contract will not be renewed due to certain, “financial and administrative constraints”.
“The parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the club have ultimately been impossible to implement,” FC Barcelona said in a statement.
Lionel Messi, a 34-year-old player from Argentina, is not only considered the best player in the world at the moment, but he is also considered one of the best football players in history. Messi has been awarded the Ballon d’Or, the award given to the best footballer every year, a record six times.
What does FC Barcelona have to say?
Messi’s contract with Barcelona expired in June this year and the club has since refused to sign him for another season. Officials from La Liga set a cap on Messi’s earnings from the game, after which the club was unable to pay him nearly $800 million in fees.
“FC Barcelona sincerely thanks him for his contribution in making the club so great and wishes him all the best for the future in his personal and professional life,” the club said in a statement. Is.”
According to reports, Messi was in favor of extending his contract with the club with some fee cut and was expected to sign another five-year contract with the club.
But the new deal would require the Catalan club to restructure its financial structure, a task that ultimately proved unfeasible. Especially when the club is burdened with almost a hundred billion dollars in debt.
Messi’s exploits with Barcelona
Lionel Messi played 705 matches for Barcelona and scored a club record 672 goals. No single player has ever scored more goals for any club in Spain’s history. Earlier, Brazilian player Pele scored the most goals while playing with this club, but last year, Messi also broke his record.
During 17 seasons with Barcelona, Messi won 34 trophies, including ten La Liga league championships, seven Copa del Rey titles and the rest of the UEFA League trophies. He has been awarded the Golden Boot six times for scoring the most goals in European club competitions.
FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who hails from Argentina, has been compared to his contemporary star player Cristiano Ronaldo ever since he joined rival team Real Madrid.
Messi was born in Argentina but at the age of 13 he moved to Barcelona and at the age of 17 he played his first major match and became an overnight star.
While playing with Barcelona in 2019, he was named the world’s most expensive player by Forbes magazine. A year later, he was said to be the second player in the world who earns more than a billion dollars in a year.
What will happen next?
At the end of this summer, Messi will say goodbye to the Barcelona club, with which he has been playing since the age of 13. He will remain free pending a new contract with another club. Hopefully, all the best clubs in Europe will contact him to add him to their team. Football fans are now waiting to see who will join the new club