What did the Argentines do? Nothing, just that the officials were crazy about the qualifiers.
Lionel Messi’s performance against Bolivia Argentina’s game in La Paz has generated huge expectations as the Argentinian star could be in the spotlight in the second match of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup Played a few minutes in the game.
Bolivia are clear that they will back their side to win their first match as the dream of returning to the World Cup after 32 years (1994 was their last appearance) remains alive under head coach Gustavo Costas In mint condition. Winning all home games will seal a World Cup ticket.
However, there is one Bolivian who is ecstatic and extremely enthusiastic about Messi coming to La Paz… He is the mayor Ivan Arias, who has been strongly criticized by the people.
Ivan Arias, using the resources he administered as president of the Bolivian city, ordered a mural to be painted in honor of Messi; in addition, he hung posters to welcome the current world champion’s logo.
“The Argentinians will not come to visit, they are the Bolivian team’s rivals,” said one of the critics in the media in La Paz.
People, for their part, were outraged that Messi was being paid to feel good and said all the mayor did was to take a photo with Argentina’s “10”.