BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) – Buenos Aires has also been the scene of the dreamlike moment in which Lionel Messi raised the cup honoring the world champion Argentina team.
In a corner of the Argentine capital’s Palermo neighborhood, artist Maximiliano Bagnasco on Thursday put the finishing touches to a large mural that represents the captain lifting the gold trophy at the World Cup in Qatar, an image etched forever Will go to the hearts of his compatriots.
Messi in the middle is wearing a bisht – the black and gold tunic that Qatari officials put on him. On his right are Paulo Dybala and on his left is Rodrigo de Paul, one of the figures of the championship. In the background, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, the hero of the light blue and white team, is jubilantly raising his arms. One of them is not completed yet.
The artist told The Associated Press that he began preparing the mural the same Sunday that his country became champion for the third time in history.
“I went out, had a little party and then went back to work and selected the image; And the next day I was already preparing all the equipment to make this mural,” said 41-year-old Bagnasco.
While hundreds of compatriots were celebrating in the vicinity of the obelisk monument in Buenos Aires, the painter worked in peace and silence. “I was preparing for this wonder which has now been discovered and many people are coming to find out.”
The work occupies the walls of a house on the corner of one of the neighborhoods most visited by tourists, which is filled with bars, restaurants and clothing stores.
French tourist Dominique Rolly, 78, was one of the work’s admirers. He told The Associated Press that the team captain’s expression of joy was very successful and that “he is happy for Messi and the rest of the team” despite his country’s defeat in the final. “It’s nice to have a trophy for Messi.”
People were insisting on Bagnasco to do Messi’s work. The artist is best known for his murals of fellow Argentine Diego Maradona, who had died two years earlier.
“I said it was the year of the national team,” said Bagnasco, who did not hesitate to capture that moment of glory with the biggest trophy in the hands of the champions, after Argentina’s hectic final against France.
The artist is the author of a monumental mural of Maradona in a building located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. It was inaugurated on October 30, when the 1986 World Cup champion would have turned 62.
One of the works dedicated to the former captain of the national team is in Pompeii, Italy. The soccer star appears with an Argentina shirt, but with the logo of Napoli, the southern Italian club with whom he won two Serie A titles.