I believe “La Scaloneta” has given us, Argentines, much more than a World Cup. Suddenly, we got back our long lost joy.  I guess the last time we all felt so happy was way back in 1983, when we recovered our democracy. Right after the match against France, millions of people flooded the streets in Argentina and wherever Argentines are currently living. Peacefully, dancing, singing, cheering, honking, hugging one another. This team has taught us so much. Hard work, honesty, humility, resilience, sacrifice. They are all role models in a country were merit and effort have been consistently devalued by all the kirchnerite administrations. Lionel Scaloni and Lionel Messi have also shown us that team work pays off. Strategy, planning, common sense, discipline, commitment, many virtues many politicians lack. We can’t thank you enough, guys!  Nothing Santa brings us will surpass this Master Class!  

Buenos Aires Times, Dec 24, 2022