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BUENOS AIRES: Fans of the Argentina team that won football’s ultimate prize in Qatar this month line up in Buenos Aires for tattoos of victorious captain Lionel Messi and the World Cup trophy.
“For the next two weeks I have (appointments) exclusively related to the World Cup,” tattoo artist Esteban Vucinovich told AFP in the capital.
“Some had already made appointments for tattoos of snakes or skulls, but they change it for Messi or the Cup. I have two or three appointments a day,” he said.

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The most requested skin art is the trophy, Vucinovich said, followed by Messi and then the goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez who was instrumental in the victory of the Albiceleste in the final against France.
Many fans are inspired by the body art of Argentine players such as Angel Di Maria, who recently sported a World Cup tattoo on his right leg.
‘I got a Messi tattoo as a thank you’, official Nicolas Rechanik told AFP.
“It not only represents what Messi is, but also the team that gave us a third World Cup and all the years of effort to achieve this goal.”
Before securing the image of Messi in the team’s blue and white striped shirt and kissing the indelible trophy strapped to his left leg, Rechanik was already sporting the image of another Argentinian soccer icon: Diego Maradona .

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“It’s a perfect representation of what Argentine football is and what it means to be Argentine,” he said.
Football fanatic Alma Ocampo, 20, decided to get a tattoo when, to everyone’s surprise, Argentina lost their first World Cup match to Saudi Arabia.
“When everyone lost faith, I decided that…if Argentina wins, I’ll get the Cup tattooed. And that’s what I did, with the date of December 18, 2022” from the finale, she said, adding “it hurt pretty bad”. a little.”
Ariel Sacchi, a physical education teacher, got tattoos of the five World Cups that Messi took part in. In the center is an image of the Argentine captain kissing the Cup.
“I decided to take Leo (Messi) because he brought the greatest joy to all Argentines,” Sacchi said.
Not all tattoos are created equal, however, and many fans have been mocked on social media for clumsy ink: a big-faced Messi or misspelled names are among the trending topics.



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