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Neymar keeps WC alive in Bangladesh

Tear-jerking ambiance as Messi, Ronaldo depart
Syed Mohammad Pithu
Neymar keeps WC alive in Bangladesh

The football-enthusiasm in Bangladesh seemed to have diluted all of a sudden with the exit of football’s two modern greats—Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have massive fan base in the country not only for their dazzling performance but for their immense impact all over the world.

With at the age of 30, this year’s World Cup was probably their last chance to seal their status as greatest from greater, as true legend from just club legend by touching the golden trophy. But by the difference of just two hours, those two, unarguably the best footballers in this decade were shown the exit, leaving Bangladeshi fans in a state of mourning.

Millions of Argentine flags and huge banners that dot the country’s skyline were put down overnight as the festive mood turned to a tear-jerking ambiance. The vehicles that were decked with the flags now got it normal look but the vehicle owner looked pale. The crazy fans who were fighting or trolling others in facebook or other platforms resigned from their duty. Life seems to take the normal path gradually again but the disappointment, glaring pain lingers still.

While Messi was carrying the legacy of Diego Maradona whose one-man show in 1986 World Cup boasted Argentine

fan base in Bangladesh, Portugal’s Ronaldo created some fans in this cricket-crazy nation by establishing him as the great rival of Messi in the club level. Portugal’s flags were flying high in a country like Bangladesh seemed surprising but this is how CR7 put an impact. From the early hour of Sunday, Portugal’s flags were also taken off.

With the rush for jerseys and flags, roadside vendors to big shopping complexes were also cashing in on this seasonal business, with prices depending on the quality and location of purchase. But the roadside vendors’ business also took a nosedive after the departure of those two teams. “I ordered some more Argentine and Portugal jerseys, hoping that those two teams would qualify to the quarterfinal round and I can earn some more but their departure is harsh for my business,” said Zakir Ali who was selling flags and jerseys in footpath of Paltan.

The exit of Messi and Ronaldo at the space of two hours may announce the demise of World Cup in this country but at the other part, there is still hope for Neymar who is carrying the hopes of Brazil. Only Brazil! He is also carrying the hopes to keep World Cup alive for Bangladeshi fans.

There is eternal debate whose fan base is strong in Bangladesh—Brazil or Argentina. There is no authentic research in this regard but it is safe to say, Brazil’s fan base is gigantic in Bangladesh. The way Messi is carrying the legacy of Diego Maradona, Neymar is carrying the legacy of Pele, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho. Brazil’s flags were also waving high proudly

Neymar’s Brazil will take on Mexico to get them some closer in their Hexa mission. If the mission is alive, the World Cup in Bangladesh is believed to be alive. If not, the World Cup surely will be over for Bangladeshi fans this time.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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