EXCLUSIVE: Argentina captain Julian Montoya says his side are using Lionel Messi and the country's...
Our plan to photograph Julian Montoya in an Argentina football shirt has fallen through. We have spent half of the morning talking about Lionel Messi lifting the World Cup in Qatar but his jersey is out of stock in the local sports shop.
Its good that everywhere has sold out because it shows the team are in touch with the people. We want to do the same in rugby, says the Pumas captain, who will lead out his team against England on Saturday night.
The way the football team connect with the country is amazing. When Messi plays he inspires the rest of the team but it wasnt just about one player. In the awards, Argentina had the best player, best coach, best goalkeeper best crowd! Its a meritocracy. You see their process - doing things correctly, effort, trusting each other - and you think, We want to be like them.
People were selling their cars or re-mortgaging their houses just to go and see them play. Argentina was not in a very good place in terms of its economy. When five million people came out to the streets of Buenos Aires to cheer together, all with a smile on their face, it didnt matter which political party they support. It was just happiness. Its not normal to see that. When you see it, you want to chase it.