By Chris Wright
Alejandro Fantino is legendary down Argentina way for providing artery-poppingly passionate football commentary, especially when it comes to his beloved national team.
Proof, as if any were needed, came after Lionel Messi scored Argentina’s injury-time winner against Iran yesterday, with Fantino exploding into a passionate, emotional, very much nonsensical rant live on air – a rant hewn from pure gold!
Thankfully, someone out there saw fit to subtitle it for the English-speaking world…
The rant in full…
“GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL, etc, etc.”
“GOAL GODDAMNIT! GOAL!….GOAL FOR THE FLEA! GOAL FOR MESSI! GOAL FOR ARGENTINA!
“45 MINUTES, GOAL GODDAMNIT! GOAL DAMNIT GOAL!
“I SCREAM IT AT YOU! I SCREAM IT AT YOU!
“(Adopts mock Brazilian accent) THAT’S FOR YOU AGAIN! FOR YOU DOWN THERE (the Brazilian press)!
“I HAVE A POPE! I’VE GOT A POPE, YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING!
“YOU HAVE PELE, YOU HAVE SUGARLOAF; I HAVE A POPE! A POPE!
“FRANCISCO IS WITH ME! HE’S WITH ME ALL THE WAY FROM THE VATICAN!
“I HAVE A POPE! I HAVE A POPE AND I’VE GOT MESSI!
“COME WITH ALL YOU’VE GOT! THROW ‘THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA’ AT ME! THROW JOBIM AT ME! THROW COPACABANA AT ME!
“THROW PELE AT ME; I HAVE MESSI! I HAVE POPE FRANCISCO!
“FORTY SIX! LIONEL IS PLUGGED IN!
“SOMETIMES PEOPLE DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR FAITH REWARDED! SOMETIMES PEOPLE DESERVE MORE…AND LIONEL DID IT!
“I’M CRYING GODDAMNIT, AND I DON’T GIVE A SHIT BECAUSE WE WON – AND NOW THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT!
“THANK-YOU FLEA! THANK-YOU MESSI! THANK-YOU ARGENTINA GODDAMNIT!”
(Via Bleacher Report)