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A Closing Letter To The Argentine Team

No need to cry, Argentina.

1. Argentina,

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2. The sting of defeat is real.

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3. And sadness has set in.

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4. But take comfort in knowing you were never alone.

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5. Your fans were with you through the amazing ups.

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6. And the bitterly stressful downs.

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7. You were at the very brink of ultimate glory.

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8. You progressed further than your hated rival, Brazil.

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9. And performed magnificently in its fabled Maracanã.

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10. And even when tragedy struck your rival…

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11. You showed nothing but class.

12. You fought with your opponents relentlessly on the pitch.

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13. When confronted with setbacks…

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14. You still managed to shine through.

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15. You put on heroic performances.

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16. And gave due credit to the people that got you there.

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After Argentina’s penalty shootout, goalie Sergio Romero removed his jersey, revealing the names of his wife and kids.

18. And typical Argentine flair.

19. So don’t be sad, Argentina.

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20. You’re still the team that gave us the world’s greatest player…

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21. …Soccer’s most spectacular goal…

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22. …And its most controversial moment.

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24. And even though you didn’t get the trophy you wanted…

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25. The blue and white stripes will always mean something.

26. And your fans…

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28. …Are grateful.

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29. Thank you for an amazing World Cup.

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Gracias por tanto.

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