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A Closing Letter To The Argentine Team

No need to cry, Argentina.

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The sting of defeat is real.

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And sadness has set in.

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But take comfort in knowing you were never alone.

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Your fans were with you through the amazing ups.

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And the bitterly stressful downs.

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You were at the very brink of ultimate glory.

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You progressed further than your hated rival, Brazil.

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And performed magnificently in its fabled Maracanã.

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And even when tragedy struck your rival...

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You showed nothing but class.

You fought with your opponents relentlessly on the pitch.

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When confronted with setbacks...

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You still managed to shine through.

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You put on heroic performances.

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

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

You played with emotion.

Esta imagen me rompe el alma. #HeroesArgentinos #ArgentinaCampeonBrasil2014

Brionessss@agussbriones

Esta imagen me rompe el alma. #HeroesArgentinos #ArgentinaCampeonBrasil2014

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And typical Argentine flair.

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So don't be sad, Argentina.

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You're still the team that gave us the world's greatest player...

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...Soccer's most spectacular goal...

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...And its most controversial moment.

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You had an amazing run.

Vamos que hoy agregamos otra imagen triunfante! #VamosArgentina #EstaCopaEsDeArgentina

Milagros Amondaray@cinescalas

Vamos que hoy agregamos otra imagen triunfante! #VamosArgentina #EstaCopaEsDeArgentina

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And even though you didn't get the trophy you wanted...

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The blue and white stripes will always mean something.

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And your fans...

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...Along with your greatest son...

The World Cup allowed people from different countries and religions to come together. May sport always promote the culture of encounter.

Pope Francis@Pontifex

The World Cup allowed people from different countries and religions to come together. May sport always promote the culture of encounter.

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...Are grateful.

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Thank you for an amazing World Cup.

Gracias por tanto.
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Gracias por tanto.

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